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Annual Exclusion From Gift Taxes: 1997 - 2014

Chart Showing Annual Exclusion From Gift Taxes: 1997 - 2014

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Annual Exclusion From Gift Taxes: 1997 - 2014
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The amount that is annually exempted from federal gift taxes, called the annual gift tax exclusion or simply annual exclusion, was indexed for inflation beginning in 1997 and has slowly increased over the years. Below is a chart that shows the increases in the annual gift tax exclusion from 1997 through 2014.

As you can see, the annual exclusion remained steady for the past several years but did increase in 2013. Where the amount will go in 2015 and beyond depends on inflation, and, as the chart indicates, it can only be increased in increments of $1,000.

Do not confuse the annual gift tax exclusion with the lifetime gift tax exemption, which are entirely different: What's the Difference Between the Annual Gift Tax Exclusion and the Lifetime Gift Tax Exemption?

Historical Annual Exclusion Gift Amounts

Year Annual Exclusion Amount
1997 $10,000
1998 $10,000
1999 $10,000
2000 $10,000
2001 $10,000
2002 $11,000
2003 $11,000
2004 $11,000
2005 $11,000
2006 $12,000
2007 $12,000
2008 $12,000
2009 $13,000
2010 $13,000
2011 $13,000
2012 $13,000
2013 $14,000
2014 $14,000

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