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Cybersecurity expert gets 'spousehacked'

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Husband: I agree with you that your father-in-law should not be urged or forced toward therapy because of his interest in sex and pornography. But I also think you and your wife should pull in a little closer in order to make sure he is OK, not necessarily because of his porn use, but because he didn't seem aware of the fact that you would see these charges reflected on the credit card statement.

This reflects either a very basic lack of understanding, or confusion. He might do better in another kind of housing that is more communal, where he would be free to pursue consensual relationships.

Dear Amy: Your advice to "Lucky Sibling," who wanted to give money to siblings, was slightly off when you stated that the $14,000 limit per recipient was tax exempt.

One can give as much as desired above this limit but will need to file a gift tax return merely to report gifts exceeding the $14,000/recipient threshold. Only when the donor has exceeded lifetime gifts of $5,450,000 (2016 limit) will a gift tax be due.

-- Tax Professional

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Dear Professional: I've further learned that the tax burden is (eventually) on the donor, not the recipient. Thank you!


(You can contact Amy Dickinson via email: Readers may send postal mail to Amy Dickinson, c/o Tribune Content Agency, 16650 Westgrove Drive, Suite 175, Addison, Texas, 75001. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or "like" her on Facebook.)



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