Loans are Seldom What they Seem
Published on 18 Jul 2006
| Took place at Hawthorn Receptions, Hawthorn
Loans are seldom what they seem. Clients see loans as part and parcel of everyday transactions
through their businesses. Lawyers treat loans as being something that arises between a debtor and
creditor. The Accountant's view differs yet again. Recent ATO emphasis on the forgiveness of
pre-Division 7A loans also adds to the confusion.
Loans, whether debit or credit balances, need to be understood not only from a legal viewpoint but
also an accounting viewpoint in order to ensure that financial statements that are prepared are correct and accurate and can be relied upon. Are you certain that the financial statements you prepare or rely upon are correct? Are receivables or payables truly loans? Unless financial statements are correctly prepared then Division 7A problems are almost certain to arise. Each ‘loan’ for Division 7A purposes needs to be identified and properly dealt with. Each transaction with a related entity needs to be reviewed and classified to determine whether it attracts Division 7A or another special taxing provision.
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