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Largely unnoticed amidst this year’s significant events is the current historically low interest rate environment. These low interest rates present an opportunity for making gifts to family members at a low gift tax cost. This article will discuss three possible transfer strategies that are made more attractive by low interest raes.
Intra-family loans. A loan is not a gift because the lender receives a promise to be repaid. For a loan to be respected by the IRS it needs to be a bona fide debt and contain an interest rate at least equal to the monthly published applicable federal rate (AFR). For loans made in September, the short-term (three years or less) AFR is .14%