CBA Vancouver Bookkeeping
Why Hire a Bookkeeper?

    Books and records are used to refer to the various documents detailing your businesses income and expenses. Usually, you have to keep all sales and purchase invoices and other records for your business operations and GST/HST for six years.
    A statement listing the total assets and liabilities, indicating the net worth of the company for the given moment in time.
    A statement that summarizes revenues and expenses for a period of time.
    As an employer or payer, you hold payroll deductions in trust for the Receiver General. You have to keep these amounts separate from the operating funds of your business. You must deduct Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, Employment Insurance (EI) premiums, and income tax from amounts you pay. You remit these deductions plus your share of CPP contributions and EI premiums throughout the year on your employee's behalf.
    A sole proprietorship is a non-incorporated business entirely owned by one person that is run in the hope of obtaining a profit. A partnership is usually the relationship between persons who conduct a business in common in the hope of obtaining a profit.
    You are a sole proprietor (self-employed individual) if: your business is not incorporated; you have sole responsibility for decision making; you receive all profits and are responsible for all losses; and you report your business income on a T1 Individual income tax return.
    A corporation is a separate legal entity. It can enter into contracts and own property in its own name, separately and distinctly from its owners. It has to pay tax on its income, and therefore must file its own income tax return.
    Approved by the Legislature of British Columbia and the Parliament of Canada the harmonized sales tax (HST) is the single harmonized value-added tax that will replace the GST and PST in British Columbia on July 1, 2010.
    The HST will apply at a rate of 12 per cent to those goods and services that are subject to GST In other words, the PST will be eliminated and a 7 per cent provincial rate will be added to the 5 per cent GST. This 12 per cent combined tax will be called the HST.
    Goods and services that are taxable under the GST will be taxable under HST, except for the items eligible for a point of sale rebate on BC’s portion of the harmonized tax. Although there is GST on these items, the B.C. portion of the HST will not apply (i.e., you will not pay the B.C. portion of the tax).
    Nothing that is currently exempt from GST will be subject to HST. If you do not pay GST on an item now, you will not pay HST after harmonization. GST-exempt items will be HST-exempt and zero-rated items for GST purposes will be zero-rated under the HST.
    If your reporting period is monthly or quarterly, you have to file your GST/HST return and remit any amount owing no later than one month after the end of your reporting period.
    If your reporting period is annual, you usually have to file your return and remit any amount owing no later than three months after the end of the fiscal year. If you have to pay quarterly installments, they are due no later than one month after the last day of each fiscal quarter.
    If you are an individual with business income for income tax purposes who is also an annual filer with a December 31 fiscal year-end, you have to file your return by June 15. However, any GST/HST remittance is due on April 30 and must be remitted by that date to avoid penalties and interest.