STEP Into Trusts Series for Emerging TEP Professionals
SESSION 1: TRUST BASICS - ROLES - Tuesday 28 March 2023
Australia takes its legal foundation from England where trusts have played a significant role for centuries. This seminar will cover the history of trusts, the three certainties and the various office holder responsibilities. This session will also cover the nature of the fiduciary relationship between trustees and beneficiaries as well as the rights of the beneficiaries against a trustee. The differences between the use of a corporate trustee to that of individual trustees will also be discussed.
SESSION 2: TYPES OF TRUSTS - Date Thursday 27 July 2023
Discretionary, unit, testamentary, SMSF, bare, resulting, constructive, class or hybrid trusts are a common description of the types of trusts which professionals encounter in practice. Trusts are an important and inherent feature in estate planning and commercial structuring, be it simple or complex. The purpose of this presentation is to gain a practical understanding of distinguishing between the common types of trusts and their practical application to different circumstances in practice.
SESSION 3: ACCOUNTING FOR TRUSTS - Date TBC
Trust distributions, unpaid present entitlements, specific entitlement and section 99A tax assessments bring an added complexity to trust accounting. Trusts will vary considerably based on their purpose being a passive asset holder, income streaming interposed entity or as vehicle for operating a business. In this session we will consider a trust’s financial statements and identify the differences between accounting for trusts and companies
SESSION 4: TAXING OF TRUSTS - Date TBC
The taxation of trusts is more complex than companies or individuals with both state and federal laws having specific exemptions, provisions and higher rates on trusts. Additionally, trusts have their own set of taxing provisions (eg CGT events, family trust elections, loss provisions). Further, there is additional complexity where unit trusts or hybrid trusts are in play, whether on a federal or state level.. On a state based level, rules are not uniform between the different States and territories and practitioners need to be cautious when creating trusts with
South Australia ‘centric provisions’ where those trusts are otherwise intended to operate between or in different jurisdictions. Join us for the final seminar as we explore some of the taxation risks and benefits of trusts.
in. Studio + Cafe
268 Pirie Street, Adelaide South Australia 5000