This Is How To ‘Cap’ Your Tax Using A “Bucket Company”

Tax Planning

In the lead up to 30 June 2021, we want you to know why using a “bucket company” can be a great strategy for saving tax on trust profits distributed.


Do you have a Discretionary or Family Trust that generates profits? If yes, then this strategy may apply to you.

A “bucket company” allows you to “cap” the tax on profits distributed by a trust to 30% or 26%. This is much less than the individual top marginal rate of 47%.

Here’s how this works:

Assume a trust earns $250,000 in profits from the business.

Option 1: Distribute profits 50 / 50 to Individuals 1 and 2. Total tax (inc. Medicare Levy) payable = $67,574 (27%)

Option 2: Distribute $90,000 each to Individuals 1 & 2 and distribute balance of $70,000 to a “bucket” company at a 26% tax rate. Total tax payable = $59,074 (24%).
(Note: This strategy assumes that the $70,000 in cash is available to be distributed to a bucket company, otherwise what is known as a Div 7A Loan Agreement will need to be entered into and loan repayments made over a 7 year period.)

The VALUE of this strategy is $8,500 in TAX SAVED!

The cash in a “bucket company” can be used to invest in shares, property, or to lend to other entities at a specific interest rate.

But: You need to discuss this with us BEFORE you do it. There are different tax laws that affect the use of this strategy, and whether your “bucket company” can use a tax rate of 30% or 26%.

As your expert Accountants, we are very aware of these tax laws and can make this easy for you.


Contact us today and book your free Tax Planning meeting. The sooner we get started, the sooner we can help you save tax using a “Bucket Company” – well before 30 June 2021 for enough time to implement tax-saving strategies.

 Imagine what you could do with your tax saved:

  • Reduce your home loan
  • Top up your super
  • Save for a holiday (when we can all travel again!)
  • Deposit for an investment property
  • Pay for your children’s education
  • Upgrade your car

We look forward to helping you soon!

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