Published on 01 Apr 14
by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE
In recent years, the need for effective structuring of business and personal assets has been brought into sharp focus for high net worth individuals and business owners. Fundamental changes to the taxation regime, the vast amounts of wealth accumulated within superannuation funds and the increasing tendency for both business and personal relationships to be relatively short term, as opposed to life long, have meant that traditional estate planning has been revolutionised.
This article focuses on the creative use of testamentary trusts in the context of estate planning. The article considers assets that do not form part of an estate, testamentary trusts, tax treatment of testamentary trusts, the attitude of the Australian Taxation Office towards testamentary trusts, trust cloning, trust splitting, bespoke company constitutions and fettering of a trustee’s discretion, and changing of domicile.