A Beginner’s Guide to Trusts and Trust Accounting

trust accountingAs people age, it’s important to consider your best options to live the rest of your life comfortably and take care of those you leave behind. One way that you can do this is by setting up a trust. Are you unsure about what a trust is or what it entails? The team at Marcia Campbell, CPA has your back. Learn all you need to know about trusts and trust accounting below.

What is a Trust?

A trust is a private, legal document in which a trustor (the person creating the trust) gives a trustee (an appointed person) the responsibility to manage assets for the document’s listed beneficiaries. There are two basic types of trusts:

  • Living Trust – A document created while you are still alive that determines what happens to your assets when you pass. This trust can become irrevocable when the trustor dies.
  • Testamentary Trust – A document created through a will and directs the executor of the estate to create it once you’ve passed.

Related Article: Testamentary Trust VS Living Trust | What’s The Difference?

What Assets Do I Include?

If moving forward with a living trust, you can begin putting together a list of assets you would like to distribute to beneficiaries. Below are a few ideas you might consider:

  • Liquid accounts – bank accounts
  • Traditional investments – stocks and bonds
  • Real estate – physical properties

View our blog for a long list of assets you should include in your living trust.

What is Trust Accounting and Why Do I Need It?

Trust accounting is a detailed report of the assets and expenses of a trust. If you are a trustee in the state of California, you are legally required to file an accounting of trust assets each year. It is imperative that trustees keep a record to not only stay up to date on behalf of beneficiaries but to also pay taxes and fees, handle distributions, and fulfill their fiduciary role.

One of the best and stress-free ways to keep an accurate accounting of your trust is to hire a CPA.

Do you have questions about trust accounting?

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As the most experienced CPA in the Inland Empire who specializes in working with seniors, Marcia L. Campbell is committed to helping each client thrive by caring for their personal and financial wellbeing with genuine interest, well-established expertise, and a focus on respectful partnerships. Marcia’s team specializes in a number of services including elder & financial care, court & trust accountings as well as private fiduciary and tax services. At Marcia L. Campbell, CPA, we understand the importance of our clients’ individual needs and are committed to helping them make the best personal and financial decisions for their future.

3 Responses

  • My aunt has been thinking about getting a trust because she wants to care for her kids when she is gone. She would really like to have a professional help her to set it up. I liked what you said about how a trust can determine what happens to her assets when she passes, and can give someone else responsibility of who can manage assets.

  • I never took into account the fact that it is required to file for accounting service of trust assets annually in certain states. I wonder how the processes would be here in Las Vegas, Nevada, since I think they should be followed properly to prevent being penalized or having violations when you have a business. In that case, it is best to hire a professional accountant specializing in this field or category to ensure that every detail and information a business owner has to know would be relayed to them which I think can prevent legal issues in the future.

  • My favorite part is when you said that bank account management could be processed easily with a help of an accountant. The other night, my brother informed me he and his business partner were planning to hire a professional accountant that could properly handle their tax return and planning. He asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to consider. Thanks to this informative article, I’ll tell him he can consult an accounting service as they can provide more information about the process.

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