Primarily because of tax incentives, lifetime gifts have become increasingly popular in recent years among persons of wealth. Until the Revenue Act of 1948, such gifts were frequently made between spouses. But the tax advantages of interspousal gifts were greatly lessened by the split-income privilege and the marital deduction, and a new inducement was given to gifts to third persons by the establishment of the right to treat such gifts as being one half from each spouse. As a result, gifts to children and grandchildren have taken on new prominence.
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