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Section 254T Corporations Act 2001
Circumstances in Which a Dividend May be Paid

Section 254T of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is ‘Circumstances in Which a Dividend May be Paid’ and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 254T of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is Circumstances in Which a Dividend May be Paid and reads as follows:

Circumstances in Which a Dividend May be Paid

(1) A company must not pay a dividend unless:

(a) the company’s assets exceed its liabilities immediately before the dividend is declared and the excess is sufficient for the payment of the dividend; and

(b) the payment of the dividend is fair and reasonable to the company’s shareholders as a whole; and

(c) the payment of the dividend does not materially prejudice the company’s ability to pay its creditors.

Note 1:       As an example, the payment of a dividend would materially prejudice the company’s ability to pay its creditors if the company would become insolvent as a result of the payment.

Note 2:       For a director’s duty to prevent insolvent trading on payment of dividends, see section 588G.

(2) Assets and liabilities are to be calculated for the purposes of this section in accordance with accounting standards in force at the relevant time (even if the standard does not otherwise apply to the financial year of some or all of the companies concerned).

The penalties                                                                                                              

The maximum penalty for the offence of Circumstances in Which a Dividend May be Paid is:

2 years imprisonment.

However, it should be kept in mind that maximum penalties are reserved for the most serious cases.

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Our criminal law specialists will take the time in every case to carefully scrutinise all the evidence in order to identify problems with the prosecution case at an early stage in the proceedings.

Where issues are found, our lawyers will write to the prosecution asking to have the charges dropped on this basis – often sparing our clients the considerable time and expense associated with defended hearings.

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