Income tax time can cause businesses a lot of stress and hassle. However, income tax deductions can also be essential in creating a buffer for your bottom line. From minor expenses such as entertainment to employee salaries, business owners can greatly reduce their cash outflow by accurately filing their taxes. Read below to learn about accurate and legitimate ways to make claims on your Canadian income tax forms.
What Business Expenses can your Canadian Company Claim?
When deciding what to expense, use your best judgement to decide what you feel the CRA will consider reasonable
The reasonableness of the expense will be determined by whether or not is was used to generate income for your company
Keep in mind that you can’t always compare notes with other businesses to determine what is a reasonable expense for your company: each company is different.
Deductible items include business-related fees, car expenses, personal service charges for your business, as well as travel, meals, and entertainment that was leveraged to generate business for your company
Employee salaries are a large deduction for businesses
Be sure to keep accurate information regarding your employees’ salaries
Keep hard copies, and ensure that your deduction will match your employees’ tax return information
Do not attempt to claim personal expenses as business expenses; this may seem like a tempting idea, but if you get caught you may face serious penalties
There may be items or services that you use for both personal and business use; you cannot claim 100% of these costs in your expense report
Clearly distinguish between your personal and business expenses, keep legitimate records of usage, and only attempt to claim the latter
Thorough documentation will protect you from penalties
If the CRA needs proof regarding any of your claim attempts, you need to have hard copies of these transactions and you will need to present them promptly to avoid reprimand
If you have lost the receipt for an expense, we would not advise claiming it unless you can find an alternative hardcopy
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