For gift splitting to be official, both spouses must agree to the gift and specify the situation when filing taxes. In 2011, the gift tax exemption was set at $13,000 per individual gift annually. Gift splitting allows a couple to donate a total of $26,000 before being taxed on the contribution.
For example, let's say you want to give your child $20,000 to purchase a vehicle. If you make the gift alone, $7,000 ($20,000-$13,000) will be subject to gift taxes. However, if you split the gift with your spouse, with each of you contributing $10,000, both contributions will fall under the $13,000 limit, making the entire gift non-taxable.
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