The importance of your business plan

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Debts owed to your business

Having too many or too few debtors could be a sign of poor business health – take our Business Health Check.

Having too few (or no) debtors might mean that your business could expand its business by offering to the right clientele some limited credit facilities?

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Debts of $2000+ that your business owes

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Transcript:

business asset protection, dealing with the debts that your business owes
today we’re talking about the debts that your business owes to our businesses with a sole traders partnerships or even other companies and where those debts more than $2,000

we’re obviously in extraordinarily difficult times its today’s the 20th of March 2020 and

we’re obviously in an extraordinarily tricky set of times and
there may be for very good reasons there may be reasons why your business cannot meet its obligations today
maybe you’re a retail business
maybe you’re a service business and your customer base has dried up your cash flow is dried up
it could be a landlord that you owe money to well we’ve got it’s very important that you keep your head focused on the solutions and and not pretend that they don’t exist because just won’t make it any better
we’ve got this tool that we’ve when now making available more widely
obligation free to members of the public businesses, partnerships yes well really they’ve got got to be business debts but primarily if you’re a company this and your debt is over $2000 this service “should” be of some assistance to you it’s absolutely free upfront and we do get paid in the back end but it’s absolutely free service upfront no charge to you and if we hope to save you money and maybe we might help to save your business and your family home and many other assets well there’s there’s a fee in the back end
but you don’t have to worry about anything upfront it’s a completely free service
we include some links below to our knowledgebase explaining how the service actually works in some more detail
and there is a form an online form that you can complete where it starts the process
and you can you can use this tool
doesn’t matter how many organizations how many businesses that your business owes money to primarily it helps with business debts over $2,000 but they can really be any size that and it’s just to you know help keep the lights on help keep the things running
but help you to make your legal obligations
more generally we do have another suite of products helping you to you know looking at your business helping you with business plans and that sort of thing but also helping you with the structuring of your business to protect your personal and business assets
so they don’t form part of what we’re discussing today
we’re only talking about the debts that your business owes
but if your business is also owed money then we have our services so please check out our our knowledgebase give us a call 1300-327123 and discuss your problems
or
alternatively go to our website www.assetprotection.biz and use the live chat tool down in the bottom left-hand corner have a chat with us
we’re here to help
no fees upfront and you can you can call us anytime till late most days
so 1300-327123 – Mark Smith is my name on the director of this business and
we’d love to help you thank you

take our free Business Health Check and receive bespoke, obligation free advice suited to your needs within minutes.

Otherwise – click here to book a free appointment, call me anytime on 1300-327123 (till late), or click the chat tool – bottom right corner to instant chat now

Thanks, Mark Smith, Director

Mark J. Smith
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ATO kills huge liquor business overnight … 

We’ve been researching the circumstances of a once highly successful liquor manufacturing business, with a huge client base – domestically as well as around the world.

This business had grown and prospered for more than 50 years until this year.  This hard work was all undone overnight when it was wound-up by an aggressive ATO.

Our research indicates some or all of the situation could have been avoided with more thoughtful structuring and asset protection arrangements.

The business was wound up, more or less overnight, by the ATO.

50 years of hard work bought undone overnight.

Business Asset Protection, applying the research this case has uncovered, is offering free business structuring health checks for companies – particularly in high tax sectors such as liquor, with slow paying wholesale customers or those experiencing growing inventory levels.

To arrange a free structuring health check call now on 1300-327123 or complete the below form.

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Good debt practices

Business Health Check
Business Health Check

There are a number of healthy things a company can do in the conduct of its affairs.  Some obvious, some not so obvious – but most discussed under our free Business Health Check – start now

Below is a short checklist of good practice suggestions (in no particular order).

