Posted by: Terri Long at January 31 2018 07:39:11.
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.
This document should be read carefully by the parties and the guarantors, where applicable. Every party should then sign and return a physical copy of the loan agreement. Individuals should ensure that their signature of the document is witnessed by another adult person - over the age of 18.
With a clear loan agreement, the lender and borrower have rights that remain protected throughout the duration of the loan and repayment terms. The terms of a loan might seem difficult to draft. In the absence of a free loan agreement template this might be true. However, a loan template makes the task of document creation a breeze.
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?