Trust Distribution Resolutions (2020)

trust distribution resolutions

UPDATE: This article was updated on 19 March 2020

Do you have a Discretionary Trust (also known as a Family Trust)?

If yes, keep reading.

In the lead-up to 30 June 2020, we want you to be aware that you need to complete your trust distribution resolutions before 30 June.


To avoid paying extra tax of up to 47% of Trust profits.

How can this happen?

If a Trustee of a Trust fails to make a resolution to distribute the income of the Trust before the end of the financial year, the Trustee may be assessed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on the Trust income at the highest marginal tax rate of 47%, rather than the intended beneficiaries being taxed at generally much lower tax rates.

What we are doing to help you…

Even though preparing a trust distribution resolution before the end of the financial year can be quite complex, we need to help you to comply with the trust taxation laws.

discretionary family trust distribution

The steps we need to undertake on your behalf include:

  • Review of your prior year Trust Distribution Resolution
  • Confirmation with you of the estimated Trust income of your Trust for the year ended 30 June 2020
  • Review of your Trust Deed to ensure that the income definition and distribution clauses in your Trust Deed allow the proposed Trust Distribution Resolution for 30 June 2020
  • Advice on the most tax-effective distribution of this estimated Trust income
  • Preparation of Trust Distribution Resolution and ensuring it is signed by the Trustees PRIOR to 30 June 2020

Next Steps

The sooner we get started with preparing your 2020 Trust Distribution Resolutions, the sooner we can help you save tax – well before 30 June for sufficient time to implement tax-saving strategies.

Do you want to minimise your tax? Book in your complimentary meeting with our tax advisors here.

This is general advice only and does not take into account your financial circumstances, needs and objectives. Before making any decision based on this document, you should assess your own circumstances or seek advice from your financial adviser and seek tax advice from your accountants at Wilson Pateras Accountants & Advisors. Information is current at the date of issue and may change.

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