Checklist

  1. Not incur debts in the first instance.
  2. Checking invoices and ATO tax office statements carefully – ensuring there are no additional, unapproved items.  Particularly in relation to taxation matters, it is critical that you check these thoroughly!
  3. Disputing unapproved items quickly.  Ideally in writing.  Particularly concerning alleged taxation debts, directors tend to do the opposite.  And, a director under pressure already, often fails to fully read a tax notice of assessment.  (Sometimes they are just plain depressing).  A director must resist the urge to bury the document and should immediately dispute any tax ruling or assessment that they believe is incorrect.  Failing to dispute assessments can have huge consequences later when and if a creditor’s statutory demand has been issued – options become vastly more limited.
  4. Putting everything in writing.  i.e. using email particularly when entering contractual arrangements.  This can provide an important record of the exact agreement.
  5. Confirming discussions in writing by email after discussing things with the other party.  i.e. if one side has made concessions about the debt, the time when due or payable or similar, send an email immediately afterwards confirming what was discussed.  It’s much easier to remember at the time than 2 months later.
  6. Keeping documents and records.  Ideally electronically in an inbox.
  7. Backing up and saving documents and records.  There are many good free or low-cost cloud solutions for storing emails and documents.

If your company needs help arranging its file, contract and legal documentation, or if your company needs to dispute a tax notice of assessment or director’s penalty notice call us for a free consultation, call 1300-327123 or complete the form below.

Take our free Business Health Check – start now

Thanks,

Mark Smith, 1300-327123

Mark Smith, Business Asset Protection
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What is a liquidator?

What is a liquidator

A liquidator is a person appointed, in the winding up of a corporation, to assume control of the company’s affairs and to discharge its liabilities in preparation for its dissolution.  The appointment of a liquidator may be done voluntarily (by the proprietors) or via the courts (usually upon the application of a creditor – very often the ATO using a creditors statutory demand).

The process of the liquidator conducting the affairs of the company and realising its assets is called liquidation.

The liquidator’s role is to ascertain the liabilities (and assets) of the company, convert its assets into money, terminate its contracts, dispose of its business, distribute the net assets to creditors and any surplus (which is rare) to the shareholders and/or proprietors.

The liquidator will extinguish the company, lawfully, as a corporation on the records of ASIC by formal dissolution.

In determining the assets of a company, it is the liquidator’s duty to determine whether particular assets under the company’s control are owned by the company or others – i.e. stock may be purchased subject to a retention of title, vehicles may be on a corporate hire purchase and secured via a PPSR.

BAP can assist company directors to structure their assets and affairs, if not insolvent, in such a fashion to provide lawful asset protection.  To discuss how we can help to structure your company’s affairs and assets to provide maximum asset protection, please click here to book an appointment, call 1300-327123 (1300-DCP123), or complete the below form.

ATO kills huge liquor business overnight … 

We’ve been researching the circumstances of a once highly successful liquor manufacturing business, with a huge client base – domestically as well as around the world.

This business had grown and prospered for more than 50 years until this year.  This hard work was all undone overnight when it was wound-up by an aggressive ATO.

Our research indicates some or all of the situation could have been avoided with more thoughtful structuring and asset protection arrangements.

The business was wound up, more or less overnight, by the ATO.

50 years of hard work bought undone overnight.

Business Asset Protection, applying the research this case has uncovered, is offering free business structuring health checks for companies – particularly in high tax sectors such as liquor, with slow paying wholesale customers or those experiencing growing inventory levels.

To arrange a free structuring health check call now on 1300-327123 or complete the below form.

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What is a creditors statutory demand?

The Corporations Act 2001 (“the Act”) provides for the conducting of business by a corporation in Australia.

Section 459E of the Act provides that a corporation may be served a statutory demand by a creditor (i.e. a creditor’s statutory demand) relating to (subsection 1):

                     (a)  a single debt that the company owes to the person, that is due and payable and whose amount is at least the statutory minimum; or

                     (b)  2 or more debts that the company owes to the person, that are due and payable and whose amounts total at least the statutory minimum.

Once served with such a demand, a company cannot ignore the demand.  The most serious of possible consequences for the company are now rolling out.  There are no friendly rules or casual arrangements, strict compliance with the demand is necessary by law.

