Thursday, 16 April 2015

Sample exam question 2 - April 2015

Your answers to the following questions should be concise and should be supported by reference to relevant taxation law.

Question:

Jimmy Opaque claims that he has been advised by ‘a person in the know’ at his local sporting club that he should put his business into a trust and then he can reduce his income tax by spreading his income among his family, while retaining full control of his business and income. Jimmy’s adviser has told him that all he has to do is obtain a pre-printed trust deed (which the adviser can provide) and fill in the blank spaces, showing that he is the trustee of his business and providing him with the discretionary power to distribute all the business income to his family as beneficiaries. ‘It’s as easy as that,’ says the excited Jimmy. Comment on the advice which Jimmy has received.

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