Using a Bucket Company to Save Tax

In the lead up to 30 June 2022, we would like you to know why using a “bucket company” can be a great strategy for saving tax on trust profits distributed.

Do you receive profits from a Trust?

If you have a Discretionary or Family Trust that generates profits then this strategy may apply to you.

A “bucket company” allows you to “cap” the tax on profits distributed by a trust to 30% or 26%. This is much less than the individual top marginal rate of 47%!

Here’s how this works:

Assume a trust earns $250,000 in profits from business.

Option 1: Distribute profits 50 / 50 to Individuals 1 and 2. Total tax (inc. Medicare Levy) payable = $66,734 (26.7%)

Option 2: Distribute $90,000 each to Individuals 1 & 2 and distribute balance of $70,000 to a “bucket” company at a 25% tax rate. Total tax payable = $57,534 (23%). (Note: This strategy assumes that the $70,000 in cash is available to be distributed to a bucket company, otherwise what is known as a Div 7A Loan Agreement will need to be entered into and loan repayments made over a 7-year period.)

The value of this strategy is $9,200 in TAX SAVED

The cash in a “bucket company” can be used to invest in shares, property, or to lend to other entities at a specific interest rate.

But: You need to discuss this with us BEFORE you do it. There are different tax laws that affect the use of this strategy, and whether your “bucket company” can use a tax rate of 30% or 25%.

As your Accountants, we are very aware of these tax laws and can make this easy for you.

The sooner we get started, the sooner we can help you save tax using a “Bucket Company” – well before 30 June for enough time to implement tax saving strategies.

Please contact us to book your tax planning consultation on 03 8419 9800.

This is general advice only and does not take into account your financial circumstances, needs and objectives. Before making any decision based on this document, you should assess your own circumstances or seek advice from your financial adviser and seek tax advice from your accountants at Wilson Pateras Accountants & Advisors. Information is current at the date of issue and may change.

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