All trusts are taxable. The issue is who pays? A revocable trust is taxable to its settlor/grantor/creator. An irrevocable trust may be taxable to the trust itself, to the beneficiaries, or to the settlor/grantor/creator -- dependent upon numerous factors:
1. A trust's distributed net income (DNI) is taxable to beneficiaries who receive the income.
2. A grantor trust's income is taxable to the grantor. The subfactors that create a grantor trust are extremely complex, and it would require a 10,000 word dissertation to describe the factors and provide examples.
3. Trusts that do not fall within either of the above circumstances, are taxable directly to the trust, similar to how a corporation is taxed.
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