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Is there a Federal or MA state gift tax exemption?

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My wife and I are working on our estate planning.  If there is a Federal or MA state gift tax exemption can you please explain it to me?  How do I give gifts to our grandchildren with this tax benefit?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

There is only a Federal Gift Tax; Massachusetts does not impose a transfer tax on gifts.  Every U.S. Citizen has a cumulative lifetime gifting exemption that was $1,000,000 up until the passage of the recent tax law which increased it to $5,000,000 (but this may only be until the end of 2013).  Additionally, every person has an annual gift tax exclusion of $13,000.  Gifts do, however, have an effect on the Massachusetts Estate Tax.  Furthermore, gifts to grandchildren carry an additional problem at the Federal level due to the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax.  A comprehensive review of a persons estate plan should be performed you are giving substantial gifts.

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