Understanding the Difference Between Spend Money and Bills in Xero

By |2022-11-30T23:14:57+00:00November 30th, 2022|Accounting, Xero|

As a small business owner, it’s important to keep track of your expenses and pay all your bills on time. One of the most popular accounting apps for small businesses is Xero. This app offers two features—Spend Money and Bills—to help you manage your finances. But what is the difference between these two features? Let’s break them down so you can make sure you are using them correctly.  Spend Money  The Spend Money feature allows you to enter individual transactions into your Xero account. This feature lets you quickly enter expenses that do not need a bill or invoice. For example, [...]

Where did all the Volunteers go?

By |2022-11-23T18:51:23+00:00November 23rd, 2022|Not for profit|

“I hope we get some new faces at the Annual General Meeting to fill some of these open positions.” Have you ever heard that or said it? It is unfortunately common with not-for-profit and community organizations of all types. This is true whether you’re a larger economic not-for-profit organization or a regional softball association. Where did all the volunteers go? (And how can we bring them back) I have heard numerous explanations and they all make logical sense. The basic answer from various articles and research I have done: In the past, there was more volunteer time in the home. This [...]

How to Keep Your Business Afloat During Its First Year

By |2022-11-23T03:39:51+00:00November 23rd, 2022|Business|

The first year of business is often the most challenging. You're trying to find your footing, establish yourself in the market, and make a profit. It's no wonder that many businesses don't make it through their first year. In fact, statistics show that nearly 20% of businesses fail within their first year. So, how can you ensure that your business isn't one of them? By following the simple tips outlined below. 1. Make a realistic budget and stick to it. One of the biggest mistakes new business owners make is underestimating their expenses. When you're putting together your budget, be sure [...]

Should I Charge GST/HST on My Remote Work?

By |2022-11-17T04:41:56+00:00November 17th, 2022|Accounting, Taxes|

We work with a lot of consultants, and we find this question coming up a lot: “Do I need to charge GST/HST on the services I perform for clients in another country?” Usually, they are referring to clients in the US. The simple answer is no! Place of Supply In Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) deems the place of supply for services to be the location where your client is based. This holds true even if you perform the work remotely from your office in Canada. However, there are some exemptions to the place of supply rules. Whether the exceptions [...]

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Do You Need to Fill Out a W-8 BEN-E Form?

By |2022-11-09T03:59:38+00:00November 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|

If you own a Canadian company providing services to US Companies, you may have been asked to fill out a W-8 BEN-E form. What is the W-8 BEN-E form and why do you need to complete it? In this article, we'll answer these questions and show you how an active business and Canadian corporation in Canada offering consulting services to a US company would complete this form. This is only relevant for non-financial entities such as management consultants. What is the W-8 BEN-E Form? The W-8 BEN-E form is provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a federal tax agency similar [...]

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