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I put college money from grandparents for my daughter in an account in her name and mine every year. When she was a wild sixteen year old threatening to clear it out and run away, I took her name off the account so she wouldn't have access. Now I'm filling out fafsa form which asks how much money I have in bank accounts. I'd like to open a new account in her name and transfer the money. Will this be viewed as a gift making me have to do a gift tax return? All of the money was given in checks written to her and under the allowable $14000 exclusion. But since it was in my name only for a time I may have muddied the waters. What should I do?
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Hi. My name’s Lane …

I hold a law degree (J.D.), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate,non-profit, and tax advice, to clients on three continents, since 1986.

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For FAFSA purposes, it's better to have the asset in your name than hers.

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So if reducing the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is the objective, reporting things exactly as they are will generate the lower EFC ( more financial aid).

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The lifetime gift exemption was just taken up to $11,000,000+ ($22,000,000 for couples) so gift/estate tax is likely not an issue.

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Although technically, a gift tax form should be filed for gifts over $14,000 ($15,000 in 2018) unless you think that the grandparents will have given over $22 million, there will be no actual tax paid. (gift tax form is just to track AGAINST that lifetime exemption)

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I would report exactly aas things are today.

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For example, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) bases the expected family contribution (EFC) on 20% of student assets but at most 5.64% of parent assets. So, it is always best to save for college in the parent's name, not the child's name.

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And again, the grandparents liklely have no real benefit from it being out of their estate unless the estate is worth over $20 million.

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But again, if you need more on this, please let me know.

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