Gifts are a part of life for most of us, but there isn’t a straightforward answer to the question of whether gifts are tax deductible
. The answer, ultimately, depends on the type of gift, the recipient, and whether it was given by a business or an individual.
Tax-deductible gifts are those that can be subtracted from your income. Say your business has $100,000 in taxable income, for example, but it gives away a tax-deductible gift worth $10,000. That deduction reduces the business’s taxable income by $10,000, and this means the company only has to pay tax on $90,000 of income.
The process works the same for gifts tax deductible
to individuals. Imagine that a couple filing jointly has $60,000 in taxable income after accounting for all their other deductions and credits. They claim a tax-deductible gift for $3,000, reducing their taxable income to $57,000 and lowering their tax liability at the same time. This guide looks at how deductible gifts
affect your tax liability, and it explains which gifts are tax deductible and which are not.