Purchasing a business – key issues

If you are thinking about purchasing a business, there are some of the key issues you will need to consider.

We will review these very briefly over the next couple of articles in the order they occur.

Conducting due diligence

Before purchasing a business, you should conduct due diligence to ensure that the business is a good investment. This may involve reviewing financial statements, conducting market research, and obtaining legal and financial advice.

Negotiate purchase agreement

Once you have decided to purchase the business, you will need to negotiate a purchase agreement with the seller. This agreement should outline the terms of the sale, including the purchase price, any conditions of the sale, and any warranties or guarantees.

Transfer ownership of the business

To transfer ownership of the business, you will need to complete a number of legal and administrative tasks, such as registering the transfer of ownership with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and notifying Queensland Revenue Office of any changes to the business structure.

Licenses and permits

Depending on the nature of the business, you may need to obtain certain licenses and permits from government authorities before you can operate the business.

Employment and taxation laws

If the business has employees, you will need to comply with employment laws, such as the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), and ensure that you are meeting your tax obligations, such as registering for goods and services tax (GST) and withholding tax from employee wages.

It’s important to note that the requirements for purchasing a business can vary depending on the nature of the business and the specific circumstances of the sale. It’s always a good idea to seek legal and financial advice to ensure that you are complying with all relevant laws and regulations.

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