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Paul R.
Paul R.
Orange, NSW

Hi. i am buying a small business. Is is best tax wise , to get a business loan,or pay cash for the business , and get a loan for the vehicle required so i can claim depreciation?

7 years ago


Hi Paul

Firstly congratulations on your decision to buy a business and all the best of luck with the venture. There are so many things in play when it comes to your question but I will keep it simple.

You would be able to claim the depreciation for a business vehicle irrespective of it being purchased outright or via finance.

If you have the funds its always best to buy a business outright as interest on the loan is claimable but to claim the interest you have to pay the interest. So why pay the interest when you have the funds to buy the business outright.

Loan for business vs loan for motor vehicle - This decision would depend on the interest rate for the finance. Whichever mode of finance gives you the lowest rate should be used.

Hope this helpd

7 years ago

Thanks Suresh, let me throw this into the mix.. So the business is lets say $ 130.000. I have a mortgage of $270.000 (house value is $540.000. I have savings of $200.000..What is best to do with my savings ? put it on the mortgage, or buy the business.. Or invest elsewhere..


I am not a financial planner so I can't advise where to invest and where not to invest. For your situation specific guidance you should talk to a financial planner.

Having said that, if I was in your position, I would do the following:
1. Pay off as much as possible in the mortgage as that debt is not tax deductible
2. Borrow to buy the business as the interest would be tax deductible given you borrow the funds and invest them in your business

Again I am neither a financial broker nor a financial planner so this is general advice only and you should consult a financial planner for any investment advice specific to your particular situation.

Hi from a business perspective I would suggest you think about the cash flow for the business you are buying. Is there sufficient income from the business to look after the cash flow for at least 12 months or will you need to top up with your own money. In that case then it might be better to get a business loan. I would also suggest that you fully understand their business so that you can minimise the risk of financial surprises.

If you are considering getting finance then you can get loans that will allow you to use your residence as security and therefore you get business finance at home loan rates. also the interest on the loan would be tax deductible as it is for investment purposes.

all the best.

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