ARE YOU TAXED ON GIFT FUNDS?
One of the most common questions we hear from home buyers is
about gift funds. You can use gift
funds from a relative towards a down payment and in most cases, there is no tax
consequence to the donor.
The current annual amount that is tax-free, or excluded from
taxes, is $17,000 per donor per individual.
For example, a couple may gift to their child $34,000 tax-free. ($17K per donor) They may also gift $34,000
to their child’s spouse. And, to all
their other children and spouses, grandchildren, etc. at $17,000 per donor
But, what if they gift a larger sum, $200,000 or more? Right now, the lifetime exclusion for gift
tax is $12,920.000. Yes, almost $13 million
per individual. A gift larger than
$17,000 per individual must be reported to the IRS on form 709 and yet, no tax
is due unless and until the donor passes the threshold of $12.92 million. However, this threshold expires in
2026. At that point it will likely
revert back to $5 or $6 million. Funds
already gifted over that threshold will be “grandfathered” and no gift tax will
We always suggest consulting with a professional CPA, tax
preparer or estate attorney on these matters.
But, for most of the “hoi polloi” (the common people, or the masses)
this will likely not present a future tax issue. If you are a Hoi Oligoi (elite or the few)
you may owe taxes for larger gifts.
RATES and ARMs
You’d think that short term ARMS (Adjustable Rate
Mortgages) would have lower rates, right?
Not in this environment. Since
the market anticipates more volatility in the short term-- and that rates
will drop sooner than later, short term rates, for 5- and 7-year ARMs are
HIGHER than for 30 year fixed rate loans right now. This is the dreaded “inverted yield curve”
foretelling recession on the horizon.
Yes, it is that time of year again! We are in the process of
sending out the final closing statements for all clients who closed a loan in 2022. This is necessary when prepping for your 2022
tax return. This year the due date is
April 18 for individual federal tax returns. The IRS is already accepting
filings. REMEMBER IF YOU PLAN TO BUY OR REFINANCE THIS YEAR, HAVE YOUR
LOAN OFFICER REVIEW DRAFTS PRIOR TO FILING.
Recently a client reached out with a complaint regarding
capital gains on the sale of a rental.
This in turn affected her Medicare premiums. A quick review of her taxes revealed her
CPA had entered the wrong basis for the property upon inheritance, which means
she overpaid by a hefty amount on her taxes.
Good news: Amending the returns
will result if a refund of over $30,000 and an attendant reduction in the
REVERSE FOR PURCHASE LOAN
Yes, you can use a reverse loan to buy a home. This increases your buying power, and there
is no monthly payment required for the loan. Please reach out to us for more
information. These are a very useful
tool in the retirement planning process.