The article discusses the tax issues raised when creating and dealing with unpaid present entitlements by trusts, including CGT issues, which should always be carefully considered before embarking on a proposed transaction.
The Full Court of the Federal Court has dismissed the taxpayer’s appeal in Breakwell v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1471 and confirmed the earlier Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision to include an allegedly statute-barred loan of $1.1m in the calculation of the taxpayer’s net assets for the maximum net asset value (MNAV) test when determining the taxpayer’s eligibility for small business CGT concessions.
The taxpayer was the beneficiary and trustee of a family trust (ABFT), which was in turn the beneficiary of a unit trust (ETUT). In July 2007 the ETUT sold its finance broking business for $500,000. In its 2008 income tax return, the ETUT excluded the capital gain from the sale of the business by applying the small business CGT concessions.
On 22 October 2015, Rob Jeremiah delivered a presentation at the ‘Taxation Aspects of Estate Planning and Business Succession – The First Annual Symposium’ held in Melbourne by Television Education Network.
At this event, Rob presented a paper called ‘CGT Hotspots in Restructuring Trusts in Estate Planning,’ written by Sam Campbell, Will Monotti, Ashleigh Eynaud and himself.