Effective record-keeping is crucial for the success of any small business. Proper records not only help you track your financial performance but also ensure compliance with tax regulations and provide valuable insights for making informed business decisions. Here are some best practices for record-keeping in a small business:
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In Canada, gifting a capital property is considered a disposition for tax purposes. When you gift a capital property to someone, it is treated as if you have sold the property at its fair market value (FMV) at the time of the gift. This means that you may be subject to capital gains tax on any accrued gains in the property's value up to the date of the gift, even though you didn't receive any cash in return.
As we spoke about in our last post, as your bookkeeper, we handle the day-to-day financial transactions and record-keeping. Your accountant takes a more analytical and strategic role in interpreting the data, providing financial advice, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations.
We play a distinct, yet interconnected role with your accountant in managing your company's financial affairs. Here's how we typically collaborate to ensure your financial records are accurate, compliant, and optimized.
Bookkeepers also play an important role in helping companies manage their financial records, ensuring accurate and up-to-date financial information, and providing valuable insights that can drive strategic decision-making when combined with your accountant. Some of the ways bookkeepers contribute are:
Once tax season is over, tax preparers, bookkeepers, and accountants head to beach resorts for 6 months of relaxation and resting on their laurels... Well, OK, not really, but here are some common things they do undertake:
Cash is king is a common expression in business. Surprisingly though, few owners or managers take the steps needed to manage their cash flow. By ignoring it, they will sometimes find an empty bank account and nothing to pay their bills with.
Controlling your cash flow helps prepare you for slow periods and plan for needed financing. Peace of mind is also a by-product of proper planning.
Reducing the fees associated with the work your accountant does is possible! The great news is that savings are often quite easy to achieve for many owners. If you were only to do one thing, it would be to ensure your records are complete and organized. There are other ways to save as well.
Mission statements are not just for large corporations. As an owner of a small business, you can benefit from going through the exercise of writing your mission statement. It can not only re-connect you with your “why,” it can also communicate an important part of your business to all of your stakeholders.