So, it’s June again and time to start thinking about making valid distributions of trust income by 30 June 2017. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is again reminding the tax and accounting community it expects valid trust distributions to be made by 30 June 2017, so as to create present entitlements in favour of eligible beneficiaries. Make sure these resolutions are made, documented and finalised by 30 June.

And have you considered how family groups with adult beneficiaries in the highest tax bracket may make use of a trust distribution to a bucket company? These strategies should be considered particularly in circumstances where, from 1 July 2017, the highest marginal tax rate will reduce by 2% when the Temporary Budget Repair Levy expires.