Published on 21 May 04
by NEW SOUTH WALES DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE
The Commonwealth Government has signalled its intention to change bankruptcy laws to penetrate trusts, companies and other entities which shelter assets of high net wealth individuals. Accounting and legal professionals are directly in the Government's sights. The proposed measures will adopt a Family Court style look through approach ignoring form and accessing those assets that a bankrupt would have recourse to on a notional divorce.
This paper covers:
- the relevant rules of bankruptcy
- financial risk planning
- why discretionary trusts work
- the Family Court look through approach.
This paper has been slightly updated since it was first presented by Ken Schurgott at the Asset Protection: Structuring for Asset Protection for High Risk Professionals seminar held in Sydney on 3 July 2003. Ken also presented it on 6 March 2004 at the North Queensland Tax Convention held in Townsville and at the Asset Protection for Tax Practitioners seminars held in Sydney on 7 September 2004 and Parramatta on 9 September 2004.
Ken is a tax and commercial law partner in the Sydney office of SBN Lawyers. He has extensive experience in all aspects of tax (including State taxes) as well as business structuring, asset protection, succession planning and trust and estate law. Ken is a National Councillor of the Tax Institute and a member of the NSW Divisional Council and Education Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation and has recently been involved as a member of the Working Group on Managed Investment Trusts.
Current at 13 January 2009
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