How to get your business ready for tax time.

We interviewed Joe Collins, CPA to learn how self-employed Canadians can breeze through their fiscal year-end by getting their business ready for tax time.

We know how overwhelming tax season can be, so we brought a professional to help. We interviewed Joe Collins, CPA to learn how self-employed Canadians can breeze through their fiscal year-end by getting their business ready for tax time.

Joe Collins is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of a small business-focused accounting firm, Avalon Accounting. Joe is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their version of success and has helped countless business owners find their stride while creating successful businesses.

Some takeaways from the interview:

  • As an entrepreneur, it’s important to have a bookkeeper or bookkeeping system in place to manage your finances and prepare for your fiscal year-end.
  • If you’re incorporating your business and want to set a designated year-end, here are some factors to consider:
    • Cost: Ideally, your first corporate year-end taxes should be filed as far in the future as possible to avoid incurring expenses while your business is new.
    • Seasonality: Setting your fiscal year-end after your busiest period (e.g. holiday season for an e-commerce business) gives you time to review and reflect on how the business year went.
    • Tax benefits: While this is not a core factor to consider, there are marginal advantages to having a business year-end in the second half of the year.
  • The deadline for filing your tax return is 180 days after your designated fiscal year-end, and the deadline to pay any taxes owed is 30 days after your fiscal year ends. So if your fiscal year ends on December 31st, 2021, you need to file your taxes no later than June 30th, 2022, and pay any taxes you might owe by April 30th, 2022.
If you enjoyed reading this and want to get even more details, check out this guide on getting your business ready for year-end.

Skip to the parts you're interested in:

  • [03:25] Steps involved in filing your corporate taxes
  • [18:40] Picking the fiscal year-end for your business
  • [24:45] Maximizing your taxes with dividends
  • [34:50] Common mistakes entrepreneurs make
  • [40:24] Joe’s advice to new entrepreneurs
  • [48:40] Consideration for choosing an accountant

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