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5. Mai 2022: Federal Fiscal Court creates more legal certainty for trust beneficiaries in Germany – but pitfalls remain – Blog article by Dr. Benjamin Rothmund

In two recently published rulings, the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof, BFH) has commented on the gift taxability of distributions made by foreign trusts to beneficiaries in Germany (BFH, ruling dated June 25, 2021 – II R 31/19 as well as BFH, ruling dated June 25, 2021 – II R 32/19). In the almost identical BFH rulings, the court had


Februar 2019: Tax Liability Of Trust Beneficiaries in Germany – blog article by lawyer Benjamin Rothmund

Intro The tax ramifications of a beneficial position in a foreign trust structure are likely to be severe, if any beneficiary establishes a residence or habitual abode in Germany. Although the notion of a trust does not exist in German civil law the German fiscal authorities have nevertheless introduced a comprehensive taxation of trust beneficiaries. Case Example US Resident H