I love it when taxes play a key part in my favorite movies.
Take The Shawshank Redemption. I was watching it this afternoon for the 8,739th time. OK,
Despite all the viewings,
In case you haven't seen the flick as many times as
Yep, tax issues sometimes are a way into jail. But in Andy's case, they were the first step to freedom.
Estate and gift tax advice note: Obviously, movies aren't the best source of tax advice.
Today, you can give up to $13,000 to anyone, family or non-relative, without any gift tax exclusions. That amount is usually adjusted each year for inflation, but since it's been so low in 2009, the limit will probably be the same in 2010.
And if you give a monetary gift to your spouse, there is no limit.
As for estates, right now any valued at up to $3.5 million will not be subject to the federal estate tax, which is 45 percent on estates worth more than that. But be sure to check with your state's revenue department; some still collect estate and inheritance taxes.
The federal estate tax is scheduled to expire on Jan. 1, 2010, but don't count on it. As I mentioned in Death and taxes will continue, before Congress closes down for the year, it will probably extend the 2009 estate tax provisions through 2010.