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What state is this in, and what is the amount that would be transferred to him?
New York, $10K
No, he would not owe anything. NY does have an estate tax, but only for estates over a million. NY does not have an inheritance tax (a tax on individuals receiving an inheritance).
Now any interest earned on the account would owe taxes from your estate (basic income taxes for the interest) but he would not owe anything.
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