Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

This Article analyzes the U.S. gift tax annual exclusion, the main exemption to U.S. gift tax laws. The Article develops the history and purpose of the gift tax annual exclusion to demonstrate that the current system does not accomplish its original purposes. The Article concludes that reform is needed and proposes legislation to simplify the gift tax laws and create a more equitable gift tax law system. The Article uses the gift tax laws of New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the Netherlands as models for U.S. gift tax reform legislation.

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