Can I make a tax-free gift to someone outside the country?

Question

I would like to give $10,000 to my mother-in-law who lives out of the country. Will I have to pay a gift-tax?

Answer

From a legal standpoint, gifts of up to $13,000 per recipient per year are gift-tax-free, no matter to whom they are made. From a non-legal standpoint, gifts you make to your mother-in-law earn huge karma points.

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