Income Tax

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Domestic Trust Reporting

The Taxation (Income Tax Rate and Other Matters) Act 2020 enacted on 7 December 2020a introduced a new top personal tax rate of 39% and increased disclosure requirements fortrusts for the 2021–22 and later income years. See Reporting requirements for domestic trusts. The new disclosure rules have now been finalised and are contained in section59BA … Continue reading

Reporting requirements for domestic trusts

New reporting obligations for domestic trusts were introduced by the Taxation (Income Tax Rate and Other Amendments) Act 2020 that will require more disclosure to Inland Revenue. However, an Order in Council is required to set the minimum requirements for this disclosure. Tax policy officials are now seeking feedback on these requirements, which are set … Continue reading

New trust reporting obligations

The Taxation (Income Tax Rate and Other Amendments) Act 2020, which was introduced on 2 December 2020 and enacted on 7 December 2020 following Royal Assent introduces new disclosure requirements for trusts. The Commentary to the Bill explains the new disclosure requirements at pp 18 to 19 as follows: “Detailed analysis Information required to be … Continue reading

Donation tax credit clarification

Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has announced that the Government will move to restrict donation tax credits and gift deductions to cash donations (including payments made by credit card or bank transfer). This announcement follows the Court of Appeal decision in CIR v Roberts that upheld a High Court decision in the same matter and ruled … Continue reading

Is debt forgiveness on account of a loan to a charity a gift that allows a tax credit?

In Roberts v CIR the question for the court is whether the forgiveness of debt a monetary gift for the purposes of s LD 3(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act 2007? Background The Oasis Charitable Trust (the Trust), a registered charitable trust, was settled by Mrs Roberts and her late husband on 14 October 2007 to facilitate the growth of … Continue reading

Trustee shareholders

It is important when dealing with trustee owned shares to appreciate how these might be treated for tax purposes.  The following question from the CCH/TEO Q & A Service considers how and in specie distribution of share should be treated in the context of a distribution and a resettlement. Company shareholder continuity QUESTION: Trust B … Continue reading

Spotlight on the “bright-line” test

The bright-line test came into force on 1 October 2015. When the legislation was at Bill stage it was signalled that the bright-line test was intended to come into force on 1 October 2015, as was the case. GG & GE Blackburn Trustee Limited (the Trustee) is the trustee of the Blackburn Family Trust (the Trust). On … Continue reading

Home is where the trust is?

The decision in Van Uden v CIR highlights the importance of recognising when a property owned by a trust can comprise a permanent place of abode.  The significance of a property being a permanent place of abode is that a person who is otherwise non-resident for tax purposes, will be treated as resident in New Zealand … Continue reading

How clear is that bright-line?

The idea behind the “bright-line” test is a clear rule that provides with limited exceptions (the most important one for most people relating to the sale of the family home) sales of residential property within two years of acquisition will be taxable. However, what comprises an acquisition or a disposal is not always entirely obvious.  For example, consider the … Continue reading

Taxation of Trusts ed 3

  The taxation of trusts is a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. The third edition of Taxation of Trusts published this week (September 2016) has been up-dated to incorporate recent case law developments and legislative amendments.  The text also considers the application of FATCA to trusts and proposed new reforms to the disclosure rules and closely … Continue reading