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What is a trust beneficiary?

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A trust beneficiary can be a person, a company or the trustee of another trust.

The trustee may also be a beneficiary, but not the sole beneficiary unless there is more than one trustee.

Beneficiaries may have an entitlement to trust income or capital that is set out in the trust deed or they may acquire an entitlement because the trustee exercises a discretion to pay them income or capital.

Generally, the beneficiaries are taxed on the net income of a trust based on their share of the trust’s income – regardless of when or whether the income is actually paid to them.


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