Taxation of Trusts – The Problem of Aligning Concepts of Income

The Australian government is currently considering options for the rewrite and reform of the current provisions which apply to the taxation of trust income. This article provides a discussion of the current regime and the proposed reforms. It is suggested that a major revamp of taxation of trust income in Australia is problematic and a simpler approach may be to leave the law as it is, with modification where necessary to address key issues as and when they arise.