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Should I Put Money Loaned To My Company Through My Personal Tax Return

by Jim ONeil on February 7, 2011

in Personal Finance Tips

If you are a director or participator in a limited liability company and take out money not considered a dividend or salary that exceeds any money you contributed, you have received a director’s loan. This loan has various Corporation Tax implications. When this account is overdrawn, the company must pay tax on any amount not repaid by nine months following the Corporation Tax accounting period.

Anyone self-employed can withdrawal business finances from the bank account at any time and use them. This is true whether the money is held in a separate account or a business-personal account.

However, when directors or closed company participators withdrawal more money than they have contributed, it is considered company money, or a director’s loan.

A separate record must be kept for each director’s loan account and all entries must be recorded. If the director loans money to the company, the account is in credit and some or all of this money can be withdrawn at any time without tax implications on the Company Tax Return. If money withdrawn exceeds what has been loaned and is not a dividend or salary, the director’s account is overdrawn.

If the director’s loan is paid in full before the end of the Corporation Tax accounting period, no tax is due on the loan and HRMC does not need to be made aware. If it is paid in full within nine months after

the Corporation Tax accounting period, no tax is due but the money must be included on the Company Tax Return. If it is not paid off by this time, loan details must be included, Corporation Tax must be paid on the money, and interest will be charged on the unpaid amount.

If the company pays interest to you on a director’s loan, you must reflect this as income on your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return. If a director’s loan is released or written off by the company, instead of being repaid, the amount written off or released is considered personal income. It is considered net income after deduction of tax. You will need to pay any additional tax and owed National Insurance contributions.

phil

Amen to that.

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