How two business owners paid off $40K ATO debt through refinancing

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How two business owners paid off $40K ATO debt through refinancing

by Neil Carstairs 01 May 2017 1 minute read

Promoted by Mortgage Corp

Mortgage Corp refinanced a Brighton business owner’s home loan to pay off his $40,000 tax debt  (despite the Big 4 banks telling him it wasn’t possible). We also managed to reduce his existing home loan rate for a total saving of approx. $15,000 a year.

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May 01, 2017

Client Overview

Client: John and Cindy, clients of Mortgage Corp since 2013 (referred to us through a friend)

Marital status: married with 2 children


Income: $160k combined plus business profits

Occupation: self-employed in retail business

Suburb of home: BrightonBrighton, SA Brighton, VIC Brighton, TAS Brighton, QLD, 3186 Victoria

Objective: tax debt help: find cash to pay $40,000 in ATO Tax debt owing in their business without having to resort to high interest rate debt

Results: paid off the ATO Tax debt through refinancing his home loan and managed to reduce his loan repayments. We also helped them set up a business trading facility that allowed them to improve their business cash flow, paying only home loan interest rates. Total saving approx. $15,000 a year.


John was a small business owner with a retail shop in Brighton, Victoria.  He had been running his business successfully for a number of years, however he owed the ATO about $40,000 in relation to unpaid taxes.

John had already organised a payment plan with the ATO to pay down the tax debt however he was keen to clear off the debt as soon as possible and get his monthly cash flow back on track.

John also had an existing loan of just under $1 million on his property in Brighton.  This was a split facility with personal and business debts at residential lending rates.  He was looking at refinancing this loan in order to pay down the debt – however the big 4 banks were saying conflicting things including that he would have to refinance at a higher business rate instead to clear the tax debt. One of his friends (a happy Mortgage Corp client) suggested him to call Mortgage Corp.  

The Challenges

The Big 4 banks that John had gone to see had suggested to him that he would not be able to refinance his home loan in order to pay off his ATO tax debts as this was for a business purpose.  They recommended that he speak to a business banker and get a business loan.

We’ve noticed that many small business owners, in order to improve their cash flow,  often borrow at high rates under business loans such as an overdraft facility or even business credit cards (which can go to 18-21% per annum).  This was a situation John wanted to avoid.


  • Refinance his existing residential home loan in order to pay off his tax debt
  • Free up cash flow to run his business (e.g. buy stock, pay salaries) going forward

The Solution

Whilst many of the Big 4 banks have policies which restrict refinancing of home loans for business purposes, we were able to refinance John’s home loan to pay off the ATO tax debt through our extensive knowledge of other lenders’ policies.

Not only that, we managed to go a step further and reduce his repayments on his home loan, even after consolidating his ATO tax debt, by getting a better deal on his entire loan.  We reduced his interest rate by 0.65% resulting in savings of about $250-$300 a month.

To assist with his future cash flow planning, we also split his loan up in three:

  • the home loan;
  • his ATO tax debt; and
  • set up a new business trading facility.

This new business trading facility would act as a line of credit against his home loan to allow him to buy stock, pay salaries, future ATO tax liabilities and other ongoing running costs. In other words, rather than borrowing at an overdraft rate or a business rate, going forward he would be able to borrow at a residential home loan rate and his only repayment would be the interest based on what he spent out of that line of credit. He was then able to top this up with ongoing business cash flow and reduce his repayments.

This was able to be achieved as he had sufficient equity in his home in Brighton – a suburb which had seen good capital growth in 2016 of 23%.

Having the new business trading facility meant John was able to buy more stock now using the extra funds, and then pay it down when he sold that stock.  Because he was buying stock in greater quantities, he was able to achieve better bulk/wholesale prices from suppliers thereby also increasing his profit margins in his retail business.


  • Paid off outstanding ATO tax debt without having to resort to high interest rate business loans
  • Consolidated loans and refinanced to a lower rate, saving approx. $1,250 per month in interest
  • Reduced John’s monthly cashflow stress through setting up a business trading facility at home loan rates – meaning better profit margins

Note: for privacy reasons, names used in this case study are not real client names.

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