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I often come across owners of two separate companies that are making loans due to cash flow issues.  My question is how to handle it when these loans can't be repaid because the company being loaned the money never generates enough income.  Is there income to recognized, can these balances be written off, if so how.  Any advice on this situation would be greatly appreciated.

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There is really no one answer to your question.  It depends on the circumstances, since it is considered a related party loan.  If it can be demonstrated that the loans were for a legitimate business purpose, the default may result in income to the defaulting company and a loss to the lending company.

If a legitimate business purpose cannot be shown neither income nor a deduction is allowed.

Bottom line, it all depends on the circumstances and what you can prove.

Hope this helps.

John Stancil, CPA

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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