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Tips for Parents Buying Homes for Children on Staten Island

I am going to describes tips for parent’s thinking about buying a home for their children, on Staten Island. It could be considered a good time for parents to give their children a home or even an investment property. Before you purchase a home for your child, you need too know how to manage the tax consequences of such an act.

Giving your child a gift of a home sounds like a great idea but you need to understand the ramifications.

  • Give a cash gift. Individuals are allowed to gift up to $13,000 per person in a given year without incurring gift tax. That means a couple could give their offspring and spouse $52,000 in a single year to go toward a down payment.
  • Lend money. The government requires that family members meet or exceed minimum loan rates to avoid having the loan be considered a gift. The rates are currently low. One way to handle this is for parent to use the $52,000 gift exclusion to forgive both interest and principal.
  • Use a trust. Set up a qualified personal residence trust, or QPRT. You’ll need an attorney to handle this transaction, but in a nutshell, parents put the home they want to give their children into a trust. At the end of a pre-set term, the home passes to the children with no taxes due.

Hoped this helped, if you need any more answers feel free to Contact Us again

-Walter Grande

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