As the year comes to a close, many individuals are looking for ways to give back and make charitable donations. However, it’s important to keep in mind the gift tax exemption limits set by the IRS.
What is gift tax?
Gift tax is a tax on gifts given during your lifetime. It is separate from estate taxes, which are imposed after death. The amount of gift tax owed depends on the value of the gift and whether or not you have reached your lifetime exclusion limit.
2023 Gift Tax Exemption Limits
According to recent reports, in 2023, taxpayers can give up to $16,000 per recipient without having to pay any federal gift taxes. This means that if you have multiple recipients you want to give gifts to (such as children or grandchildren), you can give them each up to $16k without any additional taxes.
But that’s not all! There are also options for giving larger gifts beyond this threshold:
In addition to the annual exclusion limit of $16k per recipient, taxpayers also have a lifetime exclusion amount they can use towards their gifts. In 2023, this allowance will be $6 million. This means that if you exceed your annual exclusions in any given year (giving more than $16k per person), those excess amounts will count against your lifetime exclusion amount.
Splitting Gifts with Your Spouse
If you’re married and file joint income returns, there’s even more good news! Both spouses get an annual exclusion limit when gifting together under IRS guidelines; which means they may collectively contribute up-to double ($32K) towards one recipient’s non-taxable fund — or ten recipients’ non-taxable funds with maximum thresholds ranging from ($160K-$320K).
It’s essential always considering both federal regulation requirements regarding tax-exempt gifting and the personal risk of your own asset growth or wealth management. Knowing how much you can donate is important when it comes to planning your finances.
Keep these 2023 gift tax exemption limits in mind as you plan for future gifts, and don’t hesitate to consult a financial advisor for guidance on tax planning strategies that could maximize your charitable giving while optimizing both regulatory adherence and lasting financial security.
Q: What is the 2023 gift tax exemption amount?
A: The IRS has announced that the gift tax exemption amount for 2023 will be $16,000 per person, which means you can give up to $16,000 to any individual without incurring gift tax liability.
Q: Is there a limit on how much I can give as gifts to my children or grandchildren?
A: No, there is no overall limit on how much you can give away as gifts over your lifetime; however, if your annual gifts exceed the annual exclusion of $16,000 per person in a single year and do not qualify for one of the special rules allowing higher limits (such as educational or medical expenses), you may have to pay gift taxes.
Q: Will I owe taxes on gifts above the 2023 gift tax exemption amount?
A: If you make a qualifying gift below that amount during 2018-2022 period it will not count against your lifetime estate and gift tax exclusion ($11.7 million); therefore no taxes would be owed on such an exempted giving amount.For example if someone gifted their child with $14k each year from 2018 through until end of this year (totaling $84k) they still have remaining estate and gift tax exclusion amount ($11.616 million).