[[My mother has some old EE bonds earning minimum interest and wants a way transferring them to my son tax free and avoiding capital gain taxes. If she were to simply cash in the EE Bond she would have a $6000 gain.]]OK...so far...so good. [[ A broker told her that she could convert the EE Bonds to HH Bonds and list my son as a co-owner of the bond under his SS number. He also said that after 6 months, my son could cash in the bond free of any capital gain taxes. I'm aware of the 10K gifting strategy but this broker led my mom to believe that she could also avoid capital gains by this conversion/transfer. My mom asked her attorney but he admittingly was clueless.]]I don't think so. RevRul 55-278 says that if the taxpayer transfers ownership of Series E or EE bonds (or, by virtue of a tax free exchange into HH bonds) to a co-owner or beneficiary (by having the bond reissued in the name of the co-owner or beneficiary), the taxpayer must report all the previously unreported interest in the year of transfer (reissue). The taxpayer is also considered to have made a gift to this other person. [[Does anyone know the whether this scheme is valid? Or can someone refer me to some on-line publication that might validate this scheme?]]I took a brief look and couldn't find any information that would confirm that this could be done and avoid all current income and future estate taxes. I would love to see the tax information that your broker would have that claims this is a valid technique. So if you happen to get a code section and/or revenue ruling and/or procedure from the broker, please let me know and I'll be happy to try and research it in a bit more detail.TMF TaxesRoyWant to learn more about taxes and investing? Then we have a deal for you!! The Motley Fool Investment Tax Guide is now available through Fool Mart. Be the first one on your block to own this masterpiece. There is still time available to do that tax planning (and tax saving) before the end of the year. So just click on this link (http://www.foolmart.com/market/product.asp?pfid=MF+013+I) to read more about this amazing collection of tax information. (Apologies for the shameless plug…but it is a pretty good book…if I do say so myself). In addition, if you would like to visit the Taxes FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) area, click on http://www.fool.com/school/taxes/taxes.htm and you'll be right at the home page. Pay special attention to the "archives" section. Check it out. Finally, if you need to get to the IRS web site, click on http://www.irs.ustreas.gov to go directly there.
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