Decatur, GA asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for Georgia

Q: My parents reside in Puerto Rico and want to contribute to my daughter's education. Is there a gift tax exclusion in PR?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Puerto Rico, like in the United States, there are provisions for gift tax exclusions. Your parents can give gifts up to a certain amount each year without incurring gift tax. As of 2023, the annual gift tax exclusion in the United States is $16,000 per recipient. Since Puerto Rico follows similar tax rules to the U.S., this exclusion likely applies there as well.

However, Puerto Rico has its own tax code, and there may be specific rules and limits that differ slightly from those in the U.S. mainland. It's important for your parents to consult with a tax professional in Puerto Rico to understand the exact details and any potential tax implications of their gift.

If your parents plan to contribute significantly to your daughter's education, they might also explore options like education savings accounts, which can offer additional tax benefits. Again, consulting with a tax professional is advisable to navigate these options effectively.

Remember, when making substantial gifts, it's always prudent to understand the tax implications to ensure compliance with local tax laws and to take advantage of any available tax benefits.

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