The Internal Revenue Service recently announced numerous new inflation-adjusted limits for 2023 regarding your taxes, some of which will enable families to transfer more wealth tax-free to their heirs during their lifetime or at their death.

Another change affects the annual exclusion gifts and starting in 2023 you can gift up to $17,000 to as many people as you wish without impacting your lifetime gift and estate tax exclusion or causing you to pay any gift tax. Therefore, couples can give $34,000 ($17,000 each) in annual gifts to each child, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister, brother, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend they wish. This is an increase for each spouse from $16,000 in 2022.

The next significant change is to your lifetime estate and gift tax exemption, also referred to as the unified credit, which increases from $12.06 million presently to $12.92 million in 2023.  This means a successful couple can pass on a total of $25.84 million without creating a gift tax liability.

In cases where couples have already maxed out their lifetime gifts, now they can give an extra $1.72 million to their families in 2023.  That’s in addition to making $34,000 per couple (two times $17,000) in annual gifts to each child, grandchild, sister, brother, niece, nephew, neighbor and friend they’re feeling generous towards.

Find all the new IRS numbers in Revenue Procedure 22-38.

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About the Author: Randall Borkus

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