Is a trust liable for dividends?

Is a trust liable for dividends?

Prof Emil Brincker*

13 May 2012

A recent clarification by Sars.

The issue pertaining to whether a trust is liable for dividends tax should a company pay a dividend to the trust as the registered owner of the shares has recently been clarified by SARS. By way of background, dividends tax must be paid by the beneficial owner, the concept being defined as the person that is entitled to the benefit of the dividend attaching to a share.

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