Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 48. Principal and Income; Uniform Law.


Subchapter I. Definitions and Fiduciary Duties.

§ 28–4801.01. Short title.

This chapter may be cited as the “Uniform Principal and Income Act”.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Section 1102 of D.C. Law 13-292 provided: “For purposes of Title 5 and Title 9 and sections 801(b), 805, and 806 of Title 8 of this act, the provisions relating to the administration of decedent’s estates shall apply only to the estates of decedent’s who die on or after the effective date of this act.”

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 101 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4801.02. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) “Accounting period” means a calendar year unless another 12-month period is selected by a fiduciary. The term includes a portion of a calendar year or other 12-month period that begins when an income interest begins or ends when an income interest ends.

(2) “Beneficiary” includes, in the case of a decedent’s estate, an heir, legatee, and devisee and, in the case of a trust, an income beneficiary and a remainder beneficiary.

(2A) “Domestic partner” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 32-701(3).

(2B) “Domestic partnership” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 32-701(4).

(3) “Fiduciary” means a personal representative or a trustee. The term includes an executor, administrator, successor personal representative, special administrator, and a person performing substantially the same function.

(4) “Income” means money or property that a fiduciary receives as current return from a principal asset. The term includes a portion of receipts from a sale, exchange, or liquidation of a principal asset, to the extent provided in subchapter IV of this chapter.

(5) “Income beneficiary” means a person to whom net income of a trust is or may be payable.

(6) “Income interest” means the right of an income beneficiary to receive all or part of net income, whether the terms of the trust require it to be distributed or authorize it to be distributed in the trustee’s discretion.

(7) “Mandatory income interest” means the right of an income beneficiary to receive net income that the terms of the trust require the fiduciary to distribute.

(8) “Net income” means the total receipts allocated to income during an accounting period minus the disbursements made from income during the period, plus or minus transfers under this chapter to or from income during the period.

(9) “Person” means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, government; governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; public corporation, or any other legal or commercial entity.

(10) “Principal” means property held in trust for distribution to a remainder beneficiary when the trust terminates.

(11) “Remainder beneficiary” means a person entitled to receive principal when an income interest ends.

(12) “Terms of a trust” means the manifestation of the intent of a settlor or decedent with respect to the trust, expressed in a manner that admits of its proof in a judicial proceeding, whether by written or spoken words or by conduct.

(13) “Trustee” includes an original, additional, or successor trustee, whether or not appointed or confirmed by a court.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 26(a), 55 DCR 6758.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-231 added pars. (2A) and (2B).

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 102 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4801.03. Fiduciary duties; general principles.

(a) In allocating receipts and disbursements to or between principal and income, and with respect to any matter within the scope of subchapters II and III of this chapter, a fiduciary:

(1) Shall administer a trust or estate in accordance with the terms of the trust or the will, even if there is a different provision in this chapter;

(2) May administer a trust or estate by the exercise of a discretionary power of administration given to the fiduciary by the terms of the trust or the will, even if the exercise of the power produces a result different from a result required or permitted by this chapter;

(3) Shall administer a trust or estate in accordance with this chapter if the terms of the trust or the will do not contain a different provision or do not give the fiduciary a discretionary power of administration; and

(4) Shall add a receipt or charge a disbursement to principal to the extent that the terms of the trust and this chapter do not provide a rule for allocating the receipt or disbursement to or between principal and income.

(b) In exercising the power to adjust under § 28-4801.04(a) or a discretionary power of administration regarding a matter within the scope of this chapter, whether granted by the terms of a trust, a will, or this chapter, a fiduciary shall administer a trust or estate impartially, based on what is fair and reasonable to all of the beneficiaries, except to the extent that the terms of the trust or the will clearly manifest an intention that the fiduciary shall or may favor one or more of the beneficiaries. A determination in accordance with this chapter is presumed to be fair and reasonable to all of the beneficiaries.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4801.04.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 103 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4801.04. Trustee’s power to adjust.

(a) A trustee may adjust between principal and income to the extent the trustee considers necessary if the trustee invests and manages trust assets as a prudent investor, the terms of the trust describe the amount that may or must be distributed to a beneficiary by referring to the trust’s income, and the trustee determines, after applying the rules in § 28-4801.03(a), that the trustee is unable to comply with § 28-4801.03(b).

(b) In deciding whether and to what extent to exercise the power conferred by subsection (a) of this section, a trustee shall consider all factors relevant to the trust and its beneficiaries, including the following factors to the extent they are relevant:

(1) The nature, purpose, and expected duration of the trust;

(2) The intent of the settlor;

(3) The identity and circumstances of the beneficiaries;

(4) The needs for liquidity, regularity of income, and preservation and appreciation of capital;

(5) The assets held in the trust; the extent to which they consist of financial assets, interests in closely held enterprises, tangible and intangible personal property, or real property; the extent to which an asset is used by a beneficiary; and whether an asset was purchased by the trustee or received from the settlor;

(6) The net amount allocated to income under the other sections of this chapter and the increase or decrease in the value of the principal assets, which the trustee may estimate as to assets for which market values are not readily available;

(7) Whether and to what extent the terms of the trust give the trustee the power to invade principal or accumulate income or prohibit the trustee from invading principal or accumulating income, and the extent to which the trustee has exercised a power from time to time to invade principal or accumulate income;

(8) The actual and anticipated effect of economic conditions on principal and income and effects of inflation and deflation; and

(9) The anticipated tax consequences of an adjustment.

