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3 . Entity Structure Analysis
A technique which can help pinpoint the key issues in a complex business structure.

When analysing any complex business structure, the key issues are: what does each of the entities within the structure own, how is income derived and distributed within/outside the structure, and who ultimately benefits from the distribution of income? For instance, a business structure which encompasses a company, discretionary trusts, a partnership, and a superannuation fund, has an enormous amount of scope in determining how to move income around.

Frequently faced with the task of unravelling these scenarios, we recognise that each business structure and its operation are unique. This means a unique approach must be tailored for each situation. We have developed a pro forma worksheet that provides a straightforward method for identifying what a particular complex business structure actually does. We are happy to provide you with an example of our worksheet, which combines graphics and tables.

Please contact us for further information.

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