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Federal tax for monetary gifts

By Terry Savage on February 28, 2024 | Wild Card

Hello Terry – I want to set up a custodial account for each of my 4 young grandchildren. I know there is no gift tax in Illinois, but there is an $18,000 “limit”, federally. My initial gift to each of them is under $18,000, but together, it will exceed that in one family. Do these funds go directly to each grandchild, or it considered a lump sum to my son (which would exceed $18,000) since they are minors?

Terry Says

DO NOT set up custodial accounts. They will weigh heavily against the family when they fill out the financial aid forms – FAFSA.
Instead open a BrightStart college savings fund.
Read this on how they work:



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