Posts Tagged ‘Annual Exclusion’


The Last (Really BIG) Tax-Free Gift

Under current federal estate tax law there is an exclusion up to $5.12 million in 2012. Taxable estates above this amount are taxed at 35%. This exclusion is scheduled to decrease to $1 million beginning in 2013. The tax rate will also increase to 55%. This exclusion can be used either at death or during life.  In other words, the federal estate tax and the federal gift tax are unified.

There is speculation that Congress won’t allow this exclusion to … Continue reading »


How to Maximize Your Annual Gifts and Minimize Your Estate Taxes

Annual Exclusion

Taxpayers are allowed to gift up to $13,000 per year to an unlimited number of people without having to file a gift tax return or pay a gift tax. If the amount goes over $13,000 to any one individual, then a gift tax return must be filed. This is done on IRS Form 709, United States Gift Tax Return. Connecticut taxpayers required to file a federal gift tax return would be required to file Form CT-706/709. The … Continue reading »


Give…And Keep It "All In The Family"

Individuals may give up to $13,000 per year to an unlimited number of people.  This is known as the annual exclusion.