There are tax-advantaged ways to give, if you know the subtle rules. The $14,000 annual exclusion and $5,340,000 lifetime max do not have to be rigid limits, if you know some workarounds. In one important case, the IRS ruled in the taxpayer's favor.
Earlier in the year, the Tax Court allowed a taxpayer to use a formula clause to determine the value of a business interest for gift tax purposes (TC Memo 2012-88). But the IRS refuses to knuckle under to the court.