Trust resettlements and CGT

Capital Gains Tax and resettling trusts deeds

The ATO has effectively confirmed that a trust deed can be varied without the trust being ‘resettled’ and causing Capital Gains Tax (CGT) problems.

More specifically, they state that there should be no CGT consequences if the trustee validly exercises a power contained within the trust deed to change the terms of the trust (or the deed is varied with the approval of a relevant court), unless:

  • the change causes the existing trust to terminate and a new trust to arise for trust law purposes; or
  • the effect of the change leads to a particular trust asset being subject to separate rights and obligations, giving rise to the conclusion that the relevant asset has been settled on terms of a different trust.

For more information

For more information regarding this article or its contents, please contact Alex Mineeff from Taxable Accounting on 02 8883 4016.

Alex Mineeff formed Taxable Accounting, to provide professional accounting, taxation, auditing services to individuals and small businesses. Alex is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), registered auditor, and is a member of a number of professional bodies, including Australian Society of CPA’s, National Taxation & Accountants Association, and the Taxpayers Association. Alex is also an active member of both the Rotary Club of Norwest Sunrise and the Hills Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Mineeff
Taxable Accounting
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