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Federal Gift, Estate and Generation SkippingTax Exemption Levels

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Federal Gift, Estate and Generation Skipping Tax Exemption Levels

Year

Estate Tax Exemption

Generation Skipping Tax Exemption

Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption

Max Estate &
Gift Tax Rates

2012

 $5.12 million per person
$10.24 million per couple

$5.12 million per person
$10.24 million per couple

 $5.12 million per person
$10.24 million per couple

35% 

2013* 

$5.25 million per person
$10.5 million per couple

$5.25 million per person
$10.5 million per couple 

$5.25 million per person
$10.5 million per couple

 top rate of 40%

2014*

$5.34 million per person
$10.68 million per couple

$5.34 million per person
$10.64 million per couple

$5.34 million per person
$10.68 million per couple

top rate of 40%

* adjusted annually for inflation per the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Gift Tax Annual Exclusion
Gift tax is a tax on assets passed from one individual to another during life. The annual amount excluded from gift tax is linked to the inflation rate and increases periodically to the nearest $1,000. The gift tax annual exclusion amount for gifts from one individual to another individual (not charity) in 2014 remains at $14,000 per person per donee. This means that you may give up to $14,000 to each of any number of individuals in 2014 without paying tax on those gifts. As an example, a couple with two children may each give $14,000 to each child, for a total of $56,000 without paying any gift tax (2 people x 2 children x $14,000 each  =  $56,000). A lifetime gift tax exemption may be used for gifts above the $14,000 annual amount.

You can learn more about estate, gift and income taxes and charitable deductions, and also read IRS Publication 950 Introduction to Gift and Estate Taxes at http://www.irs.gov/ .

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