(Reposted here from Company Taxation)
Our small Ltd has been severely buffeted by the oil price crash and we are really just clinging on in terms of cash flow.
We had a rather large director's loan (£44,000) at end last year which we repaid in full near the beginning of this business year and also paid interest on it to avoid BIK.
Unfortunately despite my best efforts to screw down domestic spending we will end this year having taken another smaller loan from the Ltd of around £25,000. We had another large rate cut mid year which has meant that we could not repay the new loan from profits as expected. The new loan was taken around 6 months AFTER the old one was repaid and we had no original intention of taking any further loans having repaid the £44k.
So our year end in March will look something like this;
Invoices to be paid £5000
In Bank -£3,000
Corp Tax £18,000
Cutting it fine I'm sure you'll agree! However due to drastic cuts in business expenses, and a very much reduced requirement personally from dividends, we will start to see a fairly sharp improvement in cash flow from April and would hope to see current loan completely repaid with no new loans next year.
My query is this - as professionals do you look at this and think "Tax investigation! They're a disaster!" or does it look quite standard for small businesses? We have nothing to hide, have good accountant etc but it's just the stress I couldn't take on top of being so worried about the business and also suffering ill health.
With thanks for reading.