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This Article will focus on the Carson case in an effort to identify the emerging meaning, if any, of gift. Following a consideration of the factual background of the case in Part II, Part HI will analyze critically and in-depth each of the five Carson opinions in an effort to decipher the various currents at play and any common ground that may still be shared by a majority of the court. Finally, Part IV will consider the decision's likely consequences and the long-term prospects for a settled meaning for gift, one that is not only workable, as is the case with the section 2512(b) formulation, but also sensible in light of the policy objectives underlying gift taxation.