Trust allocations gone awry

Unfortunately, taxpayers sometimes play fast and loose with the legalities surrounding family trusts. Sometimes trustees purport to make allocations of income from a trust to its beneficiaries. The beneficiaries treat the amounts allocated as income for the purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the “Act”). The allocated amounts, however, somehow end up in the hands of other individuals, often the parents of the beneficiaries in question. The parents are often also the trustees of the trust who made the allocations (fiduciary obligations be damned).