About Michelle Cornish

Michelle Cornish is an author and former CPA from Enderby, BC.

How to Reconcile Your Bank Account Using the Xero Accounting App

By |2022-09-26T15:02:46+00:00September 26th, 2022|Uncategorized|

If you're using the Xero accounting app to manage your finances, then you'll need to know how to reconcile your bank account. This process ensures that the transactions in your bank account are accurately reflected in Xero. In this blog post and accompanying YouTube video, we will walk you through the steps of reconciling your bank account in Xero. Confirm Bank Statement Transactions From within the bank account you want to reconcile, go to the bank statements tab. Check to make sure the unreconciled transactions that have been imported are from your current statement. While in this screen, you can also [...]

The Top 5 Benefits of Entrepreneurship

By |2022-09-22T18:12:39+00:00September 22nd, 2022|Business|

Every October, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) celebrates small business week. This is a time where Canadians can learn more about the benefits of entrepreneurship and how to start and grow their own businesses. As the largest provider of financing, insurance, and advisory services to small businesses, BDC has a lot to offer. In this blog post, we will discuss the top five benefits of entrepreneurship, as well as some of resources that BDC offers to help small businesses succeed! What is BDC small business week? Small business week is a national event that takes place every October. During [...]

Dividends or Wages: Which is Better?

By |2022-09-12T03:40:04+00:00September 12th, 2022|Accounting, Taxes|

Did you know the tax treatment of dividends and shareholder wages differs? In Canada, dividends are considered investment income, whereas wages are employment income and subject to payroll taxes. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between dividends and wages, and help you decide which is better for you. Dividends are payments made to shareholders of a company out of its profits. The amount you receive depends on the number of shares you own. Wages, as you are probably already aware, are payments made to employees for their work. As a shareholder, you [...]

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What are Eligible and Non-Eligible Dividends?

By |2022-08-28T23:27:10+00:00August 29th, 2022|Accounting, Taxes|

When it comes to dividends, there are two main types: eligible and non-eligible. Eligible dividends are those that meet specific criteria in the Canadian Income Tax Act (ITA). To the contrary, non-eligible dividends do not meet those criteria. This can be confusing for business owners and investors. Let's take a closer look at what makes a dividend eligible or not. Eligible Dividends Eligible dividends are paid by a corporation to its shareholders from its "general rate income pool" (GRIP). To be considered part of the GRIP, earnings must come from business activities in Canada. Usually these dividends are paid by public [...]

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The Tax Consequences of Passive Income in a Canadian Corporation

By |2022-08-21T19:40:22+00:00August 22nd, 2022|Taxes|

Do you have passive income in your Canadian corporation? If so, you need to be aware that it is taxed differently than active business income. Income from investments and property can impact your small business deduction. This, in turn, impacts the amount of tax you pay in your corporation. In this post, you'll learn what passive income is and the impact it has on the small business deduction. What is passive income? Passive income is any type of income that is not earned from active work. This includes, but is not limited to, income from property, such as rental income and [...]

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What is a Shareholder Loan?

By |2022-08-20T22:36:18+00:00August 15th, 2022|Accounting, Taxes|

If you have a company, you may have heard the term shareholder loan. You may even know the current balance of what your company owes you. If you have no idea what a shareholder loan is or whether you have one, that’s okay. In this post, we’ll explain what a shareholder loan is and why the money you withdraw from it isn’t always tax free. What is a shareholder loan? A shareholder loan is, simply put, a loan that a shareholder makes to their corporation. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) doesn’t consider this money as income for the corporation, so there’s [...]

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The Business Accountant: Can They Help You Manage Your Money?

By |2022-08-15T20:05:09+00:00August 8th, 2022|Accounting, Business|

Every business owner knows that cash flow is key to a successful company. But keeping track of your finances can be daunting, especially if you're not familiar with accounting terms and concepts. That's where a business accountant comes in. They can help you manage your money and keep your business on track financially. In this blog post, we'll discuss the benefits of working with a business accountant and how they can help you manage your cash flow. What is cash flow? Cash flow is the movement of money in and out of your business. It's important to track your cash flow [...]

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How to Invite Your Accountant to Xero

By |2022-08-16T15:29:14+00:00July 29th, 2022|Technology, Xero|

The Xero accounting app makes it super easy to invite your accountant to access your books and records. With the invite a user feature, in just a few clicks, your accountant will have access to your books. Here’s how to invite your accountant to Xero in five simple steps. From the dashboard, click on your business name and go to “Settings.”  Then select “Users.”  In the top right, you should see a green button that says “Invite a User.” Click on this. Now enter your accountant’s name and email then check the box that says, “Business and accountant.” We also recommend [...]

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No-Code Accounting: What It Is and Why You Should Use It

By |2022-08-16T15:25:00+00:00July 20th, 2022|Accounting, Business, Technology|

No-code accounting is a term that you may have heard floating around the internet lately. But what does this mean? Simply put, no-code accounting is an approach to accounting that doesn't require any coding skills.  You may be thinking, but I have never had to know how to code when bookkeeping before. You are right, individual software does not require coding. The term "no-code" refers to building connections between apps that are not already connected.  This can be a huge advantage for small business owners who don't have time to learn how to code or don't want to spend the money [...]

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The Best Year End Date for Your Canadian Corporation: Why December Isn’t the Best Choice

By |2022-07-23T20:06:22+00:00July 12th, 2022|Accounting, Business, Taxes|

When it comes to choosing a year end date for your Canadian corporation, there are a few things you need to take into account. Many business owners choose December 31st as their year end date. They think it will be convenient because it is the end of the calendar year, but this isn't always the best choice when it comes to tax planning. Continue reading to learn what you should consider when choosing a year end date for your corporation. The Best Year End for Tax Planning In Canada, your year end date is set when you file your first corporate [...]

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