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Good afternoon. Yes, you want to make the gift all in one year. Minnesota has a gift tax that goes into effect for gifts after 6.30.13, but the $50,000 would be under the exemption amount even if made after 6.30.13. In addition, the first $14,000 doesn't count because it is exempt
under the annual gift exclusion. See: http://www.revenue.state
/GiftTax/factsheets/gift_tax_fs1.pdf. Under the Federal level, There should be no gift tax consequences. Recipients of gifts are not subject to gift tax. And, there should also be no gift tax due from the donor. Each donor can give $14,000 per year per person under the annual gift exclusion. In addition to that, for any amounts in excess of the $14,000 in a year, each person has a $5,250,000 lifetime exemption....which means a person can give a cumulative amount of up to $5,250,000 in gifts over and above the $14,000 annual gift exclusion amount without incurring gift tax....the donor must file a gift tax return
to let the IRS
know how much of the lifetime exemption is being used, but there will be no gift tax until cumulative additional gifts have exceeded the $5,250,000.
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