Am I Responsible For the Debt of My Business?

Understanding Business Debt Responsibility: Am I Accountable?

A pressing question often asked by business owners is, “Am I Responsible For the Debt of My Business?” The answer to this question, however, is not straightforward and varies depending on the structure of your business, the type of debts incurred, and your role in the company.

Types of Business Structures and Debt Responsibility

1. Corporations and Debt Responsibility

If you have chosen to run your business as an incorporated entity, certain obligations might still fall on you personally, especially when it comes to debt. Here are the three common scenarios:


Guaranteed Debts: In most cases, shareholders are required to provide personal guarantees for specific debts. This often applies to bank loans, mortgages, equipment or vehicle financing or leases, and certain suppliers may also require personal guarantees.

Director’s Liabilities: As a director of a corporation, you might be personally liable for some debts. These often include unremitted payroll deductions, HST, penalties, and interest. Directors may also be accountable for environmental damages caused by the company. However, corporate income taxes are not a personal obligation of the directors.

Unpaid Wages: The responsibility for unpaid wages can also fall on the director, depending on the province where the corporation is registered.


2. Sole Proprietorships and Debt Responsibility

In the case of a sole proprietorship, you are personally responsible for all the business debts.

3. Partnerships and Debt Responsibility

If you are part of a partnership, both you and your business partner are jointly accountable for all the debts of the partnership, not just your own portion.

Dealing with Business and Personal Debts

Business owners frequently require debt solution options that address both personal and business debts. It’s impossible to manage one without handling the other. Therefore, consulting with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee experienced in business-related debts is highly recommended.

Choosing the Right Insolvency Practitioner

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