1. Define a fiduciary.
    A person in a position of special trust who holds property for or receives and controls income of another.
  2. What is another name for an estate or trust?
    A fiduciary
  3. What is another name for Principal held by a trust or estate?
  4. What type types of taxes is an estate subject to?
    • Annual income tax
    • One time transfer estate tax
  5. [HEAVILY TESTED] How is Distributable Net Income (DNI) for an estate or trust calculated?
    • Gross income including capital gains
    • Less: deductions
    • Adjusted total income
    • Plus: Net tax-exempt interest (interest income – interest expense)
    • Less: Capital gains that are attributable to corpus
    • Distributable Net Income (DNI)
  6. Tax exempt interest IS/IS NOT included in an estate or trusts gross income?
    It is NOT included in gross income, but the net tax exempt interest income (income - expenses associated with the tax exempt interest) are added to the adjusted gross income to determine the distributable net income.
  7. What is the purpose of determining Distributable Net Income (DNI)
    All distributions up to the DNI are taxable to the beneficiary
  8. True / False: Income distributed to the beneficiaries of an estate or trust retains the same character (tax exempt, portfolio, passive) as the income had at the fiduciary level.
  9. [HEAVILY TESTED] How is the Income Distribution Deduction determined?
    • It is the lesser of…
    • Actual distribution to the beneficiary OR
    • Distributable Net Income (DNI) less adjusted tax exempt interest
  10. What items may be deducted against annual income for an estate?
    • Carrying on a trade or business
    • Production of income
    • Mgmt of income-producing property (including executor fees)
    • Determination, collection, or refund of any tax
    • Contributions to charity
  11. How much is the standard exemption for an estate?
  12. When is the tax return for an estate due?
    April 15
  13. Is the estate required to make estimated payments, and if so, how much is due?
    Exempt for the first two tax years.
  14. How are taxes for a trust calculated?
    Annual income tax uses corporate rates, but they are escalated faster than a corporation.
  15. Can either a trust or an estate use a fiscal year end?
    • A trust MUST use a calendar year end.
    • An estate may use a calendar or fiscal year end.
  16. How are long- and short-term capital gains and losses netted for an estate or for a trust?
    Short-term losses can offset long-term gains.
  17. How are taxes for estates calculated?
    • Annual income tax uses corporate rates, but they are escalated faster than a corporation,
    • plus a one-time transfer tax on the owner’s death that occurs if the gift tax limitations are exceeded (estate and gift tax are unified)
    • Estates may use an annual exemption of $600 (this is NOT a standard deduction)
  18. Who is the Grantor of the trust?
    The person who established the trust and retains control over its assets.
  19. What items may be deducted against annual income for a trust?
    • Mgmt of principal and application of income
    • Expenses incurred in connection with principal
    • Investing and reinvesting principal
    • Ordinary expenses required to mgmt or preserve the property (such as real estate taxes)
    • Preparation of property for sale or rental
    • Allowance for depreciation
  20. What are the 3 types of trusts?
    • Simple
    • Grantor
    • Complex
  21. What are the rules for a simple trust?
    • Only makes distributions out of current income; not from corpus
    • Must distribute all current income
    • Cannot take a deduction for a charitable contribution
    • Is provided a $300 exemption in arriving at taxable income
  22. A grantor trust is considered a __________ for tax purposes.
    • Disregarded entity
    • All income or deduction are reporting on the income tax return of the grantor
  23. True / False: A grantor trust can be a qualified shareholder of an S-Corp
  24. How is a complex trust different from a simple trust?
    • A complex trust an accumulate current income (simple trust just distribute all current income)
    • A complex trust may distribute principal (simple trust cannot)
    • A complex trust may deduct charitable contributions (simple trust cannot)
    • A complex trust is provided a $100 exemption in arriving at taxable income.
  25. True / False: A trust can begin as a simple trust, but then change to a complex trust over time or upon entire distribution.
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