David Lerner Associates: How to Give Money to Family Members Without Incurring Taxes
Many people aren't aware that gifts to family members could be subject to federal gift taxes. The American Taxpayer Relief Act (the legislation passed on January 1, 2013, that averted the so-called fiscal cliff) raised the top estate and gift tax rate from 35 to 40 percent.
David Lerner Associates: Analyzing Estate Planning and Income Tax Basis
Income tax basis may be essential when deciding whether to make gifts now or transfer real estate at your death. The income tax basis for the person receiving the property depends upon whether the transfer is by gift or at death.