Currently, the federal gift tax exclusion amount is $5,000,000. If Congress does nothing, which we know from recent years is a real possibility, the law sunsets on December 31, 2012 and the exclusion amount will drop to $1,000,000. If Congress does act, it is possible (maybe even likely) that the exclusion amount will be lower than $5,000,000. This means that the wealthy may have less than two years to gift significant wealth tax-free.
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