Washington Law Review


Donna Berg


Petitions for setting aside the homestead or for an award in lieu of homestead are relatively common, and the family allowance is often requested. The availability of family support payments as deductions from the decedent's estate for federal estate and state inheritance tax purposes will be considered in this Comment. Their deductibility vel non for Washington State Inheritance Tax purposes is reasonably clear. For Federal Estate Tax purposes, it appears that the homestead or in lieu of homestead award does qualify, but that the family allowance does not qualify, for the marital deduction.

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