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Trust Capital Loss Greater than Operating Profit

Discussion in 'Accounting, Tax & Legal' started by Gary, 1st Feb, 2010.

  1. Gary

    Gary New Member

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    A standard discretionary trust has a capital loss of $20,000.

    In addition it has ordinary net income of $5000.

    My understanding is that there must be at least $1 of net taxable income to be able to ditribute to the beneficiaries.

    In this case the capital loss is quaranteened (and carried forward) in the trust and is therefore not included in taxable income.

    So does this mean that the ordinary income can be distributed to the beneficiaries even though there is an overall accounting loss? How is this accounted for in the trust financial accounts?
     
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  2. Rob G.

    Rob G. Well-Known Member

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    Depends on your deed.

    There is net income for tax purposes so, provided the deed allows a distribution, then all is OK.

    Your assessable income includes ordinary income and statutory income. Statutory income does not include capital losses.

    Problems might occur if the deed requires some income to be retained to make up any "accounting losses" because this will not allow a distribution, and then net income could be taxed to the Trustee at 46.5% !!!!

    Cheers,

    Rob