Top Questions Small Business Owners Ask

By | August 13th, 2020|Business, Taxes, Xero|

So, you’ve started a business—congratulations! You’re probably excited to set up shop and get your product or service out there, but . . . there are a lot of things to think about when you first start a business. It's easy to jump right in without giving it much thought, but some things are better considered when you’re just getting started.  Here are some of the top questions small business owners ask. Should I incorporate? When considering incorporation there are two main types of things to consider. You’ll want to think about the legal side as well as how incorporating can [...]

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Your Guide to Sales Taxes in Canada

By | June 14th, 2020|Accounting, Business, Taxes|

When you first start your business, you have no way of knowing the things you don't know. So it makes it easy to miss things. One thing that is commonly missed (or done incorrectly) by new business owners is sales taxes. Either business owners don't realize they should be charging sales tax, or they aren’t doing it correctly. If this is you, don’t worry! There are volumes and volumes of information written by federal and provincial governments about our sales taxes in Canada. They can get extremely complicated, and we recommend you consult with a professional who understands your business and [...]

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Why You Should See Your Accountant More Than Once a Year

By | May 27th, 2020|Accounting, Business, Taxes|

It’s important to see your accountant more than once a year—during tax season. The health of your business could depend on it. Accountants help with so much more than filing your taxes, yet businesses rarely seem to take advantage of this. Not only will you have a better idea of how your business is doing financially, but when you have regular business checkups with your accountant, you also have the ability to make necessary changes to improve business processes, increase profit, and save tax.   There’s No Time Like the Present to See Your Accountant It’s really difficult to plan for tax [...]

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Nix the Cash Bonus: Reward Your Employees While Reducing Your Tax Bill

By | April 23rd, 2020|Accounting, Business, Taxes|

Good employees can be hard to find. When you do find them, you want to keep them as long as possible. It can be tempting to pay a cash bonus to show your appreciation. Everybody loves cash. Accept accounts! Here’s why . . . What’s Wrong with a Cash Bonus? Of course accountants love cash too, but paying cash bonuses can make for a bookkeeping nightmare! When you pay employees with cash, there’s no paper trail. There’s no way to prove to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that you incurred those expenses.  As much as you want to show your appreciation [...]

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COVID-19 Provincial Tax Measures to Help Taxpayers

By | March 26th, 2020|Business, Taxes|

With everything that has been going on as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial governments have been acting quickly to put measures in place to help ease the financial burden on taxpayers.  COVID-19 Provincial Tax Measures Summary Many provinces are also offering utility and property tax payment deferrals. Check with your provider if this applies to you. Read about the Federal government tax measures in this post.  As these measures continue to change daily, please see these provincial websites for the latest information: BC Ministry of Finance Alberta Treasury Board and Finance Government of Ontario Click here for the latest [...]

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COVID-19 and Taxes: Important Updates

By | March 23rd, 2020|Business, Not for profit, Taxes|

It’s crazy times right now among this COVID-19 outbreak. We want to remind you that we are here for you at Virtual Heights Accounting. The government announced some significant economic measures to support Canadians during this COVID-19 crisis over the past few weeks. The full economic plan is covered here in detail: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html  Here is a brief summary of measures that may be relevant to you.  Personal Tax Extension of payment deadlines for personal incomes taxes to September 1, 2020; Extension of filing deadlines for personal income tax (T1) returns to June 1, 2020 (we should still file if you have [...]

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I Haven’t Filed My Corporate Taxes in Three Years: What Should I Do?

By | March 15th, 2020|Accounting, Business, Not for profit, Taxes|

Sometimes life gets in the way. It prevents you from meeting your responsibilities as a business owner or the director of a charitable organisation. It happens, and if you find yourself behind on your taxes (or maybe you’ve never filed a tax return), it’s always best to get caught up then try your best to stay on top of things.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a number of programs available to help make getting caught up a little easier.  Voluntary Disclosure The CRA Voluntary Disclosure Program provides an opportunity for taxpayers to correct a misfiled return or file a return [...]

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Do I Have to Keep a Mileage Book?

By | March 1st, 2020|Business, Taxes|

Yes, you do! But please don't stop reading. There are important things you need to know about keeping track of your business mileage. If you have a vehicle you own personally but also use for business, you must keep a vehicle expense logbook (also known as a mileage book).  Why a Mileage Book is Important You can only deduct vehicle expenses for the portion of expenses that relate to your business.  Keeping track of all your trips (both personal and business) is the only way to know how to split vehicle costs (such as fuel, insurance, repairs, and maintenance) between business [...]

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The Benefits of Paying Wages

By | February 1st, 2020|Taxes|

An important part of tax planning is determining if you will pay yourself wages out of your company. There are a number of benefits to paying wages, including increasing deductions in your company, contributing to your retirement, and receiving additional tax credits. Here's a breakdown of the advantages that come with paying yourself wages. Reduce Corporate Taxes  When you pay yourself wages out of your company, you can claim a deduction against your company's income.  For example, if you have $95,000 net profit in your company, and you decide to pay yourself $25,000 in wages, your company's income is reduced to [...]

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Why Do I Have to Pay Instalments and What Happens if I Don’t?

By | December 18th, 2019|Business, Taxes|

The requirement for corporations to pay corporate tax instalments is the same as when individual taxpayers have income tax deducted from their paycheque every payday. Just like tax payments sent in on behalf of taxpayers by their employers act like a credit against the amount of tax owing at the end of the year, instalments made by corporations reduce their tax bill when they file their tax return.  What are instalments? Instalments are tax payments you pay before filing your tax return. Even if your company doesn’t meet the requirement to pay instalments, you can do so voluntarily to avoid a [...]

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