The Canada Revenue Agency is offering small businesses free in-person tax support!

January 25, 2018 - Tags: Taxation

This guest blog post is provided by the Canada Revenue Agency, which administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, and administers various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of small businesses, as they contribute directly to the economic growth of our communities and to job creation for the middle class. Recently, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that it will make it easier for small businesses across Canada to get help with understanding and meeting their tax obligations. Small businesses can now go online to ask for free in-person help through the Liaison Officer service. Previously, all Liaison Officer visits were initiated by the CRA.

Liaison Officers provide small businesses with in-person support and guidance at key moments in their business life cycle. Since the initiative launched in 2014, more than 24,500 small businesses have benefited from these visits.

During an in-person visit, our Liaison Officers will:

  • Address tax-related questions and concerns
  • Discuss common income tax errors and financial benchmarks in the small business community
  • Provide information on various tools and services offered by the CRA

Voluntary books and record reviews are also offered to provide a basic evaluation of the adequacy of your business's tax records and to give you recommendations for strengthening your bookkeeping system. A visit from a Liaison Officer does not constitute an audit and will not result in the CRA making re-assessments to past tax filings.

During a group seminar, our Liaison Officers will:

  • Explain common tax errors
  • Demonstrate how to use financial benchmarks for their respective industry
  • Provide information on the CRA’s services
  • Explain general bookkeeping concepts

With the 130 Liaison Officers across Canada, the CRA hopes that in helping small businesses understand and meet their tax obligations right from the start, we can better ensure the success of Canadian small businesses across the country and contribute to the growth of our communities.

For more information and to sign up for a free in-person visit or a group seminar, visit www.canada.ca/cra-liaison-officer.


Comments

Posted by Canada.ca on March 1, 2018
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Les sources de financement du gouvernement disponibles sur notre site Web sont destinées aux entreprises canadiennes et aux entrepreneurs canadiens. Cependant, vous pouvez effectuer une recherche pour des partenaires commerciaux potentiels dans la base de données consultable d’entreprises canadiennes, le Réseau des entreprises canadiennes. Ces entreprises peuvent être en mesure de fournir les biens, services et technologies dont votre organisation a besoin.

Vous trouverez une mine de renseignements sur le démarrage d’une entreprise, sur sa gestion et son expansion sur notre site Web. Même si vous habitez dans un autre pays, quelques renseignements concernant le démarrage peuvent vous être utiles. Pour vous aider à planifier le lancement de votre projet d’affaires de façon réussie, consultez notre page sur le Démarrage d’une entreprise. Notre Liste de contrôle pour le démarrage d’une entreprise facilitera votre démarche en ce qui concerne les principes de base de la planification, de l’organisation, et de l’embauche des employés. Pour approfondir vos connaissances sur le sujet, vous pouvez consulter nos billets de blogue qui mettent l’accent sur le démarrage d’une entreprise.

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Posted by Joseph on February 28, 2018
Bonjour madame,
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Posted by Canada.ca on February 15, 2018
Hello Marce,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are a government organization that helps entrepreneurs start or grow their business in Canada.

You can read up on the various aspects of starting a business and find checklists and resources to help you with these activities, including planning, naming your business, and registration. Find out what permits and licences you may need by filtering by region and industry. You may also be interested in online marketing options to help spread the word.

If you have questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you and good luck with your next steps.
Posted by Marce on February 14, 2018
Hi,

I would like to put up a piano and guitar lessons business at home. I'm planning to have it between 7pm to 9pm on Weekedays, and 1pm to 5pm during Saturdays.

What are the things I need in order to start this kind of business in a legal way.

Thanks,
Marce
Posted by Canada.ca on February 9, 2018
Hello Terrie,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your small business in Canada.

If you think you have a good business idea, you will want to evaluate it, and see if it could be profitable. Our Developing your ideas page asks questions that can help you with that evaluation, from looking at whether your idea is truly original, to considering intellectual property, to the resources you'll need to get your business off the ground. You may also want to seek help from professional advisors, such as lawyers, accountants, and business consultants.

Given the nature of your idea, you could benefit from these commercial strategies to help you start and grow a social enterprise. You will find resources to help you assess your idea, plan, start, manage, market your business, and more.

Given the nature of your project, please contact a business information officer at the Canada Business centre in your region for guidance towards programs that might be just right for you, and any other questions about starting or growing a business in Canada.

Thank you, and good luck with your next steps.
Posted by Terrie on February 8, 2018
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Posted by Canada.ca on February 1, 2018
Bonjour Francisco,

Nous vous remercions d’avoir communiqué avec Entreprises Canada. Nous sommes une organisation gouvernementale qui aide les entrepreneurs à lancer et faire croître leurs entreprises au Canada.

Vous trouverez une mine de renseignements sur le démarrage d’une entreprise, sur sa gestion et son expansion sur notre site Web.

Pour vous aider à planifier le lancement de votre projet d’affaires de façon réussie, consultez notre page sur le Démarrage d’une entreprise.

Vous y trouverez certains des points qu’il vous faudra régler. En outre, notre Liste de contrôle pour le démarrage d'une entreprise facilitera votre démarche en ce qui concerne les principes de base de la planification, de l’organisation, de l’enregistrement d’une entreprise et de l’embauche des employés. Pour approfondir vos connaissances sur le sujet, vous pouvez consulter nos billets de blogue qui mettent l’accent sur le démarrage d’une entreprise. De plus, notre section sur l’exploitation d’une entreprise en ligne pourrait vous intéresser.

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le démarrage ou l'expansion d'une entreprise au Canada, communiquez avec nous directement.

Merci.
Posted by Francisco on January 31, 2018
J'ai une page Facebook pi j'aimerai partir une entreprise

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