Federal gift tax laws play an integral role in reducing an estate’s income tax liabilities. As a taxpayer, making lifetime gifts can reduce your estate’s gross tax liabilities since these gifts are not included as part of your gross estate at your death in most cases. According to the federal Internal Revenue Code, a gift is one in which real or personal property, cash or any other type of property is given away without consideration or payment in return. A lifetime gift is one in which you retain no other control and is complete at the time of your death.
Each taxpayer is able to exclude up to $13,000 in annual gift taxes. This means that neither the gift recipient nor the gift donor pays federal income taxes for gifts of up to $13,000. The annual gift exclusion applies to gifts of up to $13,000 made to each done. This means that if you have three children, you can give each child a cash or property gift of up to $13,000 per year without paying federal income taxes. As you can see, making a lifetime gift may make sense since it will reduce your federal estate taxes, which is important in estate planning. Your beneficiaries will not have to pay federal income taxes on property given away while you were alive. By giving your children money now, you can help them save money on estate income taxes after your death.
This blog is part 1 of 3 on how Federal Gift Taxes cab reduce an estate’s tax liability. Tune in to our blog tomorrow to read Part 2.