Divorce – What it means to you & your Businessamir@propertytaxspecialists.com.au
Breaking up is hard to do. Beyond the emotional and financial turmoil divorce creates, there are a number of issues that need to be resolved.
What happens when there is a family company?
A recent ruling from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will create a tax burden for many divorcing couples that have assets tied up in a company. Previously, when a company transferred assets or cash to one of the former spouses under a Family Court order, many people took the view that the transfer was not treated as a dividend and did not trigger tax. However, in a ruling released on 30 July this year, the ATO confirms that any settlements paid out by a corporate entity are treated as income and taxed at the relevant spouse’s marginal tax rate.
If you are receiving assets from a corporate entity as part of a property settlement, it’s essential that you understand the tax implications prior to settlement or a sizeable chunk of the settlement could go to the ATO.
For business owners, outside of the tax and financial issues, it’s important to not lose focus on what’s important to keep the business running efficiently.
Please note that every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided in this guide is accurate. You should note, however, that the information is intended as a guide only, providing an overview of general information available to property buyers and investors. This guide is not intended to be an exhaustive source of information and should not be seen to constitute legal, tax or investment advice. You should, where necessary, seek your own advice for any legal, tax or investment issues raised in your affairs.