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A gift is not income taxable to you. It could be gift taxable unless the donor uses some of their unified credit to give you the gift estate tax free.
You can elect out of gift taxes by using some of your unified credit. Unless you have accumulated net worth in the millions, this gift will not be gift taxable.
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Gifts are taxed as part of estate taxation, as transfers of wealth. The unified credit is an estate tax credit. A gift tax return (709) allows you to report the gift and claim some of your lifetime unified credit to escape gift tax. Most gifts are tax free through the unified credit, which is the mechanism used to claim tax free gifting.