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By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

-- Traveling Solo

Dear Solo: You have nothing to lose, and because you miss this friendship, you should try to rewire it by contacting your friend and kindly offer to bury your differences.

Tell him, "I really value our long friendship. I just don't want to travel together. I hope we won't walk away from these decades of companionship over this."

Dear Amy: I loved your advice to "Lucky Sibling" regarding sharing her wealth, but you perpetuated a common misunderstanding regarding the tax implications of gifts. Most people believe that the "gift exemption" rule applies to the person who receives the gift. It applies to the giver.

-- Tax Adviser

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Dear Adviser: I have heard from dozens of advisers, helping to correct my mistake. Most importantly, anyone giving a substantial gift should contact their own financial adviser, as I suggested "Lucky Sibling" should do.


(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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