Currently, every individual who is a resident and citizen of the United States qualifies for an estate tax exemption.

The 2020 estate tax exemption amount is $11.58 million and is indexed for inflation. This means that the first $11.58 million dollars of property a person owns at death is exempt from estate taxes. If a person has made gifts during his lifetime, the exemption at death may be reduced by the amount of the gifts.

Annual Gift Tax Exclusion

A gift tax is a federal tax applied to a person giving anything of value to another person. Gifts made each year at or below the annual exclusion are not taxable gifts. The annual exclusion for 2020 is $15,000; therefore, a person can give $15,000 each year to as many persons as they choose. The gifts are not taxable and do not have to be reported on a gift tax return.

Generation Skipping Transfer Tax

Generation skipping transfer tax, also known as a GST, is a separate tax on property that passes to a "skip person". A skip person is two or more levels below the generation of the person who is making the transfer. The GST tax exemption is currently $11.58 million for a U.S. citizen.

 

  2017 2018 2019 2020
Estate/Gift Tax Exemption $5,490,000 $11,180,000 $11,400,000 $11,580,000
GST Tax Exemption $5,490,000 $11,180,000 $11,400,000 $11,580,000
Annual Gift Tax Exclusion per Donee $14,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000
Estate & Gift Tax Miximum Rate 40% 40% 40% 40%
GST Rate 40% 40% 40% 40%
Portability of Unused Exemption Amount Yes Yes Yes Yes

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