Variation of Discretionary Trust (Exclude Foreign Persons)

Variation of Discretionary Trust (Exclude Foreign Persons)

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Last updated February 23, 2021
Suitable for all Australian states and territories
Suitable for all Australian states and territories

A Deed of Variation of Discretionary Trust (excluding foreign persons) allows you to vary your existing discretionary trust deed to exclude ‘foreign persons’ from being beneficiaries. Customisable and ready to use in under 10 minutes.

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Document Overview

The Deed of Variation of Discretionary Trust (excluding foreign persons) is a document that allows you to vary your existing discretionary trust deed to exclude ‘foriegn persons’ from being beneficiaries. 

In certain jurisdictions, having a specific clause to exclude foreign beneficiaries may help avoid the associated state-based duty and taxes that may apply. For example, if a foreign person is a beneficiary to the trustee’s residential property in NSW, they may be liable for ‘surcharge purchaser duty’ and ‘surcharge land tax’.

Important 

It’s important to remember that this document will not prevent an existing named ‘foreign’ beneficiary from benefiting from the trust. The deed serves to excIude any other ‘foreign’ person who has not been previously named as a beneficiary. You may wish to contact the relevant revenue office in your state/territory for further details regarding the surcharge rate that applies to a ‘foriegn trust’.

Use this Deed of Variation if:

  • If you would like to update your trust deed to exclude foreign persons 

  • Foreign persons could be classified as beneficiaries in your discretionary trust

What does this Deed of Variation Cover?

  • Background

  • Variation of trust deed

  • Consent of appointor

  • Effective date of deed

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