I am starting a business.
Starting your own business can be a liberating experience. You may have been drawn in by the prospect of making your own rules and answering only to yourself. However, it probably didn’t take long to realize that before you get to the fun stuff, you have a lot of decisions to make.
And that’s where we come in. We want you to enjoy the process of getting your business started, so we do everything we can to ease the process. We understand that it can seem overwhelming at first, but the key to feeling at ease is to obtain as much information as possible. We’re here to provide you with that information, and can even connect you with other professionals, such as lawyers, bankers, financial planners, and insurance providers, to ensure that all your needs are met.
If you’d like to know more about what we can do to help you start your business, 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 Starting a Business
Save Money with a Health Services 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.
Eligibility Criteria Expanded for Canada Emergency Business Account – CEBA
The Government of Canada has announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses.
The changes to CEBA will allow more Canadian small businesses to access interest free loans of up to $40,000 to help cover operating costs during a period when
KWB Summary of Relief Programs - Federal and Provincial - 3 April 2020
To our friends, clients, and business partners,
We hope this newsletter finds you well and healthy. The volume of information we’ve received from provincial and federal governments over the last few weeks has been significant and a bit of a moving target, so we’ve put together a summary of all the relief programs that
Introduction to QBO (Quickbooks Online) Virtual Event - 14 April, 2020
Due to new legislation, we are hosting a "virtual" learning event at noon on the 14th of April 2020.
If you own a small business and are interested in moving your books to the "cloud", this event is for you!
Alternatively, if you are already using QBO but need a refresher or have questions
What is the Work-Sharing Program?
Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid
layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the
control of the employer. The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees
who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work
while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is
Essential Services - Is your Business on the List?
businesses and services on the essential services list can continue to provide
services at locations accessible to the public and must have proper risk
mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate
distancing between customers.
of this list is to provide general guidance to business owners and
New Information on Wage Subsidy Program - 30 March 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today businesses and non-profit organizations seeing a drop of at least 30 per cent in revenue due to COVID-19 will qualify for the government's 75 per cent wage subsidy program.
The number of people a business employs will not
determine its eligibility. Charities and companies big and small will
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19
As announced by the Minister of Finance, BDC puts in place additional measures to provide relief for Canadian
March 18, 2020, new relief measures for qualified businesses include:
Working capital loans of up to
$2 million with flexible repayment terms such as principal postponements
for qualifying businesses;Flexible repayment terms, such
Support for Employers – New Supports Announced 23/03/2020
Corporate income tax changes
Corporate income tax balances and
instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020 to
increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts and
Education property tax deferral
property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing
Best Practices for Submitting Documents Electronically
We are encouraging you to send us your personal tax
information or corporate records electronically. This guide will assist you through the
process while ensuring your data is secure and well managed.
File Types: We can accept pretty much any file types
(PDF, jpeg, bmp, tiff, png, etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions – Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
1. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy
Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow
eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be
remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
2. Which employers are eligible?
You are an
eligible employer if you:
Relief for the Energy Sector
Immediate action will protect jobs and provide economic relief to the oil and gas industry
The Government is providing economic relief to Alberta’s energy industry to address challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and declining oil prices due to an international price war. The energy sector supports more than 500,000 jobs across
Who qualifies for EI?
Whether you qualify for EI will still depend on your specific situation, such as regional rate of employment, and the number of hours worked in the last 52 weeks.
The government recommends people apply as soon as possible to find out if they qualify; waiting more than four weeks after your last day
Support for Albertans – COVID-19
government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and
should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay
their bills so we have put a number of options in place for those struggling
Emergency isolation support
This will be
a temporary program
Support for Employers - Alberta - COVID-19
The Alberta government will provide immediate funding and supportive measures to support local businesses, employers and employees.
Support for employers
Corporate income tax changes
Corporate income tax balances and
instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020 to
increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts
Tax News and Changes – COVID-19
The Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance announced on
March 18th an economic relief package to begin addressing the
economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the economic relief package includes
tax relief for individuals and businesses.
Filing Deadline Extensions
The deadline for filing personal income tax returns will be
Resources for Canadian Businesses – COVID-19
Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the
Canadian economy. During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is
taking strong action to help Canadian businesses as COVID-19 is affecting them,
their employees and their families.
