[[Yes, I was the one who had asked about my parents writing me a check for 500k as a sort of lifetime gift when the business we have operated sells. You had said that they may be in a Pickle down the road with estate tax issues. Post #8159 . They are not working with anyone on this. Rather than transfer shares of stock to me we decided some time back this is how I would be compensated when the business sold. Dont really know how it would affect them negatively.]]It may impact them negatively, Jerry, because they can only give so much before they begin to use up all of their unified gift/estate tax credit. The amount of the unified credit amounts to $625k currently. If they gift you $500k, that means that they'll pay estate taxes on anything that they own in excess of $125k (if they happen to pass away this year...God forbid). And without the proper tax and estate planning, they could just screw up their entire estate, and pay CONSIDERABLE taxes to Uncle Sammy upon their death (remember that the estate taxes can reach as high as 60% of the net estate assets).So if you parents are fortunate enough to have a half a million dollars to gift to you, they most likely have considerable other assets. And if that is the case, they could really get in an estate tax pickle. So they CERTAINLY have enough money to cut lose with a few thousand and visit a qualified estate planner and get the appropriate advice and council for their estate. The attorney can be made aware of the gift that will be coming your way, and can plan for that gift within the entire estate plan. It would CERTAINLY be in their best interest. Believe me.Good luck...TMF TaxesRoy
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