Trust management expenses: introduction: expenses vs distributions
To be an allowable TME, an item must be an expense. Distributions are not expenses and so are never allowable TMEs.
A distribution is a payment out of the trust that is either itself a gift made directly to the beneficiary, or a payment to a third party that procures a benefit for a beneficiary. Distributions may be referred to as ‘capital’ or ‘income’, depending on which fund they are to be paid out of.
Examples of distributions are:
- payment of cash or a grant to a beneficiary
- the costs of procuring a benefit in kind for a beneficiary, such as the payment of a beneficiary’s utility bills
- the cost of providing gifts, medical treatment, support or entertainment to beneficiaries.