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Reliable and up-to-date accounting is one of the most vital functions of trust management. Maintaining this ensures the integrity and transparency of your trust and will guarantee that it remains compliant with SARS tax regulations. The MMS Trust department was incorporated in 2008 due to the demand for specialised trust accounting services and assistance in the taxation of local trusts.

At MMS Trust Services (Pty) Ltd, we pride ourselves in keeping up to date with the latest legislative changes to trusts to provide pro-active and personalised services regarding your unique long-term tax and financial planning requirements. Our skilled team frontiers trust management and accounting requirements to give our clients the peace of mind that their personal wealth is built on compliant structures and that their life’s assets are in trustworthy hands.

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    We provide the following trust services:
    • Acting as the Independent Accounting Officer for all local Trusts
    • Professional accounting services up to trial balance
    • Preparation of annual financial statements for trusts
    • The completion and submission of all types of tax returns
    • Managing process and procedure reviews
    • Attending regular trustee meetings
    • Provide specialised taxation advice on local trusts and related parties to a trust
    • Beneficial ownership declarations

    We are the preferred service supplier for several notable organisations:

    • One of the major banks of South Africa (12 Years)
    • A leading investment group in South Africa (6 Years)
    • Various other fiduciary and investment specialists (9 Years)
    Additionally, our directors are registered with respected institutions such as the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) as well as the Fiduciary Institute of South Africa (FISA).
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    More about trusts in South Africa:

    There are several different types of trusts in South Africa. Trusts are defined in alignment with the purpose they serve. For example, a Family (or Private) Trust’s main objective is to protect and maintain property within a trust to the benefit of trustees, whereas a Business Trust aims to let the business continue successfully.
    Establishing a trust offers the following advantages:
    • A trust ensures continuity as it is able to survive the life of a donor, trustee or beneficiary and continue for multiple generations.
    • By establishing a trust, you can protect your assets against creditors and/or disputes with spouses etc.
    • With a trust, you can utilise the collective knowledge, abilities and services of your trustees.
    • The custody of assets can be managed through a trust, thereby preventing waste or misuse.
    • Trusts allow for easier management and control of assets, which is useful when there are multiple owners who are not able to agree on how it should be managed.
    • A trust allows for simpler administration concerning assets for charitable purposes.
    • Trusts can provide several tax benefits if income and capital gains are managed and distributed correctly.
    • Property taxes can be capped as the growth of an asset is not connected directly to a mortal person.
    To benefit from the advantages offered by the establishment of a trust, your trust must be set up correctly and in compliance with tax and trust legislation. The MMS Trust Services team offers to assist with your unique trust requirements to ensure the fulfilment of long-term wealth planning. No matter the purpose of your trust or the limitations you want to set with regards to beneficiaries, our skilled and experienced team will be able to assist.

    For trustworthy advice and professional guidance on a range of trust services, including taxation and trust accounting services, feel free to contact us to talk to an MMS consultant.