“We are seeing many quality businesses with ATO debt that banks usually won’t approve, especially as a new customer. Our focus is to develop a relationship with these businesses and build a strategy to achieve the best financing arrangements available to them.”
One of the most common strategies is investing in commercial property. Mr Flack said he has seen a growing number of SMEs choosing to acquire their business premises.
“Rather than paying a landlord an exorbitant amount in rent, a business can put a 20% deposit down on a commercial property,” he said.
“Also, commercial mortgages can now be repaid over 30-year terms, just like a home loan.”
Mr Flack said accountants have a key role to play in this increasingly popular strategy to ensure it is tax-effective for businesses.