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Should personal guarantees be recorded on personal financial statements?

Posted by Pete Faulkner on Oct 25, 2018 6:33:42 PM

International accounting standards suggest that business accounts should record guarantees based on the following conditions:

  • Guarantees are treated as provisions if a call is likely (typically numerous similar guarantees treated as a group)

  • Guarantees are treated as a contingent liability and not recorded in main accounts if a call is not likely (typically one-off guarantees)

But what about personal financial statements?

There is no set rule, however, if a director is required to provide a personal financial statement for a lender (to help support a business loan) a personal guarantee is surely a material fact that the lender would expect to be included as a potential future liability. After all they may also be asking the director to sign another guarantee.

If a personal financial statement is prepared by an individual or their wealth manager for the individual then of course a personal guarantee must be noted as a potential liability. The calling in of the guarantee may have a dramatic impact on their future planning and so must be considered in wealth management/financial planning.

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What wealth managers will not always know is that personal guarantees, provided by directors to support business loans, can now be insured against being called in.

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So when wealth managers and financial advisers are advising their company director clients, knowledge of the director’s personal guarantees must be an important element of the discovery process. 

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