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Trust Income Streaming

Steaming of Capital Gains and Franked Dividend income from Trusts is possible for the 2011 income year. Trustees should review trust deeds to ensure that the deed allows streaming of income to specific beneficiaries. Recent trust deeds normally permit streaming; however, it is worthwhile checking the deed to ensure it does allow streaming and consider whether any amendments need to be made. Trustees that intend to stream franked dividend income must ensure that beneficiaries’ specific entitlements are recorded in the accounts or records of the trust no later than 31 August 2011. This is a one off concession for the 2011 income tax year and will revert to 30th June for the 2012 year onwards.