philliph2: "My 82 yr old mom just took me out of her will (about $500K at this time). Not as a punishment, but my sister who lives close by has been her sole caregiver and my sister (no kids, no mortgage, no savings, poor job) has had a tough life. I am doing reasonably well (2 kids, mortgage, some savings, good job) and I live across the country. So my mom decided to cut me out because I am doing all right and my sister isn't and my sister is helping out so much. Anyway, I found out after the fact that I am out. I was not happy with the decision and complained to my sister. She would end up with more money/assets as a single person than I have with a family, college educations and a job that could end up in China any day. My sister and I talked and she said not to worry, that she would take care of me and send me my share anyway. I believe her and we don't want to upset and maybe argue with our mom about changing it back again.Questions:There would be no inheritance taxes for my sister, but can my sister just give me $250K?Will, I have to report this income and be taxed?"Being the sole cargiver is extremely taxing, and I would describe your mother's actions as reqarding her caregiver as opposed to punishing you or cutting you out. After all, it is your mother's money to with as she wishes.It was not your sister's decision, why complain to her. It was your mother's decision.Your sister can give you anything that she owns. If the value of the gift is greater than the annual exclusion, then she would need to file a gift tax return. She would also use some of her lifetime exclusion and not owe gift taxes until the lifetime exclusion was full gone.You generally do not owe taxes on gifts. And money from your sister as described above would be a gift and not an inheritance.I am with the first two responders on this one.Regards, JAFO
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