(Money Magazine) -- Q: A variable annuity that I've owned for many years has risen a great deal in value. Can I gift it to my kids? -- Anthony Cupo, Fayetteville, Ind.
A: You can, and you won't owe gift taxes as long as the annuity's current market value doesn't put you over your lifetime gift-tax exclusion (currently $5 million).
But another tax trap can make this strategy unappealing, says University of Southern California tax law professor Edward McCaffery.
When you make a gift of a variable annuity, you'll owe income taxes on your entire investment gain.
|Overnight Avg Rate||Latest||Change||Last Week|
|30 yr fixed||4.37%||4.31%|
|15 yr fixed||3.40%||3.32%|
|30 yr refi||4.38%||4.31%|
|15 yr refi||3.39%||3.32%|
Today's featured rates:
A court-appointed administrator announced the distribution Friday of $76 million to roughly 27,500 U.S. customers of now-defunct Full Tilt Poker. More
Maker's Row matches American manufacturers with U.S. companies who want a "Made in the USA" label. More
As free checking disappears from the nation's biggest banks, the accounts remain alive and well at credit unions. More