Wyoming Taxes – Great Facts About Wyomings Wonderful Tax Climate


Last week Christy and I were treated to an excellent discussion at our Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty morning meeting about Wyoming Taxes.  Every Wednesday the agents and staff at Sotheby’s get together to discuss new listings, recent sales activity, office policies and important educational seminars.  This past week we had the pleasure of having Jim Gersack, VP of Wealth Management at First Interstate Back in Jackson Hole (who can be reached at 307-732-7852 or by email at james.gersack@fib.com) give us an interesting presentation of the current momentum Wyoming is receiving from individuals looking to relocate their residency to Wyoming.  You see, Wyoming is simply one of the top states in the country to live in if you are looking to preserve wealth and to avoid major taxes that many state impose on individuals and businesses.

So why is Wyoming so special?:

In March, 2013 Wyoming was rated as the top tax-friendly state by Barrons Penta (Barron’s Penta offers advice for families with assets of $5M or more). Residents of Wyoming reap significant tax benefits due to its tax certainty, asset and creditor protection and state budget surplus of $1 billion.

• According to a study by 24/7 Wall Street, Wyoming is the 2nd best run state with regards to account debt per capita, budget deficits, unemployment, and median household income

• Wyoming has very progressive estate and tax planning legislation with more to come

• Wyoming has $6.1 billion in their Mineral Trust Fund and nearly $1.3 billion in cash in their Legislative Stabilization Reserve Account

• Wyoming has a AAA credit rating, the highest possible (and better than the Federal Government)

• All Wyoming high school graduates have access to the Hathaway Scholarship, a state program that provides free college tuition who qualify with both merit- and needs

• And if you need more convincing, Wyoming has the lowest beer tax at just 2 cents per gallon.

When compared to higher tax states such as California, New York, Illinois or Maryland (which recently instituted a “rain tax” estimated to cost Marylanders $300 million annually) it becomes clear why Jackson Hole, Wy is experiencing a surge of tax-motivated buyers.

To learn more about Jackson Hole and some of its advantages please feel free to contact us – the Jackson Hole Real Estate Experts – at 307-413-5243 or by email at Garth.gillespie@jhsir.com



Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit – Time is Running Out!

Last fall, Congress extended the Home Buyer Tax Credit to April 30, 2010 and expanded the program to apply to non-first time homebuyers as well. These buyers are sometimes referred to as “repeat buyers” or “long term residents”.

 Here are some further details on the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit:

Deadline: All buyers must be under contract to purchase a home by April 30, 2010 and must close on that home by July 1, 2010.

Type of Property: This credit may only be applied to primary residences and can include townhomes, condos and single family homes.

Type of Buyer: In order to qualify as a first time home buyer, buyers cannot have owned a home anytime over the last 3 years. In order to qualify as a ‘repeat buyer’, the current homeowners must have used the home that is being sold as a principal residence for 5 consecutive years within the last 8 years. Additionally, the full credit is only available for taxpayers with a modified adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less.

Tax Credit: The tax credit for first time homebuyers is $8,000 and the tax credit for “long-time residents” is $6,500. Buyers can apply their credit to their 2009 return or apply the credit on their 2010 tax return.

Trivia: For 2008 and so far for 2009 tax year, the IRS reported that 1.763 million tax payers applied for the First Time Home Buyer Credit and received credits of $12.4 billion. (Source: CNBC 03/17/10)

 Time is running out – must be under contract by April 30, 2010.

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Wyoming ranks FIRST in 2009 Business Tax Climate!

There has been a lot of talk about the Tax Credit for First Time Homeowners on this blog so I thought I would switch it up and let you read about all the terrific tax situations in the great state of Wyoming.

An excellent source of tax information whether it is Wyoming’s excellent tax climate or the tax climate of your state.

State By State Map


And maybe most importantly – Beer Tax NOTICE who is #1 in least amount of Beer Tax!


1. No state income tax

2. Dynasty trusts: In Wyoming, you can shield your real estate from federal estate taxes for up to 1,000 years through a dynasty trust.

3. No inheritance tax

4. No state gift tax

5. No tax on out-of-state retirement income

6. Low property taxes (well, we think so) actually ranked 38th.

7. No excise taxes

8. No tax on mineral ownership

9. No intangible taxes

10. No tax on the sale of real estate.

To learn more about the benefits of owning real estate in Jackson Hole and Wyoming please visit us. Feel free to call us at 307-739-8056 or email us at garth.gillespie@sothebyshomes.com.

Housing and the Stimulus Package – Jackson Hole Status Report

February 17, 2009

Christy and Garth Gillespie, the “Jackson Hole Experts” have reviewed the Stimulis Bill and Treasury announcements made last week and being signed today and here are our thoughts.

We were in support for a $15,000 tax credit but that was defeated. We are very excited to report much of what the National Association of REALTORS campaigned for was introduced and kept into the bill and are equally excited to see the already established tax breaks stay in effect.

So here’s what is part of the package: 1) the loan limits will be raised to $727,000 in high cost areas, 2) the tax credit will be raised to $8,000, 3) the bill has over $50 billion in it for foreclosure mitigation, 4) Fannie has just agreed to lift the cap of 4 investment properties eligible for loans and raise it to 10.

In addition, the Government preserved what we have – mortgage interest deductability, real estate tax deductability, and the $250,000/$500,000 cap gains exclusion (an overall package worth more than $100 billion).

We also reviewed where the $727 billion dollar stimulus package was being spent – unfortunately NOT in Teton County, Wyoming or Idaho….

We will continue to update the benefits of the Stimulus Bill as more details are released. For more information on the Jackson Hole Real Estate market please feel free to contact us at 307-739-8056 or send us an email to gillespie@NUMBER1EXPERT.com.

United States Senate Approves $8,000 Tax Credit For Home Buyers -Including Jackson Hole Home Buyers

American flagwater ripple and water drop falling in the middleIf you decide to purchase a home, whether it is in Jackson Hole or not, within the next year, you will be entitled to a $8,000 tax credit, thanks to an amendment written by Georgia’s Senator Johnny Isakson. This amendment to the economic stimulus bill will be available to any home buyer within a year of it’s enactment. Homebuyers will be entitled to claim a total tax credit of $8,000 or 10% of the purchase price, which will not be difficult to do in the Teton County, Wyoming real estate market.  In Teton County our average sale is way over $1,000,000. To avoid possible abuse of this credit, it is only allowed for your primary residence and will only have to be re-paid if said house is sold within two years of purchase.

Isakson has a lot of experience in the Real Estate market, as he ran one of the most successful Real Estate Brokerage companies in the Southeast for twenty years. He is convinced that this credit will work because of a similar tax break Congress introduced in the mid-1970’s, when our country was in the midst of a housing crisis similar to the one we are faced with today. The results back then were positive, as home values did eventually stabilize and the market recovered.

It is our belief that adding this tax credit to the already established benefits to home owership will help to kick start the real estate market in Jackson Hole. We are starting to witness a renewed interest in the market as showings have increased tenfold from November. Offers are still scarce but time is of the essence and Buyers are starting to feel more comfortable with the current market in Jackson Hole. For more information on the real estate market in Jackson Hole please feel free to call Christy and Garth Gillespie, associates at Sotheby’s International Realty of Jackson Hole, at 877-739-8056.