The $30 Billion Refinancing Opportunity of the Century

This episode of Lunch Money was recorded live at our Sydney breakfast seminar. 

The ATO was generous during Covid, allowing Australian small businesses to add $15B to its pre-Covid undisputed arrears, bringing the total to $30B. However, playtime is over, and the ATO now wants to collect. In taking measures ranging from credit agency default listings to the initiation of winding-up proceedings, the ATO poses a significant threat to individual SMEs facing cash flow issues and trying to raise capital. This, however, presents an unprecedented opportunity for finance professionals. In this seminar, we will delve into the intricacies of this financial landscape, equipping you with the knowledge and strategies to navigate ATO arrears when raising capital.

This episode featured guest expert panel:

In this episode, we covered:

  • ATO’s Approach and Stats:
    • ATO has become more active post-COVID, with a significant increase in tax debt.
    • Key tools include credit reporting and Director Penalty Notices (DPNs).
    • Tax debt has substantially increased, affecting small businesses the most.
  • Client Evaluation and Financing:
    • Evaluating clients’ overall financial picture beyond short-term debt.
    • Blended rates and diverse financing options are essential for managing debt effectively.
  • Corporate Restructuring:
    • Formal restructuring options to manage ATO and other debts.
    • Corporate restructuring primarily addresses unsecured debt, with equipment finance companies often being cooperative.
  • Negotiation Strategies with ATO:
    • Early engagement and proper engagement with the ATO are crucial.
    • Compliance with ATO’s legal practice statements is essential for favourable outcomes.

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