Prior to January 1, 2023, California residents were able to avoid California taxation for any income earned by the ING trust that was not distributed to them. Incomplete Non-Grantor (ING) trusts are incomplete (“gift”) non-grantor trusts with the unique purpose of avoiding the imposition of state income tax on transactions occurring inside the trust.

The ING trusts were allowed to be formed in states that do not tax trust assets, such as Delaware Incomplete-gift Non-grantor Gift (DING), Wyoming Incomplete-gift Non-grantor Gift (WING), Nevada Incomplete-gift Non-grantor Gift (NING) to name a few.

On July 10, 2023, Governor Newsom signed legislation (Senate Bill 131) that codified California state income tax treatment of INGs. Effective, retroactive to January 1, 2023, California will treat INGs as grantor trusts for State income tax purposes.

Senate Bill 131 added section 17082 to the California revenue and Taxation Code that states that California residents who transferred assets into an ING will be treated as the owners of the ING for California income tax purposes and will be liable for any taxable income earned by the ING.

If you would like more information regarding INGs or other estate/trust issues, please feel free to contact our KROST’s estate and trust specialists.

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Richard UmanoffRichard Umanoff, CPA, MBA, Principal
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Richard Umanoff is an Estate & Gift, Trust and Probate Principal at KROST. Richard’s career spans over 45 years, with a concentration in taxation. His primary emphasis is estate and trust tax compliance, planning, estate administration, and probate court accounting. Richard currently serves in the role of trustee for numerous clients. » Full Bio

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