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ATO’s changes to family trusts: no more using children to avoid taxes

The ATO has just released 4 tax rulings that will stop commonly used trust distributions to family members. It’s one of the most significant developments for the taxation of trusts in over two decades. As a result of these new ATO rulings, options to spread your trust income across your family members may be vastly limited; and family group overall tax payable will probably increase.

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Benefits of family trusts

Many of you have heard of family trusts, but perhaps don’t know too much about their benefits and how they differ from the usual non-fixed trusts. Essentially, a family trust is a trust where the trustee has made a valid family trust election (FTE) for tax purposes. By becoming a family trust, the trust is...
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