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IRS GIFT TAX RULES

Under the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, the service has a three (3) year statute of limitations after the filing of IRS Form 709 to assess gift taxes on a gift, so long as the gift is adequately disclosed on the return. If a gift is not disclosed on Form 709, the statute of limitations does not begin to run on that gift. Form 709 requires the disclosures of prior gifts, so that the tax on the current gifts can be properly calculated (since prior gifts can impact the rate of tax and available unified credit applicable to the current year computations). The question has arisen as to what happens if a gift is improperly reported on a return? A recent Chief Counsel Advice 201643020 concludes that the Code does not support an extended statute of limitations in this circumstance. However, I do not recommend filing an improper return with the IRS.