A gift tax is a tax levied by the federal government, and in some cases states, on assets transferred from one person to another. The tax requirements could vary greatly in different situations, so it is always wise to consult with a real estate or tax attorney. Look here for some information on gift taxes and what you need to know.
A new condo owner is confused about whether she owes gift taxes or capital gains on the sale of her mother's home. Ilyce explains the rollover replacement rule and gift taxes versus capital gains. Always get a real estate attorney and tax adviser when selling a home when taxes like the gift tax or capital gains are involved.
Should you add your name to your parent's house as a joint tenant or whether the home should be provided for in the will as part of your parent's estate planning? Ilyce explains what would happen if you became a joint tenant, such as whether the IRS would levy a gift tax, as the make estate planning decisions. Ilyce outlines several options as far as estate planning, joint tenant ownership, and whether you should purchase the home from your parent and apply for your own mortgage.
When receiving property from family members, not through inheritance, make sure you are careful to structure the arrangement to avoid triggering the gift tax. One way to structure the deal would be to "purchase" the house. You purchase the house from her and she acts as the bank and finances 100 percent of the purchase. You would then pay her as if she were your mortgage lender (which she would be).
It's not even the end of the year, but fall is the perfect time to start thinking about your taxes. With plenty of time left to spare in the year, you can make sure you pay the right amount next April 15, or even maximize your deductions.
What are the gift taxes associated with real estate inheritance? The person who is giving the land should think about the gift taxes that may be incurred if the real estate is given as an inheritance. Ilyce suggests a conversation about the current owner's wishes and a meeting with an estate attorney before accepting a real estate inheritance and the gift taxes associated with it.