Legal Question in Tax Law in South Carolina

Gift Tax

If I want to give my children 10,000 a piece do I pay a gift tax? Do they pay tax on the money giving? How do I give them the money? Can I write a check or does it need to go thru a lawyer? Are either party required to file a special tax return? Thank you so much for your help.

Asked on 9/30/00, 8:15 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Jonathan Chester Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.

Re: Gift Tax

You may give up to $10,000 annually to as many people as you choose without gift tax consequences (married couples can give a total of $20,000).

The beneficiary pays no tax on the gift received.

If the gift is by check, you do not need a lawyer to help make the gift.

No gift tax return is required where the gift is $10,000 or less.

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Answered on 10/31/00, 9:21 am

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