The Commissioner issued TR 2017/D10 on 13 December 2017 with his “preliminary views” on amending a trust’s vesting date and the income tax consequences of a trust vesting.
During a panel discussion at The Tax Institute‘s National Convention in March 2016, Second Commissioner Andrew Mills mentioned that the ATO was considering publishing guidance regarding the manner in which the Commissioner would exercise his discretion to treat beneficiaries as having fixed entitlements in trusts for the purpose of s 272-5(3) of Sch 2F to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (ITAA36).
From 1 July 2015, if the trustee of a foreign trust acquires Victorian residential property, that trustee is liable for a duty surcharge of 3%1 on top of the normal ad valorem duty. This can result in a duty rate of up to 8.5%. This article will examine when a trust will be a foreign trust and what changes can be made to trusts to ensure that they are not foreign trusts under the Duties Act 2000 (Vic).