The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld legislative changes to the state’s estate tax law that saved the state millions of dollars in refunds.
The court ruled Thursday that the move taken by lawmakers last year — in response to a previous state Supreme Court ruling — was constitutional, did not intrude upon judicial power, and that the retroactive nature of the changes were not a violation of the estates’ due process rights.
The change in law was in response to a 2012 ruling by the high court, which determined the estate tax did not apply to married couples who had used a certain type of trust in their estate planning. The ruling was in response to challenges brought by two estates: one that already paid the tax and was seeking a refund, and another that was fighting a tax bill from the state.