Trusts and settlements

  2021/22 2020/21
Rate applicable to trusts 45% 45%
Dividend income tax rate 38.1% 38.1%
Standard rate band £1,000 £1,000
Exempt amount - trust for infant children £100 £100
Capital gains  
Trust capital gains tax exempt amount for most trustees £6,150 £6,150
Minimum amount £1,200 £1,200
Rate of tax 20% 20%


  • Trust income within the standard rate band is not taxable at the rate applicable to trusts, but bears the rate of tax appropriate to that type of income - savings income at 20%, dividends at 7.5%.
  • Trustees are liable at the rate applicable to trusts and the related dividend rate if they have power to accumulate income or have discretion over whether the income is made available to beneficiaries.
  • Income taxed on the settlor of a trust, rather than the trustees is taxed as the settlor's top slice of income. This normally arises when the settlor has retained an interest in the trust, but also applies where the trust is for the benefit of his infant children. Settlors will be required to pay any refund of tax on deemed trust income back to the trustees.
  • Capital invested on behalf of an infant unmarried child is treated as a settlement and the income is taxed on the settlor parent if it exceeds the exempt amount.
  • The annual exempt amount is divided by the number of settlements created after 6 June 1978, subject to the minimum amount. There is no annual exempt amount available when the gains are taxable on the settlor under the settlor interested trust provisions.
  • Where a trust has vulnerable beneficiaries, including a minor child who has lost a parent, the trustees may claim to reduce their tax liability (income and capital gains tax) to that which would be borne by the beneficiary. This gives the trustees the benefit of the beneficiary's personal allowances and basic rate band.
  • Bare trusts established for the settlor's children benefit from the use of the child's CGT annual exemption. Income is subject to the £100 limit then taxed on the parent as their top slice of income.