SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1115. Is a beneficiary of a trust operating a trade or business engaged in the trade or business?

A beneficiary of a trust that operates a trade or business is not engaged in the trade or business. This is because the trust rather than the beneficiary is engaged in the activity. However, a trade or business that is carried on by a conservator, committee, or guardian on behalf of an incompetent is considered as carried on by the incompetent. This is true even if the person has been legally adjudged as incompetent.

Last Revised: Aug. 25, 2009