5 Tax Loopholes for Small Business Owners in 2021

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Small business owners are always looking for ways to save money, and there’s no better time than the present. In order to do this, you need to find loopholes in the tax code that can help you reduce your tax burden.

Here are 5 of them so that you can make a plan for next year!  

  1. Keep the collected HST 

The majority of small business owners are unaware of the HST quick method of accounting firms. This method allows you to keep a small portion of HST collected in your pocket.  This is how it works. You charge 13% for the items and services you sell to your clients or consumers. However, you only pay the Canada Revenue Agency 8.8% of your entire sales. As a result, the difference between 13 percent and 8.8 percent is yours to keep. The quickest method is the way to go for small business owners who don’t have a lot of expenses to claim HST pay.

  1. Charging rent to your corporation 

If you work from home and utilise your home office for business, you may be able to bill your company for rent linked to your home office. So, what are the rent-related expenses? Mortgage interest, property taxes, utilities such as gas, water, and electricity, home insurance, and general repairs and maintenance are all examples. Now, you wouldn’t bill your corporation for all of your home’s operating expenses such as rent. However, you merely charge back a portion of the money. That percentage chargeback is calculated by a formula, which is the size of your Home Office in relation to the entire size of your home. So, if your Home Office is 350 square feet and your house is 3500 square feet, you’ll be able to save 10% on your home’s operating costs, and that’s what you charge in return to your organisation as rent. 

  1. Making significant purchases near the end of the year 

This means, if you need to acquire office equipment, computers, other manufacturing equipment, furnishings, and so on, I’d wait until December to make such purchases. The purpose for this is that even if you just have the asset for a couple of days or weeks, you will receive the full year’s value of depreciation which is a fantastic way to save money on taxes. 

  1. Purchasing a home utilizing your corporation’s money 

If you take money out  of your corporation, the money will be counted as your income for the year in which you take it out. This money will be taxed at your personal tax bracket however there is a way to receive money stored in your firm in  a tax-free manner and may be used to purchase a home. There is an exception that states that an employee of a business may borrow money from the firm in order to purchase a home in which they will live in. Thus, if you want to purchase that $900,000 dream house, there’s a method to get $100,000 or more out of your corporation absolutely tax-free to purchase it. 

  1. Tax deferral 

The combined provincial and federal rate for corporate income tax is 13.5%. Your personal rate, on the other hand, may be as high as 52%. That’s an almost 38-percentage-point gap. That said, it makes a lot of sense to retain the majority of your money in your corporation, pay a low tax rate, and just take out what you require to pay your living expenses from the corporation. You’ll be able to take advantage of the low company tax rate while paying little in personal income taxes. 

This article has provided loopholes for small business owners. The five major loopholes are keeping the collected HST, charging rent to your corporation, making significant purchases near the end of year, purchasing a home utilizing your corporation’s money and tax deferral. It is up to you whether or not you want to use these ways in order to save on taxes. 

Salman Rundhawa
Salman Rundhawa
Salman Rundhawa is the founder of Filing Taxes. Salman provides valuable tax planning, accounting, and income tax preparation services in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, and Hamilton.

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