It may be better to give than to receive, as the old saying goes, but it's also best to avoid the taxes on your generosity. What's also smart is knowing when you have to file a tax form as a gift giver.
You can give one person up to $15,000 yearly without incurring any taxes. In fact, you can give multiple people a gift of up to that amount, and they don't even have to be related to you — your son, your daughter, your best friend, your manicurist, whoever.
So, if you give your favorite niece $25,000, you only owe taxes on the $10,000 above the $15,000 limit. And a gift need not be cash. It could be stock or real estate or cars.
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