Submitted By: Charles
Answered: June 8, 2015 8:10 am

What tax liability results if I pay off my son’s mortgage?

You have no income tax liability, but depending upon the size of the remaining balance you may face federal gift tax issues. Your son has no tax liability; your generosity in paying off his mortgage is a gift to him.

Tax Glossary

Adjusted basis

A statutory term describing the cost used to determine your profit or loss from a sale or exchange of property. It is generally your original cost, increased by capital improvements, and decreased by depreciation, depletion, and other capital write-offs.

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