Further to our snippet in April the changes to the public trading trust rules have passed into law. This means that, from 1 July 2016, the fact that self managed superannuation fund(s) (SMSFs) hold more than 20% of the units in a unit trust will not cause the unit trust to be a public trading trust. It also means that existing unit trusts that are public trading trusts merely because SMSFs hold more than 20% of the units will cease to be public trading trusts (and taxed like companies) from 1 July 2016.
As part of the changes certain transitional rules apply. This includes that existing franking credits of former public trading trusts must be used by the unit trust before 1 July 2018.
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