Funding For Instant Asset Write-Off Purchases

Changes to Instant Asset Write-Off threshold announced by Morrison governmentIn March, the federal government announced a fivefold increase to the Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) threshold to $150,000 and extended to businesses with annual turnover of up to $500 million, from $50 million. Businesses have until June 30 to take advantage of the higher threshold. New equipment, computer hardware, office fit-outs and furniture, and vehicles are among the assets potentially eligible for the write-off.

The instant asset write-off was first introduced in 2015 and has been extended every year. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, ‘in 2017-18, more than 360,000 businesses claimed deductions worth over $4 billion under the scheme.’

This much needed cash injection will help to keep businesses afloat however, the increased and expanded measure will only run until 30 June 2020, before reverting to its legislated $1,000 threshold and reduced eligibility to small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million. While the write-off had been extended on a yearly basis in previous budgets, the postponement of this year’s budget to October has raised uncertainty over the future of the incentive, although Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared that tax measures to encourage investment will be part of his JobMaker plan.

The short turnaround for accessing the higher threshold will have many businesses scrambling to get the cash together to make eligible purchases before the June 30 deadline. However, banks have been placing rigorous lending policies in place which make it difficult for businesses to access funding. In addition, banks have been inundated by finance applications which means the chance of receiving the funding to make purchases before the end of the month is becoming very unlikely.

Private lenders may be the saviour for small businesses in this period. Last month we published the article ‘The Role of Private Lenders During the Coronavirus Crisis’ in which we talked about how lenders like Private Mortgages Australia can assist businesses with short-term loans to tide them over until they can get back on their feet. This also applies for funding of instant asset write-off purchases.

If a business needs funding to purchase equipment, vehicles or any other business related asset then a private lender may be able to provide the finance within a matter of days rather than having to wait weeks to see if the banks will approve an application. Because private loans are secured by property, private lenders don’t need to assess the businesses serviceability. Therefore, if the businesses cash flow has been impacted by Coronavirus this won’t play a part in the way the businesses application is assessed. If the borrower has a genuine business purpose, sufficient equity in a property and a realistic exit strategy then they are likely to be approved for a loan. Another benefit of a short-term loan is that the interest payable on the loan is also tax deductible.

 

For businesses looking to take advantage of the increased threshold for the Instant Asset Write-Off scheme a short-term loan may be a great option, however we encourage all businesses to obtain their own taxation advice as individual circumstances have not been take into account in this article and should not be considered advice.

 

For further information about how we can assist you or your clients then please get in touch with General Manager – Relationships, Shanta Lobo on [email protected] or 1300 856 683.

What exactly is a private mortgage?

What exactly is a private mortgage?Originally posted on Mortgage Professional Australia

There seems to be some confusion with brokers about what a private mortgage actually is; so let me set the record straight.

I can understand why there is some misunderstanding with this as the lines can become a little blurred between non-bank, low doc, non-conforming and a mortgage fund.

A private mortgage is quite literally that, a mortgage that is funded via an individual, not a bank or an institution. Private mortgage lending dates back to roman times and is very similar now as it was then, with one-person lending money to another, in other words peer to peer.

In the past many legal firms facilitated private mortgages as they would often have high net worth clients wanting to invest their money, and other clients who wanted to borrow.

While not as many as in the past, there are still a number of legal firms offering private mortgages. It is however more challenging for them now as they are no longer able to act for both the investor and the borrower; this is considered a conflict of interest.

Some brokers call a private mortgage an “asset lend”. This is due to the fact that in the past many private loans would really only focus on the value of the asset being offered as security and while the borrower’s financial situation was noted, it was more to do with the asset than the borrower.

Times have changed and while the asset is still the primary consideration, the client’s financial position and their ability to service and repay the loan are more relevant than in the past. Having said that, paperwork and requirements are still minimal when compared to mainstream loans.

The best way to describe a private mortgage is as a sensible asset lend, meaning relevant questions about the borrower will be asked but there won’t be endless, and often irrelevant, requests for information and documents which often seems to be the case with the banks at the moment.

For the most part private mortgages are non-code, meaning they’re not designed for mums and dads to buy a house. They are typically commercial transactions such as for a business person wanting to raise capital, or a developer wanting to purchase or raise funds on a site. The key is business purpose which is good, as these are just the kind of loans the banks seem to have the most trouble with at the moment and is why private mortgages have become very relevant for brokers.

Private mortgages are typically short term, 12 to 24 months and are designed to provide a fast no fuss solution for a borrower seeking business related capital. For this reason, the borrowers exit strategy is important. This will often be the sale of an asset or a refinance with a mainstream lender following the loan term.

We are often asked if a private mortgage is safe for the borrower, an odd question really when they are the one that is being lent the money. Perhaps this is because some people think private mortgages come from the underworld and non-payment will result in a visit from thug on a Harley Davidson.

This is far from the truth as private mortgage investors are typically professional business people and the loans are documented via a registered mortgage that is prepared by solicitors. The security documents a borrower will sign are much the same as those a bank would produce.

Even though most private mortgages fall outside the code, if a loan does go into default, standard recovery action would be applied. Borrowers can take comfort in the fact they have the same protections with a private mortgage as any other non-code commercial loan.

While not the answer to every loan problem, a private mortgage can be a great way of securing business finance for a client when the banks have either said no, are asking way too many questions, or if quick settlement is needed.

If you haven’t already, align yourself with a good private mortgage provider as this will ultimately mean more options and more options mean more settlements which can only be a good thing for you and your clients.