Miscellaneous 2005

A Matter of Trusts: In-specie distributions and GST

Source: Taxation In Australia Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Feb 2005

One of the advantages of holding assets through a discretionary trust (provided the power is in the trust deed) is the ability to distribute assets to one or more beneficiaries of the discretionary trust in the form in which those assets are held by the trustee (a distribution in-specie), rather than conversion of the assets to cash prior to distribution. The flexibility of the method by which these distributions are made is generally not available through corporate structures where rights held by shareholders must be considered and the procedure for capital reductions in the Corporations Act 2001 must be followed.

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