Trust Distributions - CapitalQ

Trust Distributions

Anyone who has been in business more than the past half dozen years or so will remember the “good old days” when much of your annual tax planning, including determining your trust distributions, could be done at the time of preparation of your income tax returns.

Well, unfortunately, those days are gone.

Your trust distributions MUST now be determined, and documented, before midnight on the 30th of June!

If you miss that deadline, there is nothing you can do. Your Trust Deed default clauses will apply and/or your Trust itself will pay tax for the year.

The result is usually that all of the Trust’s income will be taxed at the top marginal rate. A disaster for pretty much any business owner or investor!

So usually we couple determination of our client’s annual Trust Distributions with their annual Year-End Tax Planning exercise.

But even if a Tax Planning exercise is not being undertaken, the Trust Distributions must still be determined and “locked in” before the end of the year.

Of course, the only way to be able to make an informed decision about year-end tax planning and your trust distributions is to have accurate, complete and up to date accounting records and interim business performance figures for the year (do you see a pattern emerging)!

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Duncan Melbin’s firm first became the business accountants for Exploration Data Services, and my Family, when he was still a Graduate Accountant some 16 years ago. Myself and my late business partner have followed him ever since!

In the early days Duncan was very proactive in regards to fine tuning our business structure and the benefits of getting the structure right early are still flowing today.

Throughout my time working with Duncan he has played a key role in ensuring our tax affairs have always been in order and our tax obligations have always been minimised and well managed.

Duncan has also played a key role in ensuring my Family and I have adequate wealth protection in place and that we have maximised our wealth creation including through a regular superannuation contribution strategy and the use of a self-managed super fund that keeps us engaged, in control and to a large extent free from the perils of the GFC.

More recently we took the opportunity to outsource our entire back office accounting function to CapitalQ including switching our accounting and invoicing to Xero. I now spend barely any time at all on my monthly accounting and Activity Statement lodgements, as CapitalQ have it all in hand. This allows me to focus on running my business better, and frankly to have more time to enjoy the spoils of a life in business.

I work closely with Kapil Bhasin, our Client Manager, and Peter Melbin, our outsourced Bookkeeper, and they are clearly very valuable assets for CapitalQ.

Working with Duncan, Kapil and Peter is very easy, they respond promptly to any queries I have and most importantly I have complete trust in the advice they give me and that my business affairs are being well looked after. I would recommend CapitalQ to any potential client without reservation.

So if you own a small business or are looking to grow your wealth I highly recommend you speak to the CapitalQ Team. They will give you good advice, and ensure you are on track for a sound business and financial future (and outsourcing your back office accounting process to them, and switching to Xero, will be two of the best business decisions you will make).

Michael Gray

Director - Exploration Data Services (Perth)

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