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Getting Profits out of Your Business after it's been sold

Extracting profits from your business efficiently and tax-effectively is crucial for both reinvestment and personal wealth building.


HelloLedger provides expert guidance on the best practices and strategies to withdraw profits from your business, ensuring compliance with tax laws and optimising your financial returns.

Extracting profits from a business involves more than just drawing a salary; it includes dividends, bonuses, and other forms of profit distribution.


Each method has its own tax implications and benefits, making it important to choose the strategy that best aligns with your business structure and personal financial goals.

HelloLedger’s experts are proficient in advising on the best practices for profit extraction tailored to the specifics of your business and personal financial circumstances.


We consider all aspects, including tax implications, business goals, and compliance requirements.


If you’re looking to optimise the way you extract profits from your business, contact HelloLedger to schedule a consultation.


Our tailored advice helps you navigate complex tax laws and extract profits in the most beneficial way.

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Key Aspects of Profit Extraction

There are a number of ways to extract profit from your business, depending on your business structure. For private companies, the most common options are:

Salary and Wages

Paying yourself a salary or wages that reflects the market rate for the work you perform in your business. This method is straightforward but subject to personal income tax rates.

Dividend Distributions

Issuing dividends from retained earnings, which can be an efficient way to distribute profits if your business operates as a company. Dividends can come with a franking credit that can offset your personal tax liabilities.

Directors’ Fees

Compensation for directors, which is declared and taxed separately from salaries and wages. This is applicable if you are acting as a director of a company.

Loan Agreements

Extracting money through formal loan agreements between you and your business. These need to be legally compliant to avoid being reclassified as dividends.

Trust Distributions

If your business operates through a trust, profits can be distributed to beneficiaries (including yourself) in a tax-efficient manner, depending on the trust’s structure and the beneficiaries’ tax situations.

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Why Strategic Profit Extraction is Important?

Choosing the right method for extracting profits from your business is essential to minimise tax liabilities and maximise cash flow.


Effective strategies support sustainable business growth and personal wealth maximisation

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Getting Profits Out of Your Business FAQs

  • What are the most common ways to extract profits from my business?

  • Common methods include paying yourself a salary or wages, distributing dividends if your business is a corporation, drawing directors’ fees, using loan agreements, or making trust distributions. Each method has specific tax implications and compliance requirements.

  • What are the tax implications of paying dividends?

  • Dividends paid from company profits are typically subject to dividend taxation at the shareholder level but may come with franking credits. These credits can offset the tax payable by the recipient, depending on their marginal tax rate and the level of franking.

  • Can I loan money to myself from my business?

  • Yes, you can loan money to yourself from your business, but it must be done under a formal loan agreement that complies with the ATO’s requirements, including charging a market rate of interest. Without proper documentation, the loan may be reclassified as dividends.

  • How can extracting profits affect my business's growth?

  • Extracting too much profit can deplete the resources needed for reinvestment and growth. It’s crucial to balance profit extraction with the need to reinvest in your business to support sustained growth and long-term viability.

  • How can I determine the best method to extract profits from my business?

  • The best method depends on your business structure, tax situation, and long-term financial goals. Consulting with a financial advisor or tax professional like HelloLedger can help you analyse your options and choose the most tax-efficient method.


  • Is there a tax advantage to paying myself a salary versus dividends?

  • Salaries are taxed as personal income, which might place you in a higher tax bracket depending on the amount. Dividends might be more tax-efficient, especially when franked, but don't attract superannuation contributions or workers compensation insurance, which are mandatory for salaries. The choice can significantly affect your overall tax liability and benefits.

  • What do I need to consider if extracting profits through trust distributions?

  • When using trust distributions, consider the tax profiles of all beneficiaries since distributions are usually taxed according to each beneficiary’s individual tax rate. Planning distributions strategically can minimise the overall tax burden on the distributed profits.

  • What is a franking credit and how does it affect dividend payments?

  • A franking credit is a tax credit attached to dividends that represents the tax the company has already paid on its profits. This credit can be used by shareholders to reduce their income tax liability on dividends received. Essentially, it prevents the double taxation of company profits.

  • Are there any legal restrictions on how profits can be extracted from a business?

  • Yes, legal restrictions depend on the business structure. For example, companies must comply with the Corporations Act, which includes solvency tests before making distributions like dividends. Sole proprietors and partnerships have fewer restrictions but must still ensure all financial actions are properly recorded and reported.

  • How do directors’ fees work, and who can receive them?

  • Directors’ fees are compensations paid to the directors of a company for their services. These are separate from salaries and wages and must be approved by the board of directors. Only individuals who are formally registered as directors can receive directors’ fees, and these payments are subject to personal income tax.

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