Federal Transfer Tax System: Gift Tax Basics

Federal Transfer Tax System: Gift Tax Basics

First instituted by the Revenue Act of 1924, gift taxes are incurred when there is a voluntary transfer (i.e., gift) of cash or other property from one individual to another that is less than fair market value.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines fair market value as, “… the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” Each individual is allowed to donate up to $13,000 in cash or property per donor annually without facing a tax, a practice commonly referred to as the annual exclusion.

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Know This Before Disputing A Life Insurance Beneficiary – It’s An Uphill Climb

Know This Before Disputing A Life Insurance Beneficiary – It’s An Uphill Climb

You hired a divorce attorney, split your possessions amicably, remarried, and lived happily ever after for 30 years. Everything’s been taken care of, right? Wrong.

Did you remember to change the beneficiary on your life insurance policy? If not, there’s a good chance your life insurance proceeds might go to your previous spouse, leaving your current partner with nothing more than a pile of bills.

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