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Free federal and state efile 3. Free federal and state efile   Gifts Table of Contents If you give gifts in the course of your trade or business, you can deduct all or part of the cost. Free federal and state efile This chapter explains the limits and rules for deducting the costs of gifts. Free federal and state efile $25 limit. Free federal and state efile   You can deduct no more than $25 for business gifts you give directly or indirectly to each person during your tax year. Free federal and state efile A gift to a company that is intended for the eventual personal use or benefit of a particular person or a limited class of people will be considered an indirect gift to that particular person or to the individuals within that class of people who receive the gift. Free federal and state efile   If you give a gift to a member of a customer's family, the gift is generally considered to be an indirect gift to the customer. Free federal and state efile This rule does not apply if you have a bona fide, independent business connection with that family member and the gift is not intended for the customer's eventual use. Free federal and state efile   If you and your spouse both give gifts, both of you are treated as one taxpayer. Free federal and state efile It does not matter whether you have separate businesses, are separately employed, or whether each of you has an independent connection with the recipient. Free federal and state efile If a partnership gives gifts, the partnership and the partners are treated as one taxpayer. Free federal and state efile Example. Free federal and state efile Bob Jones sells products to Local Company. Free federal and state efile He and his wife, Jan, gave Local Company three gourmet gift baskets to thank them for their business. Free federal and state efile They paid $80 for each gift basket, or $240 total. 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