(c) A trustee may not make an adjustment:

(1) That diminishes the income interest in a trust that requires all of the income to be paid at least annually to a spouse or domestic partner and for which an estate tax or gift tax marital deduction would be allowed, in whole or in part, if the trustee did not have the power to make the adjustment;

(2) That reduces the actuarial value of the income interest in a trust to which a person transfers property with the intent to qualify for a gift tax exclusion;

(3) That changes the amount payable to a beneficiary as a fixed annuity or a fixed fraction of the value of the trust assets;

(4) From any amount that is permanently set aside for charitable purposes under a will or the terms of a trust unless both income and principal are so set aside;

(5) If possessing or exercising the power to make an adjustment causes an individual to be treated as the owner of all or part of the trust for income tax purposes, and the individual would not be treated as the owner if the trustee did not possess the power to make an adjustment;

(6) If possessing or exercising the power to make an adjustment causes all or part of the trust assets to be included for estate tax purposes in the estate of an individual who has the power to remove a trustee or appoint a trustee, or both, and the assets would not be included in the estate of the individual if the trustee did not possess the power to make an adjustment;

(7) If the trustee is a beneficiary of the trust; or

(8) If the trustee is not a beneficiary, but the adjustment would benefit the trustee directly or indirectly.

(d) If subsection (c)(5), (6), (7), or (8) of this section applies to a trustee and there is more than one trustee, a cotrustee to whom the provision does not apply may make the adjustment unless the exercise of the power by the remaining trustee or trustees is not permitted by the terms of the trust.

(e) A trustee may release the entire power conferred by subsection (a) of this section or may release only the power to adjust from income to principal or the power to adjust from principal to income if the trustee is uncertain about whether possessing or exercising the power will cause a result described in subsection (c)(1) through (6) or (c)(8) of this section or if the trustee determines that possessing or exercising the power will or may deprive the trust of a tax benefit or impose a tax burden not described in subsection (c) of this section. The release may be permanent or for a specified period, including a period measured by the life of an individual.

(f) Terms of a trust that limit the power of a trustee to make an adjustment between principal and income do not affect the application of this section unless it is clear from the terms of the trust that the terms are intended to deny the trustee the power of adjustment conferred by subsection (a) of this section.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 26(b), 55 DCR 6758.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4801.03, § 28-4804.08, and § 28-4804.13.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-231, in subsec. (c)(1), substituted “spouse or domestic partner” for “spouse”.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 104 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subchapter II. Decedent’s Estate or Terminating Income Interest.

§ 28–4802.01. Determination and distribution of net income.

After a decedent dies, in the case of an estate, or after an income interest in a trust ends, the following rules apply:

(1) A fiduciary of an estate or of a terminating income interest shall determine the amount of net income and net principal receipts received from property specifically given to a beneficiary under the rules in subchapters III through V of this chapter which apply to trustees and the rules in paragraph (5) of this section. The fiduciary shall distribute the net income and net principal receipts to the beneficiary who is to receive the specific property.

(2) A fiduciary shall determine the remaining net income of a decedent’s estate or a terminating income interest under the rules in subchapters III through V of this chapter which apply to trustees and by:

(A) Including in net income all income from property used to discharge liabilities;

(B) Paying from income or principal, in the fiduciary’s discretion, fees of attorneys, accountants, and fiduciaries; court costs and other expenses of administration; and interest on death taxes, but the fiduciary may pay those expenses from income of property passing to a trust for which the fiduciary claims an estate tax marital or charitable deduction only to the extent that the payment of those expenses from income will not cause the reduction or loss of the deduction; and

(C) Paying from principal all other disbursements made or incurred in connection with the settlement of a decedent’s estate or the winding up of a terminating income interest, including debts, funeral expenses, disposition of remains, family allowances, and death taxes and related penalties that are apportioned to the estate or terminating income interest by the will, the terms of the trust, or applicable law.

(3) A fiduciary shall distribute to a beneficiary who receives a pecuniary amount outright the interest or any other amount provided by the will, the terms of the trust, or applicable law from net income determined under paragraph (2) of this section or from principal to the extent that net income is insufficient. If a beneficiary is to receive a pecuniary amount outright from a trust after an income interest ends and no interest or other amount is provided for by the terms of the trust or applicable law, the fiduciary shall distribute the interest or other amount to which the beneficiary would be entitled under applicable law if the pecuniary amount were required to be paid under a will.

(4) A fiduciary shall distribute the net income remaining after distributions required by paragraph (3) of this section in the manner described in § 28-4802.02 to all other beneficiaries, including a beneficiary who receives a pecuniary amount in trust, even if the beneficiary holds an unqualified power to withdraw assets from the trust or other presently exercisable general power of appointment over the trust.

