Extension of time to make repayments on Division 7A loans

Editor: Under a complying Division 7A loan from a private company, the borrower must make minimum yearly repayments (‘MYR’) before the end of the lender’s income year to avoid the loan being treated as an assessable dividend.

To offer more support due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, an extension of the repayment period is now available for those who were unable to make their MYRs by the end of the lender’s 2020/21 income year (generally 30 June).

The borrower can apply for this administrative relief using the ATO’s streamlined online application.  Note that they must still make up the shortfall of their 2020/21 MYR by 30 June 2022.

Editor: A similar extension was also available for the MYR for the 2019/20 year, and borrowers who obtained this extension needed to have made up that shortfall by 30 June 2021.

If they didn’t meet this deadline, they will need to either obtain a further extension of time for the 2019/20 MYR outside the streamlined process, or amend their 2019/20 tax return to include a dividend.

If you have any questions whether these measures impact on you or if you can benefit from them, just contact us for a FREE Financial Health Check to get peace of mind.

Please Note: Many of the comments in this publication are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information’s applicability to their particular circumstances.