Posted by Fredric C. Jacobs, Esq., Sarasota, FL
Question: I want to give gifts to my family. What are the tax rules on giving away gifts during your lifetime?
Answer: You are free to give away gifts forming part of your estate while you are alive without incurring any federal gift tax or estate tax but there are limits to be aware of which do change from time to time.
For 2014, the limit has been raised to $5.34 million which means that you can gift this amount away during your lifetime without owing this tax. Annually, you are entitled to gift up to $14000 in cash or other assets to as many recipients as you would like which is the annual exclusion amount.
In addition, other gifts which are not subject to tax include:
• Schooling fees, if paid directly to the school
• Medical expenses also if paid directly to the treatment provider
• Gifts to your spouse (if your spouse is a U.S. citizen)
• Gifts to a political organization for its use
• Gifts to certain charities
It is worth noting that the current federal gift/estate tax rate is 40% and that if a gift is subject to taxation then it is the person who makes the gift, not the person receiving the gift, who has to pay the tax due.
For more in depth advice specific to your family’s situation, please contact us and we will be happy to set up an initial consultation with one of our highly experienced tax attorneys.
Fredric C. Jacobs, Esq.
Bach & Jacobs, P.A.
240 S. Pineapple Avenue, Suite 700
Sarasota, FL 34236