Overdrawn directors loan account (DLA)
If a director of a company (or close family member), takes money from the company that is not salary, dividend or an expenses repayment it is very important to keep clear records of what money has been borrowed from or paid into the company. These records are known as a Directors Loan Account or DLA
An overdrawn DLA happens when a director takes out more money than they have put in. These overdrawn amounts are recorded on the balance sheet as a company asset until it is fully re-paid.
If your company is struggling financially and you have an Overdrawn Directors Loan Account, this could become a personal issue for you. Even if your company writes off your DLA.
If a company goes into liquidation, a liquidator would be appointed. It would be the liquidators duty to raise as much money as possible, by liquidating the company assets, in order to pay back the companies debts. If you have an overdrawn Directors Loan Account the liquidator would look for repayment.
What should I do if my company is struggling financially?
If your company is in financial distress and is found insolvent, you should seek professional guidance as soon as you can. Situations like this could lead to your own bankruptcy if you cannot pay back your DLA.
Turpin Barker Armstrong offer an initial free consultation with no obligation. We pride ourselves on giving clear professional advice. Situations like this can be complex, so the sooner you get advice the better.