(5) A fiduciary may not reduce principal or income receipts from property described in paragraph (1) of this section because of a payment described in § 28-4805.01 or § 28-4805.02 to the extent that the will, the terms of the trust, or applicable law requires the fiduciary to make the payment from assets other than the property or to the extent that the fiduciary recovers or expects to recover the payment from a third party. The net income and principal receipts from the property are determined by including all of the amounts the fiduciary receives or pays with respect to the property, whether those amounts accrued or became due before, on, or after the date of a decedent’s death or an income interest’s terminating event, and by making a reasonable provision for amounts that the fiduciary believes the estate or terminating income interest may become obligated to pay after the property is distributed.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4802.02, § 28-4803.02, and § 28-4805.01.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 201 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4802.02. Distribution to residuary and remainder beneficiaries.

(a) Each beneficiary described in § 28-4802.01(4) is entitled to receive a portion of the net income equal to the beneficiary’s fractional interest in undistributed principal assets, using values as of the distribution date. If a fiduciary makes more than one distribution of assets to beneficiaries to whom this section applies, each beneficiary, including one who does not receive part of the distribution, is entitled, as of each distribution date, to the net income the fiduciary has received after the date of death or terminating event or earlier distribution date but has not distributed as of the current distribution date.

(b) In determining a beneficiary’s share of net income, the following rules apply:

(1) The beneficiary is entitled to receive a portion of the net income equal to the beneficiary’s fractional interest in the undistributed principal assets immediately before the distribution date, including assets that later may be sold to meet principal obligations.

(2) The beneficiary’s fractional interest in the undistributed principal assets must be calculated without regard to property specifically given to a beneficiary and property required to pay pecuniary amounts not in trust.

(3) The beneficiary’s fractional interest in the undistributed principal assets must be calculated on the basis of the aggregate value of those assets as of the distribution date without reducing the value by any unpaid principal obligation.

(4) The distribution date for purposes of this section may be the date as of which the fiduciary calculates the value of the assets if that date is reasonably near the date on which assets are actually distributed.

(c) If a fiduciary does not distribute all of the collected but undistributed net income to each person as of a distribution date, the fiduciary shall maintain appropriate records showing the interest of each beneficiary in that net income.

(d) A fiduciary may apply the rules in this section, to the extent that the fiduciary considers it appropriate, to net gain or loss realized after the date of death or terminating event or earlier distribution date from the disposition of a principal asset if this section applies to the income from the asset.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4802.01.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 202 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subchapter III. Apportionment And End Of Income Interest.

§ 28–4803.01. When right to income begins and ends.

(a) An income beneficiary is entitled to net income from the date on which the income interest begins. An income interest begins on the date specified in the terms of the trust or, if no date is specified, on the date an asset becomes subject to a trust or successive income interest.

(b) An asset becomes subject to a trust:

(1) On the date it is transferred to the trust in the case of an asset that is transferred to a trust during the transferor’s life;

(2) On the date of a testator’s death in the case of an asset that becomes subject to a trust by reason of a will, even if there is an intervening period of administration of the testator’s estate; or

(3) On the date of an individual’s death in the case of an asset that is transferred to a fiduciary by a third party because of the individual’s death.

(c) An asset becomes subject to a successive income interest on the day after the preceding income interest ends, as determined under subsection (d) of this section, even if there is an intervening period of administration to wind up the preceding income interest.

(d) An income interest ends on the day before an income beneficiary dies or another terminating event occurs, or on the last day of a period during which there is no beneficiary to whom a trustee may distribute income.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 301 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4803.02. Apportionment of receipts and disbursements when decedent dies or income interest begins.

(a) A trustee shall allocate an income receipt or disbursement other than one to which § 28-4802.01(1) applies to principal if its due date occurs before a decedent dies in the case of an estate or before an income interest begins in the case of a trust or successive income interest.

(b) A trustee shall allocate an income receipt or disbursement to income if its due date occurs on or after the date on which a decedent dies or an income interest begins and it is a periodic due date. An income receipt or disbursement shall be treated as accruing from day to day if its due date is not periodic or it has no due date. The portion of the receipt or disbursement accruing before the date on which a decedent dies or an income interest begins shall be allocated to principal and the balance must be allocated to income.

(c) An item of income or an obligation is due on the date the payer is required to make a payment. If a payment date is not stated, there is no due date for the purposes of this chapter. Distributions to shareholders or other owners from an entity to which § 28-4804.01 applies are deemed to be due on the date fixed by the entity for determining who is entitled to receive the distribution or, if no date is fixed, on the declaration date for the distribution. A due date is periodic for receipts or disbursements that must be paid at regular intervals under a lease or an obligation to pay interest or if an entity customarily makes distributions at regular intervals.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 302 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act ((1997 Act).


§ 28–4803.03. Apportionment when income interest ends.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “undistributed income” means net income received before the date on which an income interest ends. The term “undistributed income” does not include an item of income or expense that is due or accrued or net income that has been added or is required to be added to principal under the terms of the trust.

(b) When a mandatory income interest ends, the trustee shall pay to a mandatory income beneficiary who survives that date, or the estate of a deceased mandatory income beneficiary whose death causes the interest to end, the beneficiary’s share of the undistributed income that is not disposed of under the terms of the trust unless the beneficiary has an unqualified power to revoke more than 5 percent of the trust immediately before the income interest ends. In the latter case, the undistributed income from the portion of the trust that may be revoked shall be added to principal.

