The gift tax exclusion: The gift that keeps giving
Abstract: Among the strategies for reducing the size of a taxable estate is the annual gift tax exclusion. But the exclusion can’t be carried forward and used in future years. In addition, this article points out that the current high exemption is likely temporary and scheduled to drop in 2026. This drop would reduce how much can pass estate-tax-free to heirs and suggests that 2021 might be a good time to make annual exclusion gifts.