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I took on my sons debit 15 years ago of around $20,000 and…

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I took on my sons debit 15 years ago of around $20,000 and he gave me Christmas gift this year of (2) $10,000 checks one to my wife and one to me saying he and my wife and I would be ok tax wise due to the gift tax law. My question is what is my income tax liability if any for my wife and I and my son with this $20,000 and is there a way to reduce my liability or protect me from a huge tax liability I don’t know if it matters but I am retired

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I don’t think so just I have been paying off this debt for 15 years because I put it mostly on credit cards

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Tax Professional: Robin D., Senior Tax Advisor 4 replied 4 months ago

When you receive a gift you are not taxed on that amount. You do not have to report it either (unless thegiver is a nonresident alien and they give you $100,000 or more).

You are not liable for this gift.

If you son was paying you back on a loan then you are taxed on the interest in the payment.

As long as this was gift then yo are not required to do anything for tax purposes.

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