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IRS Raising Annual Gift Tax and Estate Tax Exclusions in 2024

Jan. 8, 2024

In an effort to keep up with inflation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced adjustments to the annual gift tax and estate tax exclusions for the year 2024. These changes are a reflection of the evolving economic landscape and aim to ensure that taxpayers are aware of their obligations and entitlements.

Annual Gift Tax Exclusion Increase: Starting from calendar year 2024, the annual exclusion for gifts will increase to $18,000, up from $17,000 in 2023. This adjustment allows individuals to gift up to $18,000 per recipient without triggering any gift tax liability. This increase provides more flexibility for taxpayers to transfer assets to their loved ones during their lifetime while minimizing potential tax consequences.

Estate Tax Exclusion Increase: Similarly, the estate tax exclusion limit will also rise in 2024. For individual taxpayers who pass away in this year, the decedent's gross estate at death, reduced by lifetime taxable gifts, can be exempted up to $13,610,000. This higher threshold ensures that fewer estates will be subject to federal estate taxes, protecting the assets passed down to beneficiaries.

Implications for Taxpayers: The increased annual gift tax and estate tax exclusions for 2024 offer several benefits for taxpayers. Firstly, it allows individuals to transfer larger amounts of wealth to their heirs or charitable organizations without incurring taxes. This can be particularly advantageous for individuals with significant assets who wish to engage in strategic estate planning.

Additionally, the higher exclusions provide room for tax-efficient gifting strategies. By utilizing the increased annual exclusion, taxpayers can make gifts that not only benefit the recipients but also minimize potential estate tax liabilities in the future. As always, it is crucial for individuals to stay informed about changes in tax laws and consult with professionals who can provide personalized advice based on individual circumstances. By making use of the increased exclusions, taxpayers can make the most of their estate planning strategies and ensure a smooth transfer of wealth to future generations.

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