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Q: I withdrew $13,000 from my traditional IRA in 2013 and gave it as a gift to my adult son. I have received the 1099-R from my broker. I was 69 at the end of 2013. Please advise if this is taxable for me and also for my son, and how much. Will the gift save on taxes for both or either of us?
A: Yes, the withdrawal from the IRA is taxable to you because it is a traditional IRA vs. a Roth IRA. Basically all money withdrawn from a regular IRA is taxable unless you roll it over into another IRA within 60 days.
If you have ever made any non-deductible IRA contributions, then you would not have to pay tax on the full $13,000. Consult a certified public accountant to see how much you will owe taxes on.
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Your age is not a factor since you are over 59½. Remember that the year you turn 70½ you will be required to make annual distributions from the IRA.
The fact that you made a gift to your son does not make the income taxable to him. If that is the only gift you made to him in 2013, then your gift is under the annual gift exclusion of $14,000.
However, it is probably worthy to point out that if the gift is over $14,000 it does not cause him (the recipient) to pay income taxes but it may cause the person making the gift to file a gift tax return.
MORE IRA TAX INFORMATION: IRS Publication on Individual Retirement Arrangements
Jerry Love, a CPA in Abilene, Texas, prepared this answer, via the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.