Don’t dodge when you lodge
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding taxpayers there are serious consequences if they choose not
Trust splitting is a common term for an arrangement where separate trustees are appointed over different assets of an existing discretionary trust.
Each trustee is typically controlled by a different party.
The intention of trust splitting is to produce a structure where each trustee is able to deal with the assets it holds independently of the other trustees. In particular, the trustee is able to deal with the assets largely for the benefit of the controlling party.
In consultation with tax practitioners, the ATO is developing guidance about the tax consequences of trust splitting arrangements.