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7 simple ways to organize your receipts

Last updated: Jul. 9, 2021 
Does the thought of organizing your receipts fill you with dread? It can seem overwhelming to keep track of your receipts and record keeping on top of the demands of running your own business. It may not be at the top of your list, but if you’re self-employed or a small … Read more

What are the tax deadlines and why should I file on time?

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Last updated: Jun. 15, 2021 
Take note of the tax filing and payment deadlines for 2021 so you don’t end up paying interest or penalties on late filing or payments. Individual tax deadlines Individual tax returns are typically due April 30 each year. If you or your spouse or common-law partner carried on a business in … Read more

Canadian small business tax planning strategies

Last updated: Jun. 6, 2021 
For many Canadian entrepreneurs, there comes that lightbulb moment when they think of a breakthrough idea for a new product or service. While small business owners are passionate about their ideas and want to change the world, they often regret waiting too long to start their business, or come up with … Read more

You received your CRA Notice of Assessment. Now what?

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Last updated: Jun. 5, 2021 
After you file your tax return, you’ll be issued a Notice of Assessment (NOA) from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). We provide some tips below on what to look for when you receive your NOA, common discrepancies between your NOA and tax return and how to handle them. What is a … Read more

Benefits of incorporating a small business in Canada

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Last updated: Jun. 3, 2021 
When it comes to tax planning for Canadian small business owners, it might make sense to incorporate your business. As a Canadian business owner, you should be looking for ways to minimize your tax burden and maximize your after-tax income. Incorporating a business can do just that. The primary tax … Read more

Does your incorporated business have a minute book?

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Last updated: May. 29, 2021  Keeping a minute book is a legal requirement for all Canadian incorporated businesses. It is used to fulfill the requirements of the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) by documenting the corporation’s activities. Minute books can be subject to government review to ensure your business is in compliance. What is a … Read more

Choosing the right business structure

Last updated: May. 29, 2021  Congratulations! You’ve decided to start your own business. There’s probably a million different things running through your head right now. And before you order business cards and a World’s Best Boss mug for your desk, you’ll have to give some thought to business structure. Sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations are … Read more

Salary or dividends: Which one is right for me?

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Last updated: May. 29, 2021  There are 3 ways to take money out of a corporation: Through a shareholder loan (must be repaid) Through dividends By paying yourself a salary As a business owner/manager, you can pay yourself a salary, dividends, or do a mix of both. The method you use to pay yourself personally … Read more

Do corporate loans count as taxable income?

Last updated: May. 29, 2021  When shareholders or employees borrow money from a corporation, that money is generally considered taxable income. But this rule, like many CRA rules, has exceptions. Many shareholders and employees borrow funds from their corporations for a number of different reasons or end-uses. Unfortunately, many end up with significant taxes owing … Read more