(c) When a trustee’s obligation to pay a fixed annuity or a fixed fraction of the value of the trust’s assets ends, the trustee shall prorate the final payment if and to the extent required by applicable law to accomplish a purpose of the trust or its settlor relating to income, gift, estate, or other tax requirements.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 303 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subchapter IV. Allocation of Receipts During Administration of Trust.

Subpart 1. Receipts From Entities.

§ 28–4804.01. Character of receipts.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “entity” means a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, regulated investment company, real estate investment trust, common trust fund, or any other organization in which a trustee has an interest other than a trust or estate to which § 28-4804.02 applies, a business or activity to which § 28-4804.03 applies, or an asset-backed security to which § 28-4804.15 applies.

(b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a trustee shall allocate to income money received from an entity.

(c) A trustee shall allocate the following receipts from an entity to principal:

(1) Property other than money;

(2) Money received in one distribution or a series of related distributions in exchange for part or all of a trust’s interest in the entity;

(3) Money received in total or partial liquidation of the entity; and

(4) Money received from an entity that is a regulated investment company or a real estate investment trust if the money distributed is a capital gain dividend for federal income tax purposes.

(d) Money is received in partial liquidation:

(1) To the extent that the entity, at or near the time of a distribution, indicates that it is a distribution in partial liquidation; or

(2) If the total amount of money and property received in a distribution or series of related distributions is greater than 20 percent of the entity’s gross assets, as shown by the entity’s year-end financial statements immediately preceding the initial receipt.

(e) Money is not received in partial liquidation, nor may it be taken into account under subsection (d)(2) of this section, to the extent that it does not exceed the amount of income tax that a trustee or beneficiary must pay on taxable income of the entity that distributes the money.

(f) A trustee may rely upon a statement made by an entity about the source or character of a distribution if the statement is made at or near the time of distribution by the entity’s board of directors or other person or group of persons authorized to exercise powers to pay money or transfer property comparable to those of a corporation’s board of directors.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4803.02, § 28-4804.02, and § 28-4804.15.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 401 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.02. Distribution from trust or estate.

A trustee shall allocate to income an amount received as a distribution of income from a trust or an estate in which the trust has an interest other than a purchased interest, and shall allocate to principal an amount received as a distribution of principal from such a trust or estate. If a trustee purchases an interest in a trust that is an investment entity, or a decedent or donor transfers an interest in such a trust to a trustee, § 28-4804.01 or § 28-4804.15 applies to a receipt from the trust.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.01.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 402 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.03. Business and other activities conducted by trustee.

(a) If a trustee who conducts a business or other activity determines that it is in the best interest of all the beneficiaries to account separately for the business or activity instead of accounting for it as part of the trust’s general accounting records, the trustee may maintain separate accounting records for its transactions, whether or not its assets are segregated from other trust assets.

(b) A trustee who accounts separately for a business or other activity may determine the extent to which its net cash receipts must be retained for working capital, the acquisition or replacement of fixed assets, and other reasonably foreseeable needs of the business or activity, and the extent to which the remaining net cash receipts are accounted for as principal or income in the trust’s general accounting records. If a trustee sells assets of the business or other activity, other than in the ordinary course of the business or activity, the trustee shall account for the net amount received as principal in the trust’s general accounting records to the extent the trustee determines that the amount received is no longer required in the conduct of the business.

(c) Activities for which a trustee may maintain separate accounting records include:

(1) Retail, manufacturing, service, and other traditional business activities;

(2) Farming;

(3) Raising and selling livestock and other animals;

(4) Management of rental properties;

(5) Extraction of minerals and other natural resources;

(6) Timber operations; and

(7) Activities to which § 28-4804.14 applies.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.01, § 28-4804.07, § 28-4804.14, and § 28-4805.03.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 403 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subpart 2. Receipts Not Normally Apportioned.

§ 28–4804.04. Principal receipts.

A trustee shall allocate to principal:

(1) To the extent not allocated to income under this chapter, assets received from a transferor during the transferor’s lifetime, a decedent’s estate, a trust with a terminating income interest, or a payer under a contract naming the trust or its trustee as beneficiary;

(2) Money or other property received from the sale, exchange, liquidation, or change in form of a principal asset, including realized profit, subject to this subchapter;

(3) Amounts recovered from third parties to reimburse the trust because of disbursements described in § 28-4805.02(a)(7) or for other reasons to the extent not based on the loss of income;

(4) Proceeds of property taken by eminent domain, but a separate award made for the loss of income with respect to an accounting period during which a current income beneficiary had a mandatory income interest is income;

(5) Net income received in an accounting period during which there is no beneficiary to whom a trustee may or must distribute income; and

(6) Other receipts as provided in part C of this subchapter.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 404 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act ((1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.05. Rental property.

To the extent that a trustee accounts for receipts from rental property pursuant to this section, the trustee shall allocate to income an amount received as rent of real or personal property, including an amount received for cancellation or renewal of a lease. An amount received as a refundable deposit, including a security deposit or a deposit that is to be applied as rent for future periods, shall be added to principal and held subject to the terms of the lease and is not available for distribution to a beneficiary until the trustee’s contractual obligations have been satisfied with respect to that amount.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 405 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.06. Obligation to pay money.

