In a Tax Court case, Price v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2010-2 January 4,2010)
gifts of limited partnership interests by parents to their three children did not constitute present interest gifts that qualify for the gift tax annual exclusion. The court stated that the present interest requirement is satisfied if the donee has immediate enjoyment of either the donated property or the income from the property. In this case, the donees had no ability to withdraw their capital accounts and the partners could not sell their interests without the written consent of all other partners.
PLANNING TIP: For clients that intend to make annual exclusion gifts to an FLP, we will draft a Partnership document and operating agreement in a way that allows the transfers of limited partnership interests to be considered present gifts. It is very imortant that you have an experienced estate planning attorney who can draft the FLP in a way to best suit your needs and take advantage of the maximum tax and asset protection benefits.
Please feel free to contact Douglas L. Kaune, Esq. to discuss your particular Estate Planning goals, including creating a Family Limited Partnership (FLP) to determine the appropriate structure for you and your family.