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How do Australia and New Zealand rate for setting up trusts?

Asked in Trusts for New Zealand

We have heard that we can set-up trusts in New Zealand and Australia, and don’t have to register the trusts – is that correct?

How would you rate these jurisdictions?

Can anyone kindly let us know about the trust legislation strengths and weaknesses of these jurisdictions?

Thank you.
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Posted by Melissa101 on Jul 27, 2014 at 19:32


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Your source is not reliable...

Australian trusts need to be registered.
Source: https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Starting-and-running-your-small-business/Starting-your-business/Choosing-your-business-structure/Trust/

Same for Kiwis trusts, which must fill annual returns (both trustees and beneficiaries).
Source: http://www.ird.govt.nz/trusts-and-estates/returns/

I would rate them low, considering:
* investments opportunities there, including access to financial markets, non ability to deal with non-residents.
* statutory limitation of 80 years (you can find perpetuity jurisdictions out there).
Posted by prominee.com on Aug 17, 2014 at 21:18


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Thank you for the fantastic information prominee.com. You are an encyclopedia of knowledge!

I am particularly concerned about the following points you rightfully flag up:

"investments opportunities there, including access to financial markets, non ability to deal with non-residents."

Could you kindly clarify how these may affect us?

Could our trust deal with non-Australian/NZ residents/businesses? We were specifically intending to open up share dealing accounts in somewhere such as Singapore or Hong Kong to invest the funds held in the trust (or in AU/NZ themselves, if that is a better option). Do AU and NZ have the set-up to not tax foreign investments held in trusts, like many other jurisdictions do?

Thanks a million.
Posted by Melissa101 on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:14


prominee.com - Could you kindly clarify how these may affect us? Could our trust deal with non-Australian/NZ residents/businesses?>>> My comment was about the ability of the operators in Australia or New Zealand. They are not known for their ability to deal with foreigners, because they are not really offshore jurisdictions. Commented on Aug 22, 2014 at 07:08

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Posted by jlena on Oct 23, 2015 at 10:47


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