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So, what I'm thinking of doing is gifting the 200 shares to my fiancee, who can then sell them immediately and pay the long-term capital gains tax on it. She's not in a lower bracket, but at least she doesn't need to stay under any limit. It's a little over $10,000, but I can just sell enough to get it under that and stay beneath the IRA limit.

From what I've read at the IRS site and on the FAQs here, this should be fine. Anyone know if I'm missing anything, or if I have a better alternative?

Looks fine to me, and I can't think of an alternative that would prevent the AGI problem and keep the money in the (potential) family.

On that subject, a little early wedding present. Since it sounds like you're both making decent money, remember that you will be considered married for the entire tax year in which you marry. Sit down at the beginning of that year and figure out what you should do about your withholding for the entire year. That way you can avoid an unpleasant marriage penalty surprise when you file that year's return.

Phil Marti
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