When can you become personally liable for a business debt?

The purpose of having a company is to separate liability from the company and its directors. However, in certain circumstances a company director can personally become liable for a business debt, if the director has done one of the following:

  • signed a personal guarantee to secure payment of a business debt;
  • incurred a debt knowing the company was insolvent; or
  • failed to comply with a Directors’ Penalty Notice issued by the Tax Office demand within time.

If a company director has become personally liable for a business debt and cannot pay that debt, the director may need to consider personal bankruptcy.

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