The income of the trust is reported directly on the tax return of the current beneficiaries. Because it is a grantor trust, which is a trust in which the creator (or grantor) keeps some interest in the income and funds inside of the trust. It is not recognized as a separate taxable entity separate from the grantor for tax purposes. It is, thus, “Income Tax Neutral” to the grantor. So, the for tax purposes, it is equivalent to holding the funds in your name. From an asset protection standpoint, however, it is the difference between keeping and not keeping your own money. It can also pass real estate tax deductions and mortgage interest deductions to your personal tax return.