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Hey You ... Welcome to The Bookkeeper's Blog! Join me as I blog on good bookkeeping practices for work from home bookkeepers and business owners who do their own books.

Here is where you have the opportunity to easily keep up-to-date on new or updated blog pages being posted to the Bookkeeping Essentials web site.

It is my sincere hope that you will learn good bookkeeping practices that help you manage your business finances easily and more efficiently.

To your success! … and, of course, thank you to the readers and viewers of my blog.

from Rainbow's End
"where heaven and earth sometimes touch"

Your tutor, Lake

This picture is from my day trip to Stuart Lake in 2009. Doesn't looking at this picture just make you want to exhale ... it's okay you're allowed.

Image of seaplane moored on Stuart Lake. Life is good here.
Photo courtesy of B. Gale

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing
that we see too late the one that is open.

-- Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor --

Life was very good at Rainbow's End (my lake property) ... all sixteen years. I've moved and downsized now ... and am on to new adventures ... although I still miss living at the lake some days. Being creative about solving the problems life throws at you is a necessity. The way to reach your goal is not always a straight line.

Apr 15, 2024

Canadian Bookkeeping Compliance Resource

Head Up - My Bookkeeping Pointers

A new Canadian bookkeeping compliance resource. extends an invitation to small business owners in Canada to explore this new resource.

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Apr 15, 2024

Record Retention Guidelines -US vs Canada

Record retention requirements are determined by government for tax purposes. Get up to speed with the guidelines so you can be compliant.

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Mar 13, 2024

Casual Labor | Casual Employment

Cash wages

Can I pay employees as casual labor for only a few days of work without deductions? Includes step-by-step instructions