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Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: June 19, 2022 10:28AM
My daughter is leaving the nest this summer if all goes well. I would like to transfer the ownership of the car she’s been driving so it will be legally hers. I have no idea what the mechanics of this are. Can someone explain how I do this? I’m concerned about creating a tax burden for her when I do this.



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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: June 19, 2022 10:32AM
Where is the car registered? How much is it worth?



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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: June 19, 2022 10:42AM
I don't know about the tax liability issue, but in WA state, you submit a transfer of ownership/loss of interest form. You're then relieved of any legal responsility for the car. If it's shown as a gift, there's no sales tax. YMMV.



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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 19, 2022 10:49AM
Show up at AAA or notary of choice with the title and they'll walk you through. Generally, you sell it for $1, fill out a form that affirms it is a gift. That way you avoid sales/use tax. YMMV in your state, though. Gift taxes won't apply at all if she is your dependent currently (and most common folk won't approach the lifetime threshold anyway.)



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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: August West
Date: June 19, 2022 10:56AM
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: fromish
Date: June 19, 2022 11:15AM
Depending on your state and the value of the car you may be limited to the amount you can give someone without incurring additional estate taxes. For 2022 that limit is $16000. States are all over the place on this question for state estate taxes/gift limits, and any answer will require research. Although it's unlikely that a car you give to a child will be worth more than the limit, if you give more in the same tax year or forgive more in loans in the same tax year, things get more complicated.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: samintx
Date: June 19, 2022 11:37AM
My understanding is you pay taxes on any gift over $15,000…federal. Don’t know about state because TX doesn’t have state tax.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: sekker
Date: June 19, 2022 11:41AM
Depends on the state where the car will end up with your daughter. We were about to do this assuming her last two years in Texas was stable, and then our daughter just got a new job in a different state, so we are doing those laws instead...
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: June 19, 2022 12:03PM
search your county's department of motor vehicles on how to transfer ownership of a vehicle to a family member.



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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 19, 2022 12:26PM
What Acer said but I'll bet thatyou are hit up for state sales tax.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: rgG
Date: June 19, 2022 12:40PM
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graylocks
search your county's department of motor vehicles on how to transfer ownership of a vehicle to a family member.

This.
It depends totally on where you are, as to how you do it.

Georgia makes it pretty easy to transfer between family members. My MIL gifted her old car to my daughter and there were just a couple of forms to fill out and she had to get a new tag.

How your state does car taxes will vary greatly from state to state.

FYI, if the car is worth more than $16,000 you "should" file a gift tax return, if this gift is from just you. If it is from you and your wife, then the limit would be $32,000.

You will not owe any Federal income tax on the transfer, neither will your daughter. The amount of the gift, would just go on record as diminishing your total lifetime exclusion, at your death, which right now is at ~$12 million per individual, but changes as the whims of congress. It should most likely not drop below ~$5 million per individual.
Realistically, unless you are giving her a very expensive car, I doubt anyone would check, but if you want to follow the letter of the law, that's what you need to do.
Here is an article that might shed a little light. [www.forbes.com]
Hopefully the car is worth less than $16,000, so no worries.





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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: June 19, 2022 01:04PM
Also don't forget about insurance -
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 19, 2022 01:08PM
FWIW there are far more complexities possible for giving without taxes being involved.

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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: June 19, 2022 01:32PM
I “sold” my truck to my brother for $1.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: June 19, 2022 01:52PM
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rgG
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graylocks
search your county's department of motor vehicles on how to transfer ownership of a vehicle to a family member.

This.
It depends totally on where you are, as to how you do it.

Here in MA it is the state motor vehicle registry, no county departments. No state sales tax on transfers between immediate family members - spouse, children, and siblings. Just a form to file and a $25 fee plus regular title and registration fees.

Transfers from non-immediate family such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins are not exempt from paying sales tax. That will be on the actual sales price or the vehicle's book value if gifted or made as a "$1" sale.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: Microman
Date: June 19, 2022 04:27PM
Yes, check out what Insurance will run if it is just her on the title.

In the past I have never had a car that was worth considering for Tax Purposes,,,, just less than 5k or 10k.., etc... Old Cars.

California:

You and the family member receiving the vehicle must both sign the title, and so must any lienholders. This is in addition to filing Form REG 166. There's a $15 DMV family transfer fee.

No smog check is required if you are buying or receiving a vehicle which is already registered in California from a spouse, domestic partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, or grandchild. These title transfers are exempt from a smog inspection and do not require a smog certificate when transferring title.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: June 19, 2022 05:56PM
You could always “sell” it to her for whatever you want. She wouldn’t have to pay you. Avoid the gift issue altogether. AFAIK, there’s nothing preventing one from selling a vehicle way below market value.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: Acer
Date: June 19, 2022 08:19PM
Gifts over $16000 per person, per taxpayer would need to be reported for federal tax purposes.
But, only the amount over 16000 is a taxable gift.,
But but, each taxpayer has a 12.1 million lifetime gift exemption, You only owe taxes after you cross that initial exemption, and only on the overage.
But but but that's per gifting taxpayer, too, so for a couple you effectively double the above amounts.

By the way, the above reporting is supposed to be on the market value, not the family discount value. So I would not advise playing games with values to avoid taxes. That loophole is well known and accounted for in the tax code.
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: June 20, 2022 12:21AM
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Acer
Gifts over $16000 per person, per taxpayer would need to be reported for federal tax purposes.
But, only the amount over 16000 is a taxable gift.,
But but, each taxpayer has a 12.1 million lifetime gift exemption, You only owe taxes after you cross that initial exemption, and only on the overage.
But but but that's per gifting taxpayer, too, so for a couple you effectively double the above amounts.

By the way, the above reporting is supposed to be on the market value, not the family discount value. So I would not advise playing games with values to avoid taxes. That loophole is well known and accounted for in the tax code.

Yep, you have to file a return for anything over $16k but there will be no tax until you go over the lifetime exclusion. However, I find the return to be a pain because you have to list ALL your gifts to your child going back until, I believe, they turned 18; maybe even further back, I don’t recall.



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Posted by: Buzz
Date: June 20, 2022 02:30PM
Uncle? Give to sibling first, who then gives to child.
Grandparent? Give to child first, who then gives to their child.
Expensive car? Give half this year, other half next year.

That's why they call it "planning".... with, or without a will, there is is a way..... if/when you plan!
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Re: Gifting car to daughter, how do I do this?
Posted by: raz
Date: June 20, 2022 03:20PM
Grandpa (my Dad) 'gave' his car to my daughter. AAA recorded it as a $1 sale (with tax) and charged some random registration fees. Same when I sold my old car to her younger brother.

State of PA. YMMV.



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