Requirements

There are further other requirements such as:

             (2)  The demand:

                     (a)  if it relates to a single debt–must specify the debt and its amount; and

                     (b)  if it relates to 2 or more debts–must specify the total of the amounts of the debts; and

                     (c)  must require the company to pay the amount of the debt, or the total of the amounts of the debts, or to secure or compound for that amount or total to the creditor’s reasonable satisfaction, within 21 days after the demand is served on the company; and

                     (d)  must be in writing; and

                     (e)  must be in the prescribed form (if any); and

                      (f)  must be signed by or on behalf of the creditor.

             (3)  Unless the debt, or each of the debts, is a judgment debt, the demand must be accompanied by an affidavit that:

                     (a)  verifies that the debt, or the total of the amounts of the debts, is due and payable by the company; and

                     (b)  complies with the rules.

The key words above in each of the subsections are the words Must and AND.

The above requirements of the Act’s provisions are cumulative.  Skip any of the requirements and the consequences for the creditor’s demand is that it is potentially defective.

What happens next

Once a creditor’s statutory demand has been served upon a company, several things can happen:

  1. the recipient company pays the debt in full
  2. the company contacts the creditor and they negotiate a settlement
  3. the company applies to have the demand set aside – for instance if there has been a genuine disputing of the debt.
  4. the company does not respond, and the creditor applies to have it wound up

Next steps

If your company has received a creditor’s statutory demand, you have no time to waste.  Go straight to our “what to do next blog for further next steps – click here to book a consultation.

Call anytime on 1300-327123.

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Fixtures

It might seem like a question with an obvious answer, but what is a fixture? What is a fitting?  And, what is equipment?

We are presently working on a project where our client is claiming title to commercial equipment.  The equipment was placed in a function space which features elsewhere in our blogs – current projects & past projects.  The land has recently been sold by the mortgagee in possession.

In the last couple of days these questions have arisen:

  • what is a fixture?
  • who can have title to it?
  • can a person abandone title to goods? and,
  • what is required to secure title to the fixture/s?

In this instance the equipment is commercial kitchen equipment.

Background

The purchaser from the mortgagee seems to be suggesting in correspondence that portable equipment is nevertheless a fixture.

The implied threat is to abandone the purchase from the mortgagee unless the secured lender, who owns the equipment, waives their title?

The answer to these questions is this. 

 

Analysis

Typically a fixture is a chattel which is annexed to land in such a way that it becomes ‘part of’ the land and ceases to be the personal property of the person who attached it.

Have a think about your workspace.  What are some chattels and what are fixtures and what might be fittings.

Take the kitchen sink for instance.  It’s probably quite impractical to remove that.  It would perhaps rip off the tiles in the process.  But what about for instance shelving.  Sure the shelves are screwed into the wall, and so it might be argued that they become part of the land.  But do they cease to be personal property?  And why were the shelves put there in the first instance?

These are all relevant questions in considering what are fixtures and what aren’t.  

We may discuss fixtures in further detail as this dispute is worked through.  

If you have any thoughts or comments or questions, please feel free to direct message me at:  mark@dcpartners.solutions – thank you.

14 August 2018

Welcome to Business Asset Protection

This post launches our blog series where we will discuss a range of topics which are perhaps important to those holding assets, their advisors, mortgage brokers and private lenders and others.

In the coming week/s this blog will discuss:

  • A range of relevant legal terms including a Glossary and their meaning/s.
  • Securities in Australian law such as the PPSA, common law and otherwise.
  • Insolvency – including personal and corporate insolvency.
  • some case studies.
  • various legal remedies, and
  • other related topics.

We welcome your feedback, or if you’d like to submit a question or comment – please complete the form below.

Mark Smith, Business Asset Protection
Mark Smith

Mark Smith, Director   

Business Asset Protection

www.assetprotection.biz

 

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