should i operate my business through a company or trust?

Discussion in 'Starting & Running a Business' started by Elives, 18th May, 2019 at 1:12 PM.

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  1. Elives

    Elives Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,

    i'm currently a sole trader in QLD and wanting to know whats the most common structure people use for one man band / 1-5 employees. most people i've spoken to contractors / accountants have said having a private company with a family trust as the shareholder but also i've had 2 different accountants say trading as a trust and then doing other stuff.

    i've stopped using my old accountant of 4 years and looking for a new one this year and it also happens to be the year i need to set up a structure for business so not to sure which way to go as everyone has a different opinion i was hoping there'd just be a "normal/average set up for small business" answer.

    Main goal is to be Tax effective not about being chased by creditors for debts.


    Cheers, Elives
     
  2. Terry_w

    Terry_w Mortgage broker licenced 4 tax/legal advice Business Member

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    You should also seek legal advice as there is more it it than commonwealth tax. You also need legal advice on how to structure both the company and the trust.
     
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    Terry_w Mortgage broker licenced 4 tax/legal advice Business Member

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    One thing to consider is how do you sell part of a business operated under a discretionary trust. With a company you can transfer shares with a trust you cannot.