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Frequently Asked Questions about Corporate Insolvency

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This is the most common question asked but the reality is that being charged with insolvent trading is rare. It is a complicated and costly action for a liquidator to pursue and there needs to be strong evidence of insolvent trading.

The best course of action is to get on the front foot early and get professional advice. Your focus should not be on whether you will be charged for insolvent trading, but rather on how to regain financial control and stability. Read More

If you have been served with a statutory demand, you have 21 days to act. Your main options are:

  • Pay the debt
  • Have the statutory demand set aside
  • Go into a payment plan to pay the debt
  • Do not pay the debt

Failure to pay the debt could lead to a Wind-Up notice. Those who are unsure of what to do should contact Australian Debt Solvers for a free consultation.

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A 21-day Director Penalty Notice gives you 21 days to act. This is regarding any outstanding PAYG or Superannuation Guarantee Charge debts. It is important to note that the 21-day period starts from the date on the notice and not from the day that you receive it. A failure to pay the notice could result in the company being placed in liquidation or voluntary administration. A Director Penalty Notice should not be disregarded or taken lightly. Directors should also be aware that payment arrangements can always be made with the ATO.

YES. Director Penalty Notice legislation outlines the way in which directors are made personally liable for company tax debts. This includes any of the company’s unpaid superannuation. Directors should be both aware and informed of their rights and obligations.

There are various penalties and consequences for insolvent trading. They include:

  • Civil penalties up to $200,000
  • Compensation proceedings for amounts lost by creditors. Can be initiated by ASIC, liquidator, or creditor
  • Criminal charges: fines up to 2,000 penalty units ($444,000 on or after July 2020) and up to 5 years imprisonment.

Read about the 5 main things about director penalty notices.

If you are trading insolvent or approaching insolvency, the following may apply:

  • Voluntary administration: Liquidation can be avoided if you act quickly. Professional help and guidance from an external administration may save your company.
  • Restructure and turnaround: A business restructure can help return your company to profitability or help capitalise on existing opportunities.
  • Receivership: Being placed in receivership may provide a company with the best prospects of repaying outstanding debts to creditors.
  • Liquidation: If a company is trading insolvent and the prospects of a turnaround are not viable, it is time to liquidate.

To find out the most appropriate course of action for your company, contact us today for a Free Consultation.

The government has made changes to insolvency laws to help small businesses. This includes creating a Simplified Liquidation and Small Business Restructure process. These have been specifically designed for small businesses who have liabilities of less than $1 million. Find out if you are eligible.

Indicators of insolvency can be seen across a number of key business areas including assets, liabilities, equity and reporting. They may include, and are not limited to, any of the following:


  • Company debts outweigh assets.
  • Assets have been sold off.
  • Liquidity ratio below 1 – insufficient current assets to meet current liabilities when payable.


  • Payments to creditors that are not reconcilable.
  • Special arrangements and payment plans with creditors.
  • Unpaid creditors.


  • Overdue taxes.
  • Inability to create accurate reports and make reliable forecasts.


  • No access to alternative finance.
  • Inability to raise further equity capital.
  • Unable to borrow further funds from current bank.

Read out Insolvency Guide for further information.

This can be a complicated answer and one that depends on several factors. The response will depend on whether you are a director, individual business owner, creditor, investor, shareholder, or employee. The same applies for the best course of action.

Our complete Guide to Business Liquidation covers all critical areas and parties involved.

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