Sound, timely data is the source of all good business decisions. Keeping your books in pristine order helps you grow your business knowing exactly where you stand with suppliers, customers and your tax obligations. Finding the time to do this task and do it well, takes you away from your company and passion. Have you got receipts and invoices in boxes waiting for a moment to be filed? We can take your raw numbers and create the kind of financial instruments you can use.
Some of the tools you need:
- Budget figures
- Financial Statements including balance sheets and income statements
- Management Reports
- Proposals including job costing
- Financial Analyses
- Cash flow management
- Year End Reports
- Audit Preparation
- Taxation documents
Businesses are required to file taxes in a timely manner with the Canada Revenue Agency. Penalties for late filing can be avoided by having your books in order and your tax obligations clearly established. Not only can we prepare your tax filings but also handle communications if required directly with the CRA.
The well-trained and professional bookkeepers at Sheppard Accounting can help you maintain the kind of records you need either in person or in the Cloud. We can customize the process with which we work with your company to handle digital or paper records. Our full-range services include Bookkeeping, setting up Accounting systems for new businesses and all Financial Statements. Your business financial information is in good hands with Sheppard Accounting.
Accounting & Bookkeeping Tips
If you operate a business, you must keep 7 years of bank statements either in paper or digital format. You have to reproduce them in a tax audit, and You will be required to give all of your personal ones as well. Printouts of the account are not enough. The statements are required as they provide more details and cancelled cheques with them. If you can’t produce them CRA will get them from the banks at your cost. Keeping good copies is much easier and is a necessity to complete high-quality books.
As the year is almost over don’t forget to take the odometer reading on your business vehicle and count your inventory if you carry stock for resale. Both are critical numbers for your taxes so do it no later than December 31. Happy New Year and best wishes for a successful year!
If you only have one client and only do work for the one client, you may be labeled as a “Personal Services Business”. This means that you are deemed as an incorporated employee and will not be entitled to the Small Business Deduction which is 10%. This results in your tax rate being 25% instead of the regular 15% that you may be paying currently. If you are in this situation, we should talk to make sure you know how to protect yourself as CRA is becoming more aggressive on the implementation of this regulation.
If you run a business, you MUST register for HST when your sales hit $30,000 in any twelve running months. CRA will charge you HST on the first dollar after that even if you didn’t collect it. If you file your Income Tax return and show sales over the threshold you can expect them to be in touch and bill you for the HST you should have collected. We can show you all about it, so set up an appointment today!nnhttps://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/forms-publications/publications/rc4022/general-information-gst-hst-registrants.html
If you have a small business using the internet like accommodation sharing: renting out homes, rooms, cottages, transportation: ride-sharing, rentals of bikes, boats, space rentals: gardens, desks, workspaces, laboratories, making and selling goods: household goods, jewelry, beauty products, food, meals, providing services: esthetics services, animal care, freelance professional expertise all count as Income Sources for taxes and must be declared. You can deduct offsetting expenses to operate and make your products so you must keep records. These are all handled the same as a brick and mortar business and have all the same tax implications. We can help you sort through the challenge and make it easy for you. Make an appointment to meet with its today!
As a small business owner, there are so incredibly many things to stay on top of. It’s a full-time job to stay in line with some of these regulations. Make sure you look this one over! https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/small_business/small-business-toolkit.pdf?mc_cid=d48d84441e&mc_eid=fc69092216
Self-employed people pay CPP based on net profit when you file your taxes. When you get your income tax return look at page 4 to see the CPP. Self-employed people pay their own portion and the employer portion. The total tax may include up to $5,000 in Canada Pension.