A Trust Resolution is a statement of intention to distribute the profits to the beneficiaries you have nominated (made presently entitled to).
If you don’t draft and sign a resolution by the 30th of June 2017, the ATO will deem that nobody (beneficiaries are not presently entitled) to the profit being distributed and assess the trust under s99A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 at the top marginal rate of 47%.
Sporting Clubs, Schools or religious institutions – not DGR (tax deductible), however tax exempt bodies
Any amounts make presently entitled to a tax exempt body will need to be disclosed in the trust resolutions and be either paid in full or provide a written notice to the tax exempt body within 2 months of the 30th June 2017.
Capital Gains or Franked Dividends
If you are expecting any Capital Gains or Franked Dividends to be received in the Trust and paid out to beneficiaries, theses amounts need to be specifically stated in dollar or percentage terms (%) and directed (streamed) to a beneficiary, or you will lose the right later for any tax planning as these amount will be distributed in the same proportion as ordinary taxable income. Bamford Case – Proportionate Approach
Please speak to your accountant ASAP if they have not already contacted you to draft a resolution for 2017.
If you need help – please contact our office before the 30th June 2017.