Each year, the IRS announces new exemptions for estate taxes. It’s the maximum amount people can give away without paying a federal estate tax. This number is only for wealthy people with large sums of money.
The federal estate tax exemption for 2023 has been increased from $12.060,000 to $12.920,000. This means that a millionaire or billionaire can give this amount away, while a couple could give $25.84 million away without paying any taxes.
This exemption, which is available for life, allows you to avoid tax on gifts up to $12.92million. This is the maximum amount you can give over your lifetime.
The inflation rate is used to calculate the tax exemption amount and it is adjusted each year. The limit will be reset to $5,000,000. In 2026 however. Inflation will make it around $7,000,000.
Forbes advises you to be aware of 2025, when you will have to give more money away. If you fail to give away $12,920,000 in 2025, when it will revert to $7million, you will miss the chance to give another $6 million free of taxes.
When an estate has more money than the exempted amount, the taxes will be 18–40 percent. Anything above $1,000,000 or more than the exemption limit will be subject to 40% tax.
There are differences between inheritance and estate taxes