Generally, all businesses in Canada are allowed to deduct expenses from their income, that are incurred not only to make the business operational but also to sustain that business once it is up and running. The CRA has a list of the common business expenses that you can write off. The pre-requisite for any write-off is that it must be incurred to earn the business income and must be reasonable under the circumstances.
There is a lot that you can claim. It’s about portion and being reasonable. This article covers the 8 best write-offs for small businesses in Canadian Tax Law. Read on to know how you can claim these write-offs and consequently reduce your taxable income and taxable liability.
As a small business owner in Canada, you can deduct vehicle expenses. What is a vehicle expense? Expenses that are related to running the vehicle like
The claimable vehicle expenses are determined as a percentage of vehicles used for business purposes in a year over your total mileage in a year. For example, if you drove 7,000 kilometers in the year for business use and a total of 25,000 kilometers in the year, then you can write off 28% (7,000/25,000*100) of your vehicle expense.
You are required by the CRA to maintain an accurate logbook to verify the amount of your car being used for personal and business reasons.
Perk: If you own your vehicle then you can claim depreciation for 30% of the cost of the vehicle’s cost each year under the declining balance method this is referred to as capital cost allowance.
The home office expense is the common write-off in Canada for small businesses. If you work from a home office, then below mentioned is the list of expenses eligible for deduction as home office expense:
In-home office expenses you determine the size of your office space as the percentage of the total size of your house.
Another way to reduce your taxes is, you can deduct the fee that you pay to attorneys, accountants, consultants, and other professionals as a business expense. The fee paid for work-related only to your business is tax-deductible.
Rent expense is the cost incurred by a business to utilize property or location for office space and is tax-deductible. Maintain a file for the lease agreement and rent receipts as these documents may be required in case the CRA conducts the audit.
Advertising expenses can either be fully or partially written off depending upon the advertising method used by your small business.
You can claim 50% of the expenses you spent on meals and entertainment. For example, you go with your client for lunch 50% of the amount is tax-deductible from your business income assuming that you provide a receipt.
There are instances in which 100% of the cost of meals or entertainment can be written off. This includes:
A capital asset is the main part of write-offs in small businesses in Canada. Capital cost is the total price paid for a property, which includes machinery, fixtures and furniture, computer, software, and many more.
These assets cannot be written off in a single year. Instead, these capital assets are written off over a period of time based on CRA’s specific depreciation rates.
The depreciation rates for 2021 include
There are several different types of insurances that qualify as a tax write-off for small business owners in Canada. What does insurance mean? Insurance is a contract, represented by a policy, in which an individual or entity receives financial protection and reimbursement against losses from an insurance company.
There are different types of insurances that write-offs taxes for small businesses in Canada.
Many business owners are unaware of what they are eligible for and that is why they end up paying much more tax than they should at the end of each year. Remember, this information is general and if you want personalized advice for your particular business, it’s best to contact a chartered accountant and get in touch with them as soon as possible to figure out how much you can save this year.
No matter what sort of business you run, whether it is a new business which is run from home, or it is an old business that has been running in its own building for years, Filing Taxes can help you reap full tax advantage by claiming these expenses and having these tax write-offs filed. Feel free to reach out to Filing Taxes at 416-479-8532. Schedule your tax preparation appointment with us and take the first step towards proper management of your finances. Our professional personal tax accountants will make sure to get you the maximum tax refund on your personal tax return.