Originally Posted by PNW_Steve
I have questions regarding how best to accommodate the gifting of a primary home. Here is the circumstance:
My Mother in Law has lived in her home for 20+ years. She owns it free & clear. She is moving out and wants to gift the home to my Wife and I. We will be moving in to the home as our primary residence.
I understand and am not concerned with basis and future capitol gains tax.
I am concerned about gift tax.
My first step was to contact our attorney (who happens to run a title company & is a judge). He told me that we could simply quit claim the property and there would be no tax consequences for either party as long as she has not reached the $5 million threshold for gifts.
I questioned this answer as I had consulted Google and read some things that were contrary.
So... I called a CPA. She told me the same thing.
I still have reservations.
Can anyone here point me at a definitive answer?
If I follow their advice and later find error in the advice what could the result be?
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
he is correct; you as a donees are NOT even subject to any gift tax; sinc e she gives you property valued at more than $14k (in 2016) in any one year, your MIL has to file a gift tax form of 709 . Also, under current law she can gift a total of $5.45 million (in 2016) over her lifetime without incurring a gift tax. If the residence is worth less than this amount, she likely won't have to pay any gift taxes, but she will still has to file a gift tax form of 709 as said above. She may be inclined to sign a quitclaim deed that transfers her ownership interest in the home to you. In most cases, quitclaim deeds are used to transfer property between two individuals within the same family or social circle. In other cases, these instruments may be used to transfer ownership of a home from an individual to a sole proprietorship or corporation. They are almost never used to enforce the terms of a normal home sale.