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Tax Liability on Director's Loan?

  • 04-04-2024 10:38am
    Registered Users Posts: 462 ✭✭


    I bought equity in the company I work for for 100k.

    I had to set up a holding company to which my dividends are transferred.

    When paying the 100k, I transferred 100k from my personal a/c to the holding company and then from the holding company to the company I bought in to, marked as a director's loan.

    I received a dividend of 20k and transferred it into the holding company where it is sitting now. Can I transfer this directly to my personal account as part repayment of the director's loan without paying tax or do I have some form of tax liability on this?

    Thank you


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,406 ✭✭✭Gloomtastic!

    If it’s a dividend and not a repayment, I would suggest tax is payable. This is probably one for your accountant.

  • Registered Users Posts: 937 ✭✭✭JVince

    The holding company would pay tax on the dividends.

    But no issue if you want to reduce the loan.

    The issue will be if dividends continue to be paid and you then withdraw them after the loan is reduced to zero, you will be paying personal tax on that income and the holding company would have paid tax on dividends too.

    Definitely one for an accountant. Ideally it would have been done before you transferred the funds to ensure the agreements were correct

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,732 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa

    Dividends from one Irish company to another are exempt from tax, so there may be no tax payable

    You can transfer the whole €20k to your personal account and there is no issues when it comes to tax. Your directors loan account will reduce to €80k owed to you. If you were to overdraw the loan account there would be issues where tax would be payable

  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭ismat

    That is not correct. The company would be subject to 20% close company surcharge if it does not pay the dividends received back out as dividends

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,732 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa

    Per section 4 of the below TDM on the close company surcharge, "The income of a company for an accounting period shall be the income for the accounting period, computed in accordance with the Corporation Tax Acts, exclusive of franked investment income"

    Per section 1 of the below TDM on franked investment income, "A distribution received from a company resident in the State is income for thepurposes of income tax……where the recipient is a company resident in the State, the company is not chargeable to income tax or corporation tax in respect of the distribution, but the distribution forms part of the franked investment income of the company. Franked investment income is not within the charge to corporation tax"

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  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭ismat

    it’s not subject to corporation tax but Fii is subject to close company surcharge

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,732 ✭✭✭SureYWouldntYa

    You're wrong with that statement, franked investment income is not liable to the surcharge

    Check section 8 on page 9 of the TDM for the close company surcharge i referenced above, you will see in step 1 that the FII is specifically not included in the calculation of income subject to the surcharge

  • Registered Users Posts: 168 ✭✭ismat

    you need to read that example again if you think the FII is not included in the calculation. It clearly is included in the calculation.

  • Registered Users Posts: 462 ✭✭WhyTheFace

    Thank you for all your comments and advice.

    Could I transfer that back to the company account that sent it, make a note that it was sent to my holding company in error and then have it re-sent to my personal account to reduce my director's loan?