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HMRC internal manual

Trusts, Settlements and Estates Manual

Introduction to trusts: request for advice or information: request for advice - is the trust settlor-interested?

If the agent or lay trustee has asked if the trust is settlor-interested, you may write out along the lines below.

‘You asked whether the trust is settlor-interested. This is a matter for the trustees to decide, but it does not affect whether the trustees should return, as part of the Self-Assessment process, the income they receive. The Trust and Estate Tax Return Guide (SA950) contains guidance on completing the Trust and Estate Tax Return (SA900). You can download a copy of the Trust and Estate Tax Return Guide from the HMRC website or by ringing the Orderline on 0845 9000 404.

Further information about settlor-interested trusts can be found on the HMRC website.’ External customers can find this guidance at If the request for advice concerns

  • a large number of similar trusts, or
  • a potentially sensitive trust (for example a compensation or appeal fund type of trust)

refer the status issue to HMRC Trusts & Estates Technical Edinburgh (TSEM1562).