Taxation determination on deductions for bad debts: trust beneficiaries and UPEs

In a new tax determination, the ATO states that a beneficiarynis not entitled to a bad debt deduction for an amount of unpaid presentnentitlement (UPE) that the beneficiary purports to write off as a bad debt.


It says this is because the amount of UPE is not included innthe beneficiary’s assessable income. Instead, the entitlement is used tondetermine how much net income of the trust is included in the beneficiary’snassessable income. This means that the the debt amount cannot be included innthe taxpayer’s income in that year or in an earlier income year, which is anrequirement for writing off a bad debt.

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