(a) An amount received as interest, whether determined at a fixed, variable, or floating rate, on an obligation to pay money to the trustee, including an amount received as consideration for prepaying principal, shall be allocated to income without any provision for amortization of premium.

(b) A trustee shall allocate to principal an amount received from the sale, redemption, or other disposition of an obligation to pay money to the trustee more than one year after it is purchased or acquired by the trustee, including an obligation whose purchase price or value when it is acquired is less than its value at maturity. If the obligation matures within one year after it is purchased or acquired by the trustee, an amount received in excess of its purchase price or its value when acquired by the trust shall be allocated to income.

(c) This section does not apply to an obligation to which § 28-4804.09, § 28-4804.10, § 28-4804.11, § 28-4804.12, § 28-4804.14, or § 28-4804.15 applies.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 406 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.07. Insurance policies and similar contracts.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, a trustee shall allocate to principal the proceeds of a life insurance policy or other contract in which the trust or its trustee is named as beneficiary, including a contract that insures the trust or its trustee against loss for damage to, destruction of, or loss of title to a trust asset. The trustee shall allocate dividends on an insurance policy to income if the premiums on the policy are paid from income, and to principal if the premiums are paid from principal.

(b) A trustee shall allocate to income proceeds of a contract that insures the trustee against loss of occupancy or other use by an income beneficiary, loss of income, or, subject to § 28-4804.03, loss of profits from a business.

(c) This section does not apply to a contract to which § 28-4804.09 applies.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 407 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subpart 3. Receipts Normally Apportioned.

§ 28–4804.08. Insubstantial allocations not required.

If a trustee determines that an allocation between principal and income required by § 28-4804.09, § 28-4804.10, § 28-4804.11, § 28-4804.12, or § 28-4804.15 is insubstantial, the trustee may allocate the entire amount to principal unless one of the circumstances described in § 28-4801.04(c) applies to the allocation. This power may be exercised by a cotrustee in the circumstances described in § 28-4801.04(d) and may be released for the reasons and in the manner described in § 28-4801.04(e). An allocation is presumed to be insubstantial if:

(1) The amount of the allocation would increase or decrease net income in an accounting period, as determined before the allocation, by less than 10 percent; or

(2) The value of the asset producing the receipt for which the allocation would be made is less than 10 percent of the total value of the trust’s assets at the beginning of the accounting period.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 408 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.09. Deferred compensation, annuities, and similar payments.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) “Payment” means a payment that a trustee may receive over a fixed number of years or during the life of one or more individuals because of services rendered or property transferred to the payer in exchange for future payments. The term “payment” includes a payment made in money or property from the payer’s general assets or from a separate fund created by the payer. For the purposes of subsections (d), (d-1), (d-2), and (d-3) of this section, the term “payment” also includes any payment from any separate fund, regardless of the reason for the payment.

(2) “Separate fund” includes a private or commercial annuity, an individual retirement account, and a pension, profit-sharing, stock-bonus, or stock-ownership plan.

(b) To the extent that a payment is characterized as interest, or a dividend, or a payment made in lieu of interest or a dividend, a trustee shall allocate the payment to income. The trustee shall allocate to principal the balance of the payment and any other payment received in the same accounting period that is not characterized as interest, a dividend, or an equivalent payment.

(c) If no part of a payment is characterized as interest, a dividend, or an equivalent payment, and all or part of the payment is required to be made, a trustee shall allocate to income 10 percent of the part that is required to be made during the accounting period and the balance to principal. If no part of a payment is required to be made or the payment received is the entire amount to which the trustee is entitled, the trustee shall allocate the entire payment to principal. For purposes of this subsection, a payment is not required to be made to the extent that it is made because the trustee exercises a right of withdrawal.

(d) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d-1) of this section, subsections (d-2) and (d-3) of this section apply, and subsections (b) and (c) of this section do not apply, in determining the allocation of a payment made from a separate fund to:

(1) A trust to which an election to qualify for a marital deduction under section 2056(b)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, approved August 5, 1997 (68A Stat. 392; 26 U.S.C. § 2056(b)(7)), has been made; or

(2) A trust that qualifies for the marital deduction under section 2056(b)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, approved August 5, 1997 (68A Stat. 392; 26 U.S.C. § 2056(b)(5)).

(d-1) Subsections (d), (d-2), and (d-3) of this section do not apply if and to the extent that the series of payments would, without the application of subsection (d) of this section, qualify for the marital deduction under section 2056(b)(7)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, approved August 5, 1997 (68A Stat. 392; 26 U.S.C. § 2056(b)(7)(C)).

(d-2) A trustee shall determine the internal income of each separate fund for the accounting period as if the separate fund were a trust subject to this chapter. Upon request of the surviving spouse, the trustee shall demand that the person administering the separate fund distribute the internal income to the trust. The trustee shall allocate a payment from the separate fund to income to the extent of the internal income of the separate fund and distribute that amount to the surviving spouse. The trustee shall allocate the balance of the payment to principal. Upon request of the surviving spouse, the trustee shall allocate principal to income to the extent the internal income of the separate fund exceeds payments made from the separate fund to the trust during the accounting period.

