Thinking of gift giving? Taxpayers who wish to give monetary gifts can take advantage of the annual gift tax exclusion to give up to $15,000 to each person on their gift list without paying a gift tax or eating into their lifetime estate and gift tax exemption. This exclusion is essentially doubled for married couples, as each spouse can gift $15,000 without triggering the gift tax. Annual gifts over the $15,000 per person limit will require you to file a gift tax return, but no tax will be due unless your total lifetime gift exceeds $11,400,000.
As always, you should consult with a qualified tax advisor before making any decisions. We’d be happy to discuss the advantages of gift giving with you. Please call our Tax Department at (781) 407-0300.