Deborah Jacobs in Forbes. 6 Ways to Give Family and Friends Financial Aid. This is an easy to understand take on gift tax and estate tax rules and how to help a family member without being taxed.
If you are starting a business and need capital, and your parents have the resources, they may be a good source of funding. With the erratic stock market and real estate still unstable, offering your parents an equity stake or interest on a loan could be a win/win. You get funding and they get a good investment.