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RD, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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I need to cash out $80,000.00 from my Mutual Fund Portfolio ...

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I need to cash out $80,000.00 from my Mutual Fund Portfolio to give my son a down payment for a home and debt consolidation. I have had some of the funds since 98 and some are as new as 2004. I cannot use my son's down payment as an investment as it has to show as a "gift" for mortage purposes. How can I do this without getting nailed on taxes in 06. My annual income is only $8000.00 a year. I do have a home that I can deduct the interest from but that is my only deduction. HELP
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  RD replied 10 years ago.
You will have to pay capital gain on sale of your Mutual funds. To the extent the gain is long terms(funds held over a year) it will be taxed at 15%. You will have to determine the gain based on the sale price and the cost basis of the portfolio.

The money given to your son will be considered as a gift from you to him.
IRS allows you can to give up to $1,000,000 in gifts, total, in your lifetime, before you start owing the gift tax. (This gift is not per (donee)person but its a per donor limit). So you can make gifts that are worth up to a million bucks during your lifetime without paying the gift tax. . Even if you do not owe a gift tax because you have not reached the $1,000,000 limit, you are still required to file this form if you made a gift that does not qualify as excludable. The IRS needs to keep a running tab of your $1,000,000 lifetime exemption.

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