Small Business

Do you have a great idea for a new business?  Where do you start?  

Check out One Stop Business Registry at

Have you been providing a service or product to the public and now realize you need to get sorted out?  Aries Accounting is here to help.  We work closely with our clients to keep them up to date and organized.


Items to keep in mind:

  • You should register as a Sole Proprietor in BC and do a Name Search.  This can be done through
  • Do you anticipate having Sales of more than $30,000?  If so, you may be required to register for GST with the CRA.  Check out the Registering for GST page at
  • You may be required to register for PST if you are providing tangible products to clients in the province of BC.  PST can be very complicated so it’s best to meet with your accountant or contact the Minister of Finance directly.  For more information on PST here’s a link
  • Accounting software packages are now less expensive and more user friendly than they used to be.  There are multiple on line cloud based services that are easy to use.  We also provide software and bookkeeping training to get you set up and going.
  • Are you considering hiring employees or subcontractors to work with you?  The CRA has very strict rules on Employees or Self Employed persons.  Read this link to know more We can help with Subcontractor/Self Employment Agreements to ensure you stay within the guidelines.
  • Keep your receipts!  Expenses you incur to earn business income are generally deductible for tax purposes.
  • Meal  receipts must be for business purposes.  For example you must have been having a Meal with a Customer, Supplier, Employee, etc in order to be able to deduct the Meal from your income.  You must indicate the person’s name on your receipt and/or the nature of the visit in order to comply with CRA standards.
  • Golf Green Fees and Membership Dues are NOT a business write off.  Sorry!  

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Aries AccountingTuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 8:50am
Tax Tip Tuesday: If your business has a fiscal year end of December 31st, or if you are a sole proprietor now is a great time to have your books completed and reviewed by your accountant. Your accountant or tax professional can review the first half of your year and may be able to provide tax planning ideas and strategies based on your first six months of business activities.
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Aries AccountingTuesday, July 4th, 2017 at 4:52pm
Tax Tip Tuesday: If you use tax software such as Quickbooks or Sage for your payroll, make sure you install any updates that have an impact on your payroll tax tables. There is usually an update for July 1st.
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