The Government and public health officials are urging all
stay home unless it is absolutely
To our valued clients and business partners – a KWB announcement
KWB Chartered Professional Accountants has a proactive plan for
continued operation in this new environment. You and our team are our
first priority. We want to inform you of what changes we have made, so we
can continue to complete the work you need us to do, while protecting both you
3 Best Practices - Achieving Organic Sales Growth
Most business owners would probably agree that, when it comes
to sales, there’s always room for improvement. To this end, every company
should strive for organic sales growth — that is, increases from
existing operations unrelated to a merger or acquisition.
That’s not to say a merger or acquisition is necessarily a
The best times to post on Social Media
This blog informs you of the best times to post on social media in 2020.
What is the best time to post on Facebook in 2020?
The best time to post on Facebook is between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The best day to post on Facebook is Wednesday. While
Tax Changes for 2020
The Canadian Revenue Agency recently made some tax changes that may affect you and your business in 2020.
ANNUAL INFLATION ADJUSTMENT
Each year, most (but not all) income tax and benefit amounts
are indexed to inflation. In early December, the Canada Revenue Agency
announced that the inflation rate that will be used to index
Registering For GST
Do you need to register for GST?
Some supplies are exempt from the GST/HST – that is, no GST/HST applies to them. This means that you do not charge the GST/HST on these supplies of property and services, and you are not entitled to claim input tax credits on property and services acquired
Here are some of the most common terms used in Accounting today:
AR = Accounts Receivable – The amount of money owed by customers or clients to a business after goods and/or services have been delivered or used.AP = Accounts Payable – The amount of money a company owes creditors (suppliers, etc.)
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
New Business Guide for setting up your business
If you are starting a new business in Canada or are operating one already, then this article is for you.
Types of business structures
The type of structure you choose has a significant effect on the way you report your income, the type of returns you file each year, and many other matters.
Switching to Quickbooks Online (QBO)
Considering making the switch from Desktop (Quickbooks or Sage) or paper to the cloud? (QuickBooks Online (QBO))
If you are currently using the Desktop version of QuickBooks, you need to be aware that QBO is not the same program and doesn’t really look anything like the Desktop product. Don’t let that scare you off
Work in Progress
If you have a professional corporation then the new work in progress tax rules will likely affect you!
Professional corporations are typically set up and used by accountants, lawyers, dentists, doctors, veterinarians and chiropractors. Instead of running their business as a sole proprietor, everything happens under an incorporated entity.
Work in progress (WIP) includes any
Personal Services Business (PSB)
In the past, it was OK and even advisable to conduct business through an incorporated company even if PSB rules applied.
With recent changes to the rules, though, this is no longer true. So what are these changes, and what do they mean to you?
Applying for a Business Number
A Business Number is a nine-digit identifier provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to each Canadian business.
This number is given to register tax accounts and to make communication with CRA easier. Each legal entity (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or trust) requires one business number and each business number can be registered for
There are many benefits that KWB receives as a member of the Quickbooks ProAdvisor program and can pass along to you. Read about what they are, including some potential cost savings for you.
Would you like to have a KWB staff person work directly on your accounting system at a time that is convenient for you? Or to help you figure out why your accounts aren’t balancing or why your accounting software has crashed? KWB is here to help! Learn more about our remote accounting support.
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
Having good bookkeeping will enable you to make good decisions based on accurate financial information provided to you on a timely basis.
KWB Chartered Accountants offers bookkeeping and similar services. With timely and accurate information we can help you address your issues and make better decisions as a result.
These are definitely tough times, and
Borrowing Best Practices
You may not always understand what your banker is seeing or what they are asking for, but the good news is that both your banker and you want to see the business succeed. Here is more info on the 9 simple things that will help you become a more successful borrower.
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
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
Employment Insurance For Related People
Employers are required by law to deduct Employment Insurance (EI) premiums from all insurable earnings paid to their employees who are engaged in insurable employment.
If an employer is unsure whether or not an employee is engaged in insurable employment, the employer can request a ruling from the CRA. A letter or completed form
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
CRA's Cash Receipts Window
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that they are closing their cash receipts window effective September 30, 2013. Find out how this might affect you.
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.