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What are the proposed changes to Division 7A?
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) released a consultation paper concerning proposed amendments to the Division 7A integrity rules.
The proposed changes include simplifying the loan rules the current 7 year and 25 year loans will be replaced with one 10 year loan. This new loan would include:
1. Maximum length of 10 years;
2. The interest rate charges will be the Overdraft Indicator lending rate per the RBA;
3. Unlike loans entered now, there will be no requirement for a formal loan to be put in place. However, there must be evidence that the loan was entered into by the lodgement day of the company’s return, this would include:
- Details of the parties to the loan;
- Date of loan; evidence of execution; and the binding nature on the parties to the agreement; and
- The loan terms including:
- The amount of the loan;
- The date that the loan was drawn;
- The requirement to repay the loan amount;
- The term of the loan; and
- Interest rate payable.
4. Like now the minimum interest payments will still consist of interest and principal, however:
- The interest component will be calculated on the opening balance of the loan each year;
- The principal repayments will be determined in a straight-line basis, i.e., a series of equal instalments.
- Interest will be calculated for the full financial year irrespective of any repayments being made (excluding year 1)
These changes are set to be implemented by 1 July 2019.
If you would like to discuss further please contact us:
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