Submitted By: someone
Answered: August 27, 2021 12:24 am

If I give my daughter $5,000 each year for my granddaughter’s college tuition, do I have to file any tax return?

A gift of a present interest (e.g., cash) to each recipient up to the annual exclusion amount ($15,000 in 2021) is not subject to gift taxes and does not require the filing of a gift tax return (Form 709). A gift of any dollar amount made directly to an educational institution for a child’s or grandchild’s tuition is not taxed. No gift tax return is required.

Tax Glossary

Private letter ruling

A written determination issued to a taxpayer by the IRS that interprets and applies the tax laws to the taxpayer’s specific set of facts. A letter ruling advises the taxpayer regarding the tax treatment that can be expected from the IRS in the circumstances specified by the ruling. It may not be used or cited as precedent by another taxpayer.

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