Taking money out of the business

If you take money out of your company or use its money or assets for yourself or your family, it needs to be reported and you must keep appropriate records.

You can take money out of the company or use its assets for private purposes through:

  • salary, wages or director’s fees
  • dividends (a formal distribution of the profits)
  • a loan from the company 
  • a fringe benefit (for example, using a company asset like a company car).

There are different reporting and record-keeping requirements for each of these circumstances.

If you or another director earns personal services income (PSI) through your company, this may change how you take money from your business.

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