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If you’ve received a Director Penalty Notice you must act now to protect yourself from personal liability.

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There are Two Types of DPN

Director Penalty Notices can be confusing!


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21 Day DPN

A “DPN” may give you 21 days to take specific actions – do nothing and you are personally liable for some of the tax debt of the company.

So what? A director will need to take action to save the business of the company and to avoid personal liability

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Lockdown DPN

There is a “lockdown DPN” which means you are already personally liable for some of the tax debt of the company

So what? A director should still take action to save the business and ensure no further personal liability.

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21 Day and Lockdown DPN

OR” You may get both in one letter

Confused? Yes the Notices are very confusing. Check out our Graphic to get a better understanding of a DPN

So, what does “Personal Liability” mean?

If a company has a tax debt then it is just that – a debt due by the company and not the director’s personal debt. But if some of that debt is for staff PAYG deductions or Superannuation then the ATO can make those amounts the director’s personal debt.

The ATO makes a director liable by simply sending a Notice by mail – no Court action or Lawyers are required!

Does that mean your house is potentially on the line – yes!

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DPN Solutions Provides Free Advice

How does DPN Solutions provide the advice


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At DPN Solutions, we specialise in providing fast, easy and professional advice to directors who have received a DPN or who have a company facing financial difficulties. That can take 5 minutes or continue as long as you like.

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We are happy to meet with you if you want, but there is usually no need.

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You are dealing with a firm of highly experienced experts, with professional qualifications including Chartered Accountants, Registered Tax Agents, Registered Liquidators, Members of Australian Restructuring & Turnaround Association and Turnaround Management Association.

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You are NOT dealing with unqualified “pre-insolvency advisors” (you may have read about them in the media).

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Our Solutions

What sort of solutions are there?

There are a number of actions that can be taken to either avoid the personal liability or reduce its impact.

But the opposite is also true – if you do nothing then you will become personally liable for the tax debt.



Options include:
ATO Negotiations; Restructure the company; Use Safe Harbour legislation; Asset Protection strategies.

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Voluntary Administration

Saving your company and avoiding personal liability through a Voluntary Administration.



Sometimes it is better
to liquidate the company.


Payment Arrangement

Organise a Payment Arrangement for the Company with the ATO – there are some tricks to this option so caution is needed


Our professional memberships

DPN Solutions is a fully accredited Chartered Accounting firm. We have in-house experts who are Registered Tax Agents with the ATO.

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Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

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ATO Registered Tax Agents

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Turnaround Management

Members in-house

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Association of Independent
Insolvency Practitioners

Board Member in-house

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Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association

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Why Choose Us?

Expert advice from fully qualified advisors


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We specialise in providing advice to small and medium size companies and directors of those companies.

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Over each of the last 8 years we have provided advice to over 800 directors – we have the experience and industry knowledge to know the best way forward.

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In around 50% of calls we receive from directors, we are able to provide free advice over the phone that gives the director a specific way forward – that is we are not there to sell our services – we provide genuine advice for the situation.

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If we do recommend you use our services we will be clear on what that will cost you – in most cases we’ll provide a specific fixed quote so you know what it will cost, what we will do for you and what will be the potential savings to a director and their company.

Contact Us

Tax law can be a complex area and circumstances vary, so we recommend a telephone call for your initial consultation. We will then gladly meet you or just confirm our advice and quote in writing.

Please either give us a call or submit the form and we will get back to you.

1300 985 157