If a family member sends me over $100,000 as a gift, will I have to pay income tax on this amount? Thank you.
No. Gift tax applies to the gift-giver (donor) not the receiver (donee). The person who gave the gift will have to receive tax advice and probably be told to file a gift tax return to report the gift, although they may not have to pay any gift tax now.
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If you receive a monetary gift you will not have to pay any taxes as the recipient. The donor can benefit from your gift because of (1) reduced estate taxes and (2) reduced income taxes. Moving money out of an estate via lifetime gifts removes future appreciation on the asset. Plus, if you give property that has a low tax basis (such as a rental house that has depreciated way below its fair market value), or property that generates a lot of taxable income, you may reduce income taxes paid within a family by shifting these assets to family members in lower tax brackets.
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