The U.S. Gift Tax Return is called a form 709. I will provide a link to the form below.
Lines 12 through 18 of the gift tax return form have to do with a spousal consent to have gifts to 3rd parties treated as if made half by each spouse. Line 18 is for the signature of the consenting spouse.
Additionally, if both spouses are filing gift tax returns, the directions require that both returns be mailed in the same envelope.
Its pretty simple, actually. You might still want to have an attorney or account assist in the preparation of the return.
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You and your wife can give $13,000 each to your son.
Your $20,000 gift does not have to reported because it is less than $26,000.
You can repeat this in January without reporting to the IRS.
If you give more than $26,000-you can file the 709 gift tax return and elect to pay the tax or use up part of your lifetime exemption.
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Both attorney offer sound advice. But be careful here. If it was you who gave the $20,000 gift with your separate funds, then you must file a gift tax return, Form 709, and your wife must consent to gift splitting on such form. You should have a good tax accountant or tax attorney assist you.
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There are several items of information I would need to know before appropriately responding to your question. I suggest that you either consult an attorney or qualified tax return preparer or research the matter further. If you choose to look into the issues yourself, start with the Instructions for Form 709 and IRS Publication 950. I have included the links to both resources below. Good luck!Ask a similar question