(d-3) If a trustee cannot determine the internal income of a separate fund but can determine the value of the separate fund, the internal income of the separate fund is deemed to equal 4 % of the fund’s value, according to the most recent statement of value preceding the beginning of the accounting period. If the trustee can determine neither the internal income of the separate fund nor the fund’s value, the internal income of the fund is deemed to equal the product of the interest rate and the present value of the expected future payments, as determined under section 7520 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, approved November 10, 1988 (102 Stat. 3668; 26 U.S.C. § 7520), for the month preceding the accounting period for which the computation is made.

(e) This section does not apply to payments to which § 28-4804.10 applies.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 26(c), 55 DCR 6758; July 23, 2010, D.C. Law 18-197, § 2(b), 57 DCR 4524.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.06, § 28-4804.07, § 28-4804.08, § 28-4804.10, § 28-4804.15, and § 28-4806.03.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-231, in subsec. (d), substituted “marital or domestic partnership” for “marital”.

D.C. Law 18-197 rewrote the section.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 409 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.10. Liquidating asset.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “liquidating asset” means an asset whose value will diminish or terminate because the asset is expected to produce receipts for a period of limited duration. The term “liquidating asset” includes a leasehold, patent, copyright, royalty right, and right to receive payments during a period of more than one year under an arrangement that does not provide for the payment of interest on the unpaid balance. The term “liquidating asset” does not include a payment subject to § 28-4804.09, resources subject to § 28-4804.11, timber subject to § 28-4804.12, an activity subject to § 28-4804.14, an asset subject to § 28-4804.15, or any asset for which the trustee establishes a reserve for depreciation under § 28-4805.03.

(b) A trustee shall allocate to income 10 percent of the receipts from a liquidating asset and the balance to principal.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.06, § 28-4804.08, and § 28-4804.09.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 410 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.11. Minerals, water, and other natural resources.

(a) To the extent that a trustee accounts for receipts from an interest in minerals or other natural resources pursuant to this section, the trustee shall allocate them as follows:

(1) If received as nominal delay rental or nominal annual rent on a lease, a receipt shall be allocated to income.

(2) If received from a production payment, a receipt shall be allocated to income if and to the extent that the agreement creating the production payment provides a factor for interest or its equivalent. The balance shall be allocated to principal.

(3) If an amount received as a royalty, shut-in-well payment, take-or-pay payment, bonus, or delay rental is more than nominal, 90 percent shall be allocated to principal and the balance to income.

(4) If an amount is received from a working interest or any other interest not provided for in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection, 90 percent of the net amount received shall be allocated to principal and the balance to income.

(b) An amount received on account of an interest in water that is renewable shall be allocated to income. If the water is not renewable, 90 percent of the amount shall be allocated to principal and the balance to income.

(c) This chapter applies whether or not a decedent or donor was extracting minerals, water, or other natural resources before the interest became subject to the trust.

(d) If a trust owns an interest in minerals, water, or other natural resources on the effective date of this chapter, the trustee may allocate receipts from the interest as provided in this chapter or in the manner used by the trustee before the effective date of this chapter. If the trust acquires an interest in minerals, water, or other natural resources after the effective date of this chapter, the trustee shall allocate receipts from the interest as provided in this chapter.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.06, § 28-4804.08, and § 28-4804.10.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 411 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.12. Timber.

(a) To the extent that a trustee accounts for receipts from the sale of timber and related products pursuant to this section, the trustee shall allocate the net receipts:

(1) To income to the extent that the amount of timber removed from the land does not exceed the rate of growth of the timber during the accounting periods in which a beneficiary has a mandatory income interest;

(2) To principal to the extent that the amount of timber removed from the land exceeds the rate of growth of the timber or the net receipts are from the sale of standing timber;

(3) To or between income and principal if the net receipts are from the lease of timberland or from a contract to cut timber from land owned by a trust, by determining the amount of timber removed from the land under the lease or contract and applying the rules in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection; or

(4) To principal to the extent that advance payments, bonuses, and other payments are not allocated pursuant to paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this subsection.

(b) In determining net receipts to be allocated pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, a trustee shall deduct and transfer to principal a reasonable amount for depletion.

(c) This chapter applies whether or not a decedent or transferor was harvesting timber from the property before it became subject to the trust.

(d) If a trust owns an interest in timberland on the effective date of this chapter, the trustee may allocate net receipts from the sale of timber and related products as provided in this chapter or in the manner used by the trustee before the effective date of this chapter. If the trust acquires an interest in timberland after the effective date of this chapter, the trustee shall allocate net receipts from the sale of timber and related products as provided in this chapter.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.06, § 28-4804.08, and § 28-4804.10.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 412 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.13. Property not productive of income.

(a) If a marital deduction is allowed for all or part of a trust whose assets consist substantially of property that does not provide the spouse or domestic partner with sufficient income from or use of the trust assets, and if the amounts that the trustee transfers from principal to income under § 28-4801.04 and distributes to the spouse or domestic partner from principal pursuant to the terms of the trust are insufficient to provide the spouse or domestic partner with the beneficial enjoyment required to obtain the marital deduction, the spouse or domestic partner may require the trustee to make property productive of income, convert property within a reasonable time, or exercise the power conferred by § 28-4801.04(a). The trustee may decide which action or combination of actions to take.

