Debt is a normal part of doing business. Every company will have some debts that must be managed on a regular basis, and good debt management is about always being aware of the debts you have and dealing with them in a timely and structured manner.
A Director Penalty Notice (DPN) can be issued by the ATO against company directors in order to recover unpaid debts. Company directors can be held personally liable for the outstanding tax liabilities of a business so it’s crucial to have a good understanding of your rights and obligations under this area of law.
If your business is unable to repay its debts, it could be insolvent. Closing a business can be a complicated and emotional time, but insolvent trading laws means directors should understand their options and make a decision as soon as possible. Seeking advice from insolvency professionals can make the process easier, help you stay fully compliant with the law throughout the process, and help you avoid unwanted surprises.
In my experience the next two months will be tough for small retailers and hospitality businesses as the uncertainty that the election process brings will make it harder to get customers to spend.
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