I just came across this forum and saw similar line of questions so hope this is relevant. Through an accountant I recently registered a new company, Company Pty Ltd, and formed a family trust for which Company Pty Ltd is trustee. To save a few dollars I thought to do the registering for an ABN, TFN and business name myself. But now I have ended up scratching my head quite a bit and doubting how it all works. This company/trust structure was set up in order to limit liability when trading as a business, as well as the tax benefits it brings. I wish to just run by my understanding by other knowledgeable people and ensure I understand things correctly. I understand in this structure, that the company is not meant to trade. It's purpose is solely to act as trustee of the trust. The trust on the other hand will be doing business as "Company Pty Ltd as trustee of Family Trust" and so it would be a trading trust. Thus, I register the trust for a TFN and ABN and the business name that the trust will be trading under. The company needs neither TFN or ABN since it won't be getting money or trading as a business. Am I understanding this all correctly? It is just that when filling out the forms I begin getting confused. For example, during the TFN/ABN registration process where it asked the name of the trust, it already had "As trustee of" and I just appended "Family Trust" to the end (although in retrospect I believe I should have put "Company Pty Ltd as trustee of Family Trust"???). The form than went on and made it mandatory for me to provide my own name and tick a box "Trustee" for my title. I thought, this seems wrong since I am not the trustee but rather Company Pty Ltd. However, I was also able to associate my Company Pty Ltd as a trustee so some reassurance there... Then it came time to registering the business name in my state. As the trust does the trading I needed to add the trading name to the trust. However, under the Proprietors section, it only has fields for individuals and companies and ACN is a requirement. There is nowhere to put the name "Family Trust"... so at the end of the day I intend to write "Company Pty Ltd in its capacity as trustee for Family Trust" and provide my company ACN. I presume this would be near correct, but all this uncertainty makes me doubt as to whether I correctly understand the business structure. Am I understanding the relationship between the company and trust wrong in that the trust does the trading and company just a trustee? I will likely shell out the money to see an accountant and just get a better understanding, but thought I would try my luck here first. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!