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Division 7A structuring: The contortionist revisited


Under the 2016 federal Budget amendments, quarantined pre-4 December 1997 loans and pre-16 December 2009 unpaid present entitlements (UPEs) may become subject to new loan rules. In addition, 30 June 2010 subsisting UPEs on a seven-year interest-only investment agreement will require principal repayment by 30 June 2018, presenting cash-flow problems for family groups that advisers must address now. This article discusses and assesses the risks of Div 7A loans, UPE compliance management and repayment planning options, and the potential impact of proposed Div 7A reforms. The author also analyses: the intersection of Div 7A deemed dividends, Div 245 debt forgiveness, Div 974 at-call loans, and s 100A reimbursement agreements on UPEs; the impact of the Board of Taxation and 2016 federal Budget proposed reforms; strategies for the management of pre-1997 loans and UPEs and pre-2009 quarantined UPEs; and strategies for repaying and restructuring loans and UPEs so that Div 7A does not apply.

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Ronald Jorgensen CTA
Ron Jorgensen, CTA, principally consults on Commonwealth and State tax laws, tax dispute resolution and compliance enforcement. Ron specialises in trusts and trust disputes, succession and asset protection, business and investment structuring and tax sensitive commercial and property transactions. Ron is an Accredited Specialist Tax Law and member of the Tax Law Advisory Committee with the Law Institute of Victoria. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and The Tax Institute. Ron is a member of the Tax Technical Committee (Vic), a member and former chair of the States Taxes Committee (Vic) and former representative of the Victorian State Taxes Consultative Council for The Tax Institute. Ron is a member of the Property Council of Australia Tax Committee (Victorian Division). Ron was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Recommended Tax Lawyer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and as a Leading Tax Lawyer for 2020 and in Best Lawyers Australia 2021. - Current at 16 December 2020
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