(b) In cases not governed by subsection (a) of this section, proceeds from the sale or other disposition of an asset are principal without regard to the amount of income the asset produces during any accounting period.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 26(d), 55 DCR 6758.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-231, in subsec. (d), substituted “spouse or domestic partner” for “spouse”.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 413 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.14. Derivatives and options.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “derivative” means a contract or financial instrument or a combination of contracts and financial instruments which gives a trust the right or obligation to participate in some or all changes in the price of a tangible or intangible asset or group of assets, or changes in a rate, an index of prices or rates, or other market indicator for an asset or a group of assets.

(b) To the extent that a trustee does not account under § 28-4804.03 for transactions in derivatives, the trustee shall allocate to principal receipts from and disbursements made in connection with those transactions.

(c) If a trustee grants an option to buy property from the trust, whether or not the trust owns the property when the option is granted, grants an option that permits another person to sell property to the trust, or acquires an option to buy property for the trust or an option to sell an asset owned by the trust, and the trustee or other owner of the asset is required to deliver the asset if the option is exercised, an amount received for granting the option must be allocated to principal. An amount paid to acquire the option shall be paid from principal. A gain or loss realized upon the exercise of an option, including an option granted to a settlor of the trust for services rendered, shall be allocated to principal.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.03, § 28-4804.06, and § 28-4804.10.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 414 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4804.15. Asset-backed securities.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “asset-backed security” means an asset whose value is based upon the right it gives the owner to receive distributions from the proceeds of financial assets that provide collateral for the security. The term “asset-backed security” includes an asset that gives the owner the right to receive from the collateral financial assets only the interest or other current return or only the proceeds other than interest or current return. The term “asset-backed security” does not include an asset to which § 28-4804.01 or § 28-4804.09 applies.

(b) If a trust receives a payment from interest or other current return and from other proceeds of the collateral financial assets, the trustee shall allocate to income the portion of the payment which the payer identifies as being from interest or other current return and shall allocate the balance of the payment to principal.

(c) If a trust receives one or more payments in exchange for the trust’s entire interest in an asset-backed security in one accounting period, the trustee shall allocate the payments to principal. If a payment is one of a series of payments that will result in the liquidation of the trust’s interest in the security over more than one accounting period, the trustee shall allocate 10 percent of the payment to income and the balance to principal.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.01, § 28-4804.02, § 28-4804.06, § 28-4804.08, and § 28-4804.10.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 415 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subchapter V. Allocation Of Disbursements During Administration Of Trust.

§ 28–4805.01. Disbursements from income.

A trustee shall make the following disbursements from income to the extent that they are not disbursements to which § 28-4802.01(2)(B) or (C) applies:

(1) One-half of the regular compensation of the trustee and of any person providing investment advisory or custodial services to the trustee;

(2) One-half of all expenses for accountings, judicial proceedings, or other matters that involve both the income and remainder interests;

(3) All of the other ordinary expenses incurred in connection with the administration, management, or preservation of trust property and the distribution of income, including interest, ordinary repairs, regularly recurring taxes assessed against principal, and expenses of a proceeding or other matter that concerns primarily the income interest; and

(4) Recurring premiums on insurance covering the loss of a principal asset or the loss of income from or use of the asset.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4802.01 and § 28-4805.02.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 501 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4805.02. Disbursements from principal.

(a) A trustee shall make the following disbursements from principal:

(1) The remaining one-half of the disbursements described in § 28-4805.01(1) and (2);

(2) All of the trustee’s compensation calculated on principal as a fee for acceptance, distribution, or termination, and disbursements made to prepare property for sale;

(3) Payments on the principal of a trust debt;

(4) Expenses of a proceeding that concerns primarily principal, including a proceeding to construe the trust or to protect the trust or its property;

(5) Premiums paid on a policy of insurance not described in § 28-4805.01(4) of which the trust is the owner and beneficiary;

(6) Estate, inheritance, and other transfer taxes, including penalties, apportioned to the trust; and

(7) Disbursements related to environmental matters, including reclamation, assessing environmental conditions, remedying and removing environmental contamination, monitoring remedial activities and the release of substances, preventing future releases of substances, collecting amounts from persons liable or potentially liable for the costs of those activities, penalties imposed under environmental laws or regulations and other payments made to comply with those laws or regulations, statutory or common law claims by third parties, and defending claims based on environmental matters.

(b) If a principal asset is encumbered with an obligation that requires income from that asset to be paid directly to the creditor, the trustee shall transfer from principal to income an amount equal to the income paid to the creditor in reduction of the principal balance of the obligation.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4802.01, § 28-4804.04, and § 28-4805.04.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 502 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4805.03. Transfers from income to principal for depreciation.

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term “depreciation” means a reduction in value due to wear, tear, decay, corrosion, or gradual obsolescence of a fixed asset having a useful life of more than one year.

