The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has finalised its guidance on section 100A, trust reimbursement agreements, with the release of Taxation Ruling TR 2022/4 on 8 December 2022. This guidance applies to the trustees of discretionary trusts (such as a family trust).
Section 100A is an anti-tax avoidance rule that can apply where a beneficiary’s trust entitlement (trust distribution) arose from a reimbursement agreement.
A reimbursement agreement involves an arrangement under which a beneficiary is made presently entitled to trust income and:
Two common examples of these types of arrangements include:
The ATO have developed colour coded scenarios to determine the risk of an arrangement. Green scenarios will be low risk (and generally safe from ATO scrutiny) and red will mean the arrangement is likely to be queried.
High risk arrangements may result in the trustee paying tax on the distribution at the highest marginal tax rate.
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