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Family Trust

Learn what a Family Trust is, the tax benefits of setting up a Family Trust in Australia and more.

Can my Discretionary (Family) Trust be considered as a business?

A trust is an arrangement between two or more parties whereby one party (the trustee) holds the assets within the trust on behalf of another party (the beneficiaries). While a trust can operate a business, the trust itself should not be considered a business. The trust deed provides rules, powers and guidelines and would need to written in such a way that allows a business to trade through a trust. Generally speaking, a company will act as the trustee of the trust and there will be nominated beneficiaries (usually the business owner and a beneficiary company). The trustee will then register a business name which will become the name the business trades under. This type of business structure is generally preferred for business owners seeking tax minimisation.

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