Articles Tagged with Gifting

Money giftMost people prefer to maintain possession all of their assets, letting them go to the next generation only after they have passed away. But if a family member feels that they have more than enough money and property and others in the family are in need or would benefit from having access to the assets, then the older person can make gifts during their lifetime. This can be very rewarding to the benefactors.

When it comes to giving methods, there are many ways to skin the cat. This was the subject of a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, "Guide to Life: Pros and cons of leaving inheritances to relatives." Nevertheless, some of those giving methods are more tax savvy than others.

The article mentions three such ways:

MP900439289Some high-net worth families still face the challenge of reducing their estate to minimize or eliminate estate taxes, although the federal estate tax exclusion is currently larger than it has ever been. The portability of unused exclusion amounts are at $5.43 million for individuals and $10.86 million for couples. But a 40 percent top estate tax rate on amounts above the exemption concerns those with large estates.

High-net worth individuals managing their estates are better off working with an experienced estate planning attorney, The Marietta Daily Journal confirms in a recent article, titled “Estate reduction ensuring wealth transfer to heirs.”  With the changes in estate and gift tax laws, have an expert on your side to ensure your documentation is drafted properly and work with your financial advisor to plan asset transfers to heirs.

An easy move for wealthy families is gifting. Individuals can gift up to $14,000 per year, per individual without incurring a gift tax. The amount doubles for spouses. There’s an informational gift tax return to be filed, but there’s no tax due if the gift is under the annual exclusion limit.


"Kids inherit money. We don't want it."

Sometimes too much inheritance all at once is a threat to moral development, it’s true, but sometimes a gift can threaten a college education by complicating financial aid.

As parents of the college-bound understand to a dizzying degree, financial aid is a difficult calculus of have and have not. It is often an entirely necessary salvation. Unfortunately, the types of income a parent or a student of a parent receive will have dramatic influences both on the availability of financial aid and the ease with which it is attained.

Giving-to-charity2I know that most people will simply write a check to their charity of choice but for many, there is a more tax efficient way to gift, right?

With the end of 2013 fast approaching, have you considered your year-end charitable gift strategy? While it is sometimes hard to figure out to whom you are going to give to, also remember to consider what you are going to give. In addition to your time and/or your money, there are other special (yet common) assets to donate.

Most seasoned donors are already well acquainted with the fact that there are many great tax advantages to charitable giving. In that spirit, keep in mind that those appreciated securities you have may be the perfect gift to benefit your charities rather than the IRS.

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