Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Gift Tax


I am buying a home for $250000. My bother is giving me $150000 in cash to buy this home and my husband and I are paying the balance in cash.  Will either one of us have to pay a gift tax on the $150000 he is giving us?


Thanks for your question.

Any gift tax is levied on the donor, not the donee.

In this case , it is not likely that there will be any gift tax.  There is an annual exclusion of gifts under $14000 to an unlimited number of persons.  Beyond this, there is a lifetime exclusion of $5,250,000. This is available if he has not previously used up his exemption.

If one exceeds the $14,000 annual amount, a gist tax return must be filed, even if no tax is due.  Using the lifetime exclusion reduces the estate tax exemption, however.

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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