One-Person Operation

I Am Running a One-Person Operation.

 

 

 

I. . .

  • Don’t know how to pay myself
  • Am unsure of how to structure the business
  • Don’t know what I can deduct
  • Don’t know if I should register for a GST number
  • Need advice on minimizing my taxes

Business owners running single-person operations face unique challenges. As the only person solely responsible for your business, you undoubtedly have questions about pay structure, company structure, and how that will change should you choose to hire employees. At KWB, we can answer questions every step of the way, from starting up your one-person operation to transitioning into a multi-employee business.

We greatly appreciate KWB’s flexibility with scheduling appointments. Even during the busy tax season, they have graciously arranged meetings that accommodated our busy schedules. Patricia Campbell, Louis Bugeaud

We help you to improve cash flow by taking advantage of tax savings opportunities. There are a number of tax breaks available for one-person businesses, and by helping you to identify them, we can help you to improve your profit.

We also provide your small business with business advisory services. We establish a relationship with you so that you can think of us as a partner, allowing you to comfortably bounce ideas off of us. Our relationship with you isn’t just a one-way handing-over of information, but a two-way dialogue that allows you to grow.

Some services you might find useful include:

Business Year-End
Personal Tax Returns
Wealth Management: Your Working Years
Structuring Your Business
Improving Your Operations

If you’d like to talk about we can help your one-person operation, please contact us.

If you’re an existing client, please give us a call and set up a meeting.

If you’re a new client, give us a call or send us an email – we’ll set up a no-commitment consultation for approximately a half-hour. We’ll talk about your business, your personal and professional goals, and answer all of your questions about us as well. If there’s a good fit, we’ll provide you with actionable advice and get you started down the path towards your goals.

Blog posts about One-Person Operation

Feb 16 2016
Income Splitting

Do you own a business - either incorporated or unincorporated - and have a spouse or one or more adult children with an income lower than your own? If so, you may be able to shift your income to these other family members, effectively moving the income from a high tax rate to a low tax rate and decreasing the overall tax burden on your family. This is called income splitting.

Jun 19 2012
The Value of a Unanimous Shareholders Agreement (USA)

The financial wealth of many individuals is represented by the shares of a privately-held corporation, and, as such, a shareholder agreement is an invaluable legal instrument when the corporation is being continued by other shareholders or family.

Jan 12 2016
Save Money with a Health Plan

Save Money with a Health Plan How can you save $100’s and maybe $1,000’s in taxes in one simple step? Are you an employee of your own company and do you have significant medical expenses each year of $2,000 or more not covered by a health plan? Then creating a “Private Health Services Plan” (PHSP) as soon as possible could save you big dollars.

Nov 22 2016
Tax Filing Deadline

What is your tax filing deadline? How much time do you have to file and what are the costs of not filing or of filing late? Personal Tax Filing Deadline Personal taxes are due on April 30 unless that date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday in which case the return is due on

Nov 9 2016
Leasehold Improvements To Your Home Office

Have you made some renovations or leasehold improvements to your home office?  You should be claiming any “repairs” in the year that they occur, but you have some options when it comes to claiming the amortization from leasehold improvements to your home office. However be aware that this option may mean losing your homes

Nov 1 2016
Payroll Remittance

Depending on the amount of your payroll remittance you may have some options as to when you are required to remit it to CRA. Regular Payroll Remittance You are a regular remitter if you are a new employer or your average monthly withholding amount (AMWA) two years ago was less than $25,000.  In

Jun 24 2014
Online Backups - Keeping it simple

Do you know someone who has lost critical and precious information that was stored on their computer? Are there things on your computer that you don’t want to lose such as financial or business records or personal information like family photos? We live in a digital world and we don’t have hard copies of anything

Jan 5 2016
EI for the self-employed

An advantage to being self-employed is that you don’t pay into Employment Insurance (EI) like employees do. However, a program was introduced in 2010 which allows self-employed individuals to opt in to pay Employment Insurance (EI) premiums. Now that this has been in effect for a number of years, let’s revisit some of the key

Nov 10 2015
The Secret to Fitting a Healthy Lifestyle into your Busy World-Part 2

Part 2 of an article on Healthy Lifestyles. See Part 1 posted on October 28, 2015. Strategic Step #2: Automate & Re-Engineer Your Environment We are creatures of habit. Did you know that on a typical day you make about 300 decisions about nutrition? Most of them are done unconsciously and can often lead to

Oct 28 2015
The Secret to Fitting a Healthy Lifestyle into your Busy World-Part 1

Entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals often lead very busy lives. Being one myself I can relate to wearing many different hats, starting early, ending late, and seeing it have the impact on my lifestyle and my health. So many of us get into an unconscious pattern that just becomes our normal way of being. Unfortunately

Oct 13 2015
Taxable Benefits For The Personal Use of Company Aircraft

A corporate aircraft that is owned or leased primarily for business purposes, but is used for personal purposes (i.e. flight to transport employees or shareholders to a vacation destination) will be considered a taxable benefit to that employee or shareholder. The value of the benefit is the cost of a regular first class airfare

Oct 6 2015
Deciding when it’s time to start taking your CPP retirement benefits

You can start receiving CPP pension benefits when you reach age 65 (the month after your 65th birthday) which will entitle you to a full CPP benefit depending on how much and how long you have contributed to the CPP. However, you have the following choices: Take a reduced CPP retirement pension as early as

Sep 10 2015
Online tools from the CRA and Service Canada

Here are some great tools on the CRA website to help in day to day activities that I personally use. 1)       Payroll Deduction Online Calculator Use the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) to calculate federal, provincial (except for Quebec), and territorial payroll deductions. It will confirm or allow you to calculate the deductions you include

Aug 4 2015
Corporate expenses - What can you deduct?

Often deductible business expenses are overlooked or missed as business owners are unsure whether they are deductible. A business expense is any cost incurred by the company to generate income. These expenses must be supported by physical documents such as invoices, purchase contracts, sales receipt, etc. If cash is used to purchase items, it is

May 15 2014
T1135 - Foreign Income Verification Statement

Starting with the 2013 taxation year, Canada Revenue Agency has revised their form T1135,Foreign Income Verification Statement to request more information on foreign property in an effort “to better target international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance”. While the reporting requirements have changed, the criteria for those who must file form T1135 has not

Nov 12 2014
The "Family Tax Cut" credit

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Finance Minister Joe Oliver recently announced a “Family Tax Cut” credit which allows certain Canadian families to reduce their overall federal income tax. This relief will be available starting in 2014. The new measure would allow a higher income spouse to shift a portion of their income to a lower

Jun 7 2016
Living Out Allowance

In certain situations, a company can deduct a living out allowance and the employee does not have to report the allowance in their income. In order for this to apply, the allowance needs to be reasonable.  Additional criteria must be met as stated below for employees at a special work site and employees in

Apr 5 2016
2016 Tax Rates & Limits

Each year various tax rates, contribution limits, benefit amounts and deduction rates change.  The following is a quick reference guide for 2016. Personal income tax rates and brackets: Federal Taxable income                                  Rate $0 to $45,282                                      15% $45,283 to $90,563                             20.5% $90,564 to $140,388                           26%

Oct 17 2017
CPP Death Benefit and Survivor Payment

CPP death benefit The CPP death benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment to the estate of the deceased contributor.  It must be applied for within 60 days of the decedent’s date of death. The CPP death benefit can be paid to: The estate of the decedent(if there is an estate) The person who paid the

Jan 23 2015
Fraud from mobile banking deposits

Technology is constantly evolving and many commercial banks are using the latest technology advances. Some of these include mobile banking, electronic payments and mobile cheque deposits or Mobile Remote Deposit Capture (MRDC). We have all seen the commercials showing us how easy it is to deposit a cheque by taking a picture of it with

Feb 3 2015
Child Related Benefits, Expenses and Deductions

There’s great news for 2015 for Canadians with children. Stephen Harper has announced a “child care benefit boost” – which includes an increase to, or return of, the monthly Universal Child Care Benefit cheques and an increase to the amount taxpayers can deduct for child care expenses and the child fitness credit.   Changes to

Feb 9 2016
Moving expenses

If you are moving and are the owner of your own business you should consider deducting the expenses in your company rather than on your personal tax return. If you do not have that option, then the tax rules provide that if you have moved to be at least 40 km closer to your place

Apr 9 2015
Cost of Being Found to be a Personal Services Business (PSB)

We often hear about individuals who decide to incorporate while working as an employee for a business. But is it really beneficial to do so? Let’s look at an example. Joe works as an employee and earns employment income (a T4 slip) in Alberta. On July 1, he incorporates. Although he has incorporated, he continues

Jul 11 2017
Direct Beneficiary Designation - RRSP or RRIF

If you are considering a direct beneficiary designation for either a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or a Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), you should be aware of some negative consequences that can occur. A direct beneficiary designation can result in unintended tax consequences to the estate, the inequitable treatment of heirs or the distribution