Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Gifting Season Approaches

Gifting can be an easy way to transfer your wealth to the next generation. Currently, each person is entitled to gift up to $12,000 per individual, per year, without incurring any gift tax or having to file a gift tax return. Gifts that are less than $12,000 per donee per year are typically called "annual exclusion gifts".

Also, during your life, you can gift up to $1,000,000, on top of your annual exclusion gifts, to others without having to pay gift tax. However, any gifts in excess of the annual exclusion will require a gift tax return. Furthermore, dipping into the $1,000,000 "bucket" reduces the amount that you can pass at your death free from estate tax.

If you would like to reduce the size of your taxable estate and see the appreciation from transferring your wealth to kids, grandkids, or others, gifts can be a great solution.

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