Submitted By: Jennifer
Answered: March 2, 2012 9:30 am

My mom wants to give me $25,000. I plan to use $15,000 of the gift to buy a car. Am I taxable on the gift? Is my mother taxable on the gift?

How fortunate you are to have such a generous mother. You’re also fortunate in that no part of the gift is taxable to you. However, your mom may have gift tax (not income tax) issues. She can give up to $13,000 each year with no gift tax concern. She can also pay medical expenses or tuition in any amount on your behalf when directly paying the provider. She can use part of her lifetime gift tax exemption ($5 million) to ensure she won’t pay any gift tax now. But this will reduce her estate tax exemption in the future.

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Market discount

The difference between face value of a bond and lower market price, attributable to rising interest rates. On a sale, gain on the bond is generally taxed as ordinary income to the extent of the discount.

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