Trusts are useful vehicles both during life and after death. This article examines how trusts are income taxed. Grantor trusts are taxed to the grantor, regardless of whether the income is distributed to them. Nongrantor trusts are separate taxpaying entities but get a deduction for distributions to beneficiaries. Read the article to learn more.
States are all over the board in their taxation of income. This is doubly true when it comes to the taxation of nongrantor trusts. By using nongrantor trusts, you could avoid the state income taxation of property in that trust. Read on to learn more.