(b) A trustee may transfer to principal a reasonable amount of the net cash receipts from a principal asset that is subject to depreciation, but may not transfer any amount for depreciation:

(1) Of that portion of real property used or available for use by a beneficiary as a residence or of tangible personal property held or made available for the personal use or enjoyment of a beneficiary;

(2) During the administration of a decedent’s estate; or

(3) Under this section if the trustee is accounting under § 28-4804.03 for the business or activity in which the asset is used.

(c) An amount transferred to principal need not be held as a separate fund.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 28-4804.10.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 503 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4805.04. Transfers from income to reimburse principal.

(a) If a trustee makes or expects to make a principal disbursement described in this section, the trustee may transfer an appropriate amount from income to principal in one or more accounting periods to reimburse principal or to provide a reserve for future principal disbursements.

(b) Principal disbursements to which subsection (a) of this section applies include the following, but only to the extent that the trustee has not been and does not expect to be reimbursed by a third party:

(1) An amount chargeable to income but paid from principal because it is unusually large, including extraordinary repairs;

(2) A capital improvement to a principal asset, whether in the form of changes to an existing asset or the construction of a new asset, including special assessments;

(3) Disbursements made to prepare property for rental, including tenant allowances, leasehold improvements, and broker’s commissions;

(4) Periodic payments on an obligation secured by a principal asset to the extent that the amount transferred from income to principal for depreciation is less than the periodic payments; and

(5) Disbursements described in § 28-4805.02(a)(7).

(c) If the asset whose ownership gives rise to the disbursements becomes subject to a successive income interest after an income interest ends, a trustee may continue to transfer amounts from income to principal as provided in subsection (a) of this section.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 504 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4805.05. Income taxes.

(a) A tax required to be paid by a trustee based on receipts allocated to income shall be paid from income.

(b) A tax required to be paid by a trustee based on receipts allocated to principal shall be paid from principal, even if the tax is called an income tax by the taxing authority.

(c) A tax required to be paid by a trustee on the trust’s share of an entity’s taxable income shall be paid:

(1) From income to the extent that receipts from the entity are allocated only to income;

(2) From principal to the extent that receipts from the entity are allocated only to principal;

(3) Proportionately from principal and income to the extent that receipts from the entity are allocated to both income and principal; and

(4) From principal to the extent that the tax exceeds the total receipts from the entity.

(d) After applying subsections (a) through (c) of this section, the trustee shall adjust income or principal receipts to the extent that the trust’s taxes are reduced because the trust receives a deduction for payments made to a beneficiary.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087; July 23, 2010, D.C. Law 18-197, § 2(c), 57 DCR 4524.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-197 rewrote subsecs. (c) and (d).

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 505 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4805.06. Adjustments between principal and income because of taxes.

(a) A fiduciary may make adjustments between principal and income to offset the shifting of economic interests or tax benefits between income beneficiaries and remainder beneficiaries which arise from:

(1) Elections and decisions, other than those described in subsection (b) of this section, that the fiduciary makes from time to time regarding tax matters;

(2) An income tax or any other tax that is imposed upon the fiduciary or a beneficiary as a result of a transaction involving or a distribution from the estate or trust; or

(3) The ownership by an estate or trust of an interest in an entity whose taxable income, whether or not distributed, is includable in the taxable income of the estate, trust, or a beneficiary.

(b) If the amount of an estate tax marital or domestic partnership deduction or charitable contribution deduction is reduced because a fiduciary deducts an amount paid from principal for income tax purposes instead of deducting it for estate tax purposes, and as a result estate taxes paid from principal are increased and income taxes paid by an estate, trust, or beneficiary are decreased, each estate, trust, or beneficiary that benefits from the decrease in income tax shall reimburse the principal from which the increase in estate tax is paid. The total reimbursement shall equal the increase in the estate tax to the extent that the principal used to pay the increase would have qualified for a marital or domestic partnership deduction or charitable contribution deduction but for the payment. The proportionate share of the reimbursement for each estate, trust, or beneficiary whose income taxes are reduced shall be the same as its proportionate share of the total decrease in income tax. An estate or trust shall reimburse principal from income.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087; Sept. 12, 2008, D.C. Law 17-231, § 26(e), 55 DCR 6758.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-231, in subsec. (b), substituted “marital or domestic partnership” for “marital”.

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 506 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


Subchapter VI. Miscellaneous Provisions.

§ 28–4806.01. Uniformity of application and construction.

In applying and construing this chapter, consideration must be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among the states that enact it.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 601 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4806.02. Application of chapter to existing trusts and estates.

This chapter applies to every trust or decedent’s estate existing on the effective date of this chapter [April 27, 2001] except as otherwise expressly provided in the will or terms of the trust or in this chapter.


(Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-292, § 502(c), 48 DCR 2087.)

Editor's Notes

Uniform Law: This section is based upon § 605 of the Uniform Principal and Income Act (1997 Act).


§ 28–4806.03. Transitional matters.

Section 28-4804.09 applies to a trust described in § 28-4804.09(d) on and after the following dates:

(1) If the trust is not funded as of [July 23, 2010], the date of the decedent’s death;

(2) If the trust is initially funded in the calendar year beginning January 1, 2010, the date of the decedent’s death; or

(3) If the trust is not described in paragraph (1) or (2) of this section, January 1, 2010.


(July 23, 2010, D.C. Law 18-197, § 2(d), 57 DCR 4524.)