The Wall Street Journal broke the good news as early as it could, in a Q&A entitled “Expect Gift Limit to Rise Next Year.” First, a caveat: it’s not the present lifetime exclusion of $5.12 million you can expect to see increase, as the jury is still very much out on that one. Rather, it’s the annual gift tax exemption presently set at $13,000.
Currently, you can exclude $13,000 per person per year, before ever reducing your lifetime exemption amount. Good news: that amount is set to adjust up to $14,000.
We await official numbers, but they should arrive later in the year. If and when the annual gift exclusion increases, this will bring a welcome bump in your wealth transfer opportunities.
If nothing else, the attention given to this uptick in the annual gift exclusion also may offer a wake-up call to the power of annual giving. Just think of what you can do for each of your loved ones with an annual gift of $14,000.
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Reference: The Wall Street Journal (September 29, 2012) “Expect Gift Limit to Rise Next Year”