Who pays taxes on an irrevocable trust?

Asked about 2 years ago - Tequesta, FL

Uncle has Altzheimers and his elderly wife is caring for him with a little help. He is 50'000 over the total assets he can have but the money is going quickly. Interested in knowing about an irrevocable trust and who would pay taxes on it

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Gregory Herman-Giddens

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It appears that there are a number of legal issues that may need to be addressed in this situation, but in terms of your specific question, it depends. If the trust is designed as a grantor trust, the person who established the trust (the grantor) must report the income in the trust and pay tax on it. Otherwise, the income is generally taxed to the trust itself unless it is distributed to a beneficiary, in which case it is taxed to the beneficiary.

  2. Marcos P Martinez

    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I agree with Mr. Herman-Giddens. You have other issues that you need to be concerned about regarding the irrevocable trust and the transfer of assets for purposes of qualification for certain benefits. An Elder Law Attorney would be able to guide you properly to the goals that you are seeking.

    As for the specific question, the prior attorney is correct. This would be taxed to the Trust itself and paid out of Trust assets. The exception would be a grantor trust, in which case the grantor (your uncle here) would be responsible for reporting all items of g/l as his own (on his own return).

    marcos@martinezanda.com Office tel: (561)245-4723 Website: www.martinezanda.com. The answer provided does not... more
  3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . An irrevocable trust would not be the answer because it would lead to a disqualification period of time.
    You should meet with an Elder Law attorney and discuss a Personal Services Contract along with other strategies.

    The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of... more

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

25,219 answers this week

2,977 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

25,219 answers this week

2,977 attorneys answering