Purpose: As an alternative to leasing or hire purchase, a Chattel
Mortgage or Bill of Sales arrangement is a fixed interest rate loan with
security provided by a mortgage over the relevant equipment/vehicle etc. This solution
is particularly favorable for those businesses that wish to retain the
equipment at the end of the term and account for GST on a cash basis. A Chattel
Mortgage, unlike a lease or Hire Purchase Agreement, gives you immediate
ownership of the asset from the beginning of the loan. Apart from mortgage
stamp duty, the contract or repayments do not attract GST or stamp duty.
Term: The term of finance agreement can be from 1 - 5 years.
Deposits: Deposits are optional. You may, however, choose to trade in
an old vehicle or put in a deposit to reduce the amount to be financed, thereby
reducing your monthly payments.
Residual/Balloon: You can choose to have a balloon payment as the
last payment of your finance agreement, but it also can be the first month's
payment. This balloon payment is between 10% - 40% of the cost price. A balloon
payment allows for lower monthly payments and leaves you with more working
capital to run your business.
Ownership: Ownership remains with you throughout the term of the
loan. Similarly to a consumer loan however, the vehicle is mortgaged to the
finance company. The mortgage is discharged after the final payment has been made
and you retain the equipment.
Accounting Benefits: You can elect to pay the GST portion of the
invoice price from working capital or fund it as part of the loan amount (the
loan can be structured so that when the income tax credit is received, from your
next BAS lodgment, it is repaid off the loan to reduce the debt). The interest
components of all repayments are fully tax deductible provided goods are used
100% for business purposes. The depreciation on the goods is fully tax
A Chattel Mortgage attracts added upfront fees and varies between the
different finance companies.
The Equipment loans market is very competitive. If you
have any questions that we can help you with, please call at any time on 1300
79 63 69 or click on the Make an Obligation Free Enquiry link below and one of
our experienced consultants will be in touch with you within 24 hours.