55-13-13 Charges against income and principal.
Charges against income and principal.
The following charges shall be
made against income:
Ordinary expenses incurred in connection with the administration, management,
or preservation of the trust property, including regularly recurring taxes assessed
against any portion of the principal, water rates, premiums on insurance taken upon
the interests of the income beneficiary, remainderman, or trustee, interest paid by
the trustee, and ordinary repairs;
A reasonable allowance for depreciation on property subject to depreciation under
generally accepted accounting principles, but no allowance shall be made for
depreciation of that portion of any real property used by a beneficiary as a
residence or for depreciation of any property held by the trustee on July 1, 1984 for
which the trustee is not then making an allowance for depreciation;
One-half of court costs, attorney's fees, and other fees on periodic judicial
accounting, unless the court directs otherwise;
Court costs, attorney's fees, and other fees on other accountings or judicial
proceedings if the matter primarily concerns the income interest, unless the court
One-half of the trustee's regular compensation, whether based on a percentage of
principal or income, and all expenses reasonably incurred for current management
of principal and application of income;
Any tax levied upon receipts defined as income under this chapter or the trust
instrument and payable by the trustee.
If charges against income are of unusual amount, the trustee may by means of reserves or
other reasonable means charge them over a reasonable period of time and withhold from
distribution sufficient sums to regularize distributions.
The following charges shall be made against principal:
Trustee's compensation not chargeable to income under subsections (a)(4) and
(a)(5), special compensation of trustees, expenses reasonably incurred in
connection with principal, court costs and attorney's fees primarily concerning
matters of principal, and trustee's compensation computed on principal as an
acceptance, distribution, or termination fee;
Charges not provided for in subsection (a), including the cost of investing and
reinvesting principal, the payments on principal of an indebtedness (including a
mortgage amortized by periodic payments of principal), expenses for preparation
of property for rental or sale, and, unless the court directs otherwise, expenses
incurred in maintaining or defending any action to construe the trust or protect it
or the property or assure the title of any trust property;
extraordinary repairs or expenses incurred in making a capital improvement to
principal, including special assessments, but, a trustee may establish an allowance
for depreciation out of income to the extent permitted by subsection (a)(2) and by
Any tax levied upon profit, gain, or other receipts allocated to principal
notwithstanding denomination of the tax as an income tax by the taxing authority;
If an estate or inheritance tax is levied in respect of a trust in which both an income
beneficiary and a remainderman have an interest, any amount apportioned to the
trust, including interest and penalties, even though the income beneficiary also has
rights in the principal.
Regularly recurring charges payable from income shall be apportioned to the same extent
and in the same manner that income is apportioned under § 55-13-4.
SL 1984, ch 323, § 13.