Published on 04 Aug 09
by SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE
This paper considers whether discretionary trusts remain an effective means for protecting assets given the decisions in a number of recent court cases. In particular, it:
- examines the decisions in Cummins, Richstar, Public Trustee v Smith and Spry
- discusses the difficulties of an "at risk" individual being the appointor of a discretionary trust
- reviews the options available to preserve discretionary trusts as asset-protection vehicles
- considers whether it matters who are the shareholders & directors of the trustee, and the beneficiaries & appointor of the trust.
Michael Butler FTIA is a Partner at Finlaysons' Tax & Revenue Group. Michael advises both domestic
and foreign clients on federal, international and state tax matters, and has a special interest in property tax
issues. Michael is the author of the book "Australian Federal Company Taxation" and a regular contributor to Taxation
Institute of Australia events.
Current at 23 March 2009
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