Do you own a private company? Have you received payments not accounted for as wages or salaries this financial year?
As 30 June approaches it is time to ensure your business affairs are in order. This includes ensuring you have Division 7A Loan Agreements in place, where necessary.
What is Division 7A?
Division 7A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) is intended to prevent private companies from making tax free distributions to shareholders or other related entities.
Division 7A treats the following amounts as deemed dividends in certain circumstances:
- Amounts paid by the company to shareholders or other related entities,
- Amounts lent by the company to shareholders or other related entities, and
- Amounts of debts owed by shareholders or other related entities to the company.
When an amount is treated as a deemed dividend it is taxable as assessable income for that financial years in the hands of the applicable shareholder or related entity.