Agricultural Economics Department


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Groskopf, J. “Ideas for Estate and Transition Planning: Gifting.” CAP Series 24-0401. Center for Agricultural Profitability, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, April 9, 2024. DOI: 10.32873/unl.dc.cap031.


For many farm and ranch families, bringing children or grandchildren into the operation is the ultimate goal. Successfully bringing additional family members into the operation may require some creativity as all parties need to maintain a viable standard of living. This article is part of a series that will highlight ideas and tactics for bringing another family member into the operation. If this is the first article you are seeing in this series, I would encourage you to go back to the previous article for background and additional guidance.

The second tactic to transfer wealth between generations is gifting. The U.S. tax code has two main laws that apply to gifting: the annual gift tax exclusion and the gift and estate tax basic exclusion amount.” In this article, the person gifting assets is going to be called the donor, and the person receiving the gift is going to be called the donee.