What is the Federal Gift Tax? The Federal gift tax is a tax on the right to transfer property from a living person to other persons or trusts. Reported on Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, data are collected on the donor and recipient of gifts that exceed the annual exclusion. The name of the recipient, recipient's relationship to the donor, type of property, and value of gift are reported, as are the total value of a donor's lifetime gifts and tax computation items. For information about selected terms and concepts and a description of the data sources and limitations, please visit Gift Tax Study Metadata. Statistical Tables Total Gifts of Donor, Total Gifts, Deductions, Credits, and Net Gift Tax SOI Bulletin Articles These articles are in .PDF format. Adobe Acrobat® reader 2010–2016 Gifts This article highlights information about the donors, donees, and types and amounts of gifts given during this period. Donors tended to skew slightly female and approximately half were married. Most donees were relatives of the donor, specifically their children or grandchildren. Gifts of cash, stocks and bonds, and real estate made up a majority of the value of the gifts given every year. Almost all gift taxes owned in any given year were paid by donors with total gifts of more than $1 million for that year. Donors file Form 709, United States Gift (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return, to report gifts made during a given calendar year. 2009 Gifts This article presents data on gifts made during 2009. Donors filed a total of 223,093 returns for 2009, reporting a total of $$37.9 billion in assets transferred to 867,507 donees, primarily children and grandchildren. 2008 Gifts This article presents data on gifts made during 2008. Donors filed a total of 234,714 returns for 2008, reporting a total of $40.2 billion in assets transferred to 927,554 donees, primarily children and grandchildren. 2007 Gifts This article describes gifts made during calendar year 2007. There were a total of 257,485 gift tax returns filed in 2008. 247,932 returns, or 96.3 percent, were nontaxable. The remaining 9,553 (3.7 percent) were taxable. Wealth Transfers, 2005 Gifts This article describes gifts made during calendar year 2005. A total of $38.5 billion in assets was transferred from donors to donees, or gift recipients. Only 2.9 percent of returns were taxable, with $1.7 billion in gift tax liability reported. Inter Vivos Wealth Transfers, 1997 Gifts This article describes gifts made during calendar year 1997. Like transfers of wealth at death, wealth transfers during life—called inter vivos wealth transfers—are subject to Federal taxation. Only individual gifts in excess of $10,000 were potentially taxable for Gift Year 1997.