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Does Florida Have a Gift Tax?

Does Florida Have a Gift Tax?

If you have an interest in making a significant gift to friends of loved ones, you may be wondering what the tax consequences of doing so may be. Giving should be easy, and it often is, it is just important to make sure that you understand the tax consequences, if any, so you can make an informed decision. When you understand how tax law works, and how financial gifts can be affected, it is even possible to develop a long-term giving strategy that maximizes the benefits and safeholds of state and federal tax laws and regulations.The good news is that in terms of tax laws, Florida is one of the best states in which to live. Florida does not have a gift tax, so the only tax rules that you will have to worry about are federal. 

Federal Gift Tax Regulations 

Good news again when it comes to federal taxes. Under federal tax law, you do not have to pay a federal gift tax until you have reached your lifetime limit on gifts. This limit is quite high. For the 2021 year, the limit for gifts was $11.6 million. This does not mean that you must have given over $11.6 million worth of gifts in 2021 alone, but rather that in 2021 you exceeded having given $11.6 million worth of gifts over the course of your lifetime. For 2022, the lifetime gift limit has been raised to $12.06 million. As for annual tax consequences, the IRS provides an exemption of $16,000 for gifts to individuals. This means that you could make multiple gifts of $16,000 or less (for the year 2022) to multiple individuals, and each of these gifts would be exempted from your income tax.

These annual regulations can help you in developing a gift-giving strategy that also has benefits for your federal income taxes. Strategy can also come into play with regard to the lifetime gift tax exclusion. For instance, a married couple can essentially double their exemptions with proper planning. There is really no limit to the ways that an estate attorney can help you prepare financially. The best strategy for you will depend on the specific circumstances of your case and what exactly you want to achieve. Talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later so that you can preserve your resources while taking care of your loved ones. When it comes to estate planning in a broader sense, an estate attorney can also help you reduce the size of your estate for the purpose of taxation. 

Contact the SG Firm 

If you have questions about estate planning or how state and federal tax laws could affect your short-term or long-term financial goals, it is important to consult with an experienced estate attorney. Each state has different tax and estate laws, so make sure that if you are a Florida resident, you consult with a Florida attorney. The experienced Florida estate law attorneys at the SG Firm are ready to help. Contact the SG Firm today to schedule a consultation.

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