For estates raised in 1980 and after, inheritance
tax information can be obtained from the on-line service directly
from the Department of Revenue in Room 185, City Hall. A print-out
of the information may be obtained by attorneys; however, the request
must be made to one of the clerks since the room containing the
computer is not accessible to the public. Generally, information
appears on the service 12 weeks after the inheritance tax return
If an estate or trust is in active status with
the Department of Revenue, it will also appear on the computer,
even if it was opened prior to 1980.
Information may also be obtained from the clerks
in the Inheritance Tax Office, Room 177, City Hall. A call can be
made by the clerk to the Department of Revenue to ascertain whether
a return has been filed. The decedent's social security number,
if known, will aid the search.
For inheritance tax information on closed pre-1980
estates, it is necessary to either visit the Archives or request
that the file be delivered to Room 180, City Hall.
When no Letters have been granted and a miscellaneous
inheritance tax return has been filed, the return is given a miscellaneous
number. If the search date is before 1980, there is no index to
the miscellaneous tax dockets and they must be manually searched
from the year of the decedent's death until the last docket book.
Tax docket books for Wills and administrations
are also available in City Hall, Room 177, until approximately 1981;
however, missing volumes and the scattered placement of the volumes
make these searches difficult.