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My father is giving me a 4 acre building lot. Is there any ...

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My father is giving me a 4 acre building lot. Is there any way of getting around the gift tax or minimizing amount of tax you will have to pay?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 8 years ago.

HelloCustomer

How much is the building lot worth?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Merlo's Post: I have not had it appraise yet but it value could range from $150,000 to 200,000
Expert:  Merlo replied 8 years ago.

Hello againCustomer

Many people have heard that you cannot give more than $12,000 in one year's time as a gift to any one individual before it becomes taxable, however, that is not the case. The actual IRS requirement is that if you give a gift of more than $12,000 in any one year to any one individual, you must report the gift on Form 709. Gifts less than $12,000 in value do not need to be reported.

However, under the Unified Tax Credit, each individual is allowed a lifetime exemption on the value of gifts that can be given. That lifetime exemption amount is currently set at $1 million. So if the value of the gift does not exceed $1 million, then no gift tax will be due. Your father would apply his lifetime exemption amount of $1 million against the value of the gift he is now giving you. If the gift is valued at say $200,000, then he would still have another $800,000 he can use towards his lifetime exemption on any future gifts.

So your father will be required to file the Form 709 to report the gift, but no gift tax will be due if he has not already used up his lifetime exemption amount of $1 million.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you. I greatly appreciate the advice. The response was very prompt & helpful. I was wondering if this applies for connecticut as well the feds.
Expert:  Merlo replied 8 years ago.

Hello againCustomer

Your father will also file form CT-709 for the state of Connecticut to report the value of the gift given. But the state of Connecticut allows the same exemption amounts as the IRS, so again no tax will be due.

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