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  • Partnership and trust distributions - common mistakes to avoid 2011

    You should read this fact sheet if your clients are either of the following:

    • partners in a partnership
    • trustees or beneficiaries of a trust.

    Do you need to lodge a trust or partnership return?



    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    If required by the Commissioner of Taxation, trusts need to lodge a trust tax return irrespective of the amount of income derived or distributions made. A trust that was a subsidiary member of a consolidated group for the full income year does not have to lodge a trust tax return.

    Partnerships need to lodge an annual partnership tax return. A partnership tax return is not necessary if one of the following applies:

    • the partnership was a subsidiary member of a consolidated group for the full income year
    • we approved an application for exemption from lodging a partnership tax return
    • the partnership's only income was rent, interest or dividends derived jointly (or in common) and it was not carrying on a business (each partner shows their share of the rent, interest or dividends and the associated expenses at the appropriate items on their individual tax return).



    If your client is a partnership that does not have to lodge a tax return, you should either:

    • lodge a client update (CU) form
    • advise us through the Tax Agent Portal that the partnership does not need to lodge.
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    Further Information

    For more information, refer to:

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    Last modified: 13 Oct 2011QC 25050