Posted by: Arlene Kuehner at February 02 2018 06:31:39.
If a Lender is a company, and the Loan is being provided to a shareholder of that company, parties should be aware of division 7A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth). Where the parties believe that division 7A applies to the Loan, they may wish to use an alternative agreement – the Division 7A Loan Agreement.
A company is a party to this agreement they should ensure that the Loan Agreement is signed by two authorised signatories, either two directors or a director and a company secretary. Where a company only has a single director, that person may sign the agreement as the sole director.
What, exactly, was the amount of the money owed? Most importantly, a loan agreement makes it clear that the money given was, in fact, a loan – and not a gift. Also, it tidies up the loan by setting out payment requirements. Is the loan to be paid back in installments, or all by a certain date? Is there any interest being charged on the loan, or late charges if the loan is not paid back?
Any provisions that apply to the loan are also something the document includes. The form is to ensure that both the borrower and lender agree to the terms and provisions. Once the borrower, lender, and a witness document the form it is a legal and binding agreement. When loaning money, if you want to ensure repayment, use the personal loan agreement. With the provisions in the document the regulations are clear. After signing it, the borrower or the lender cannot make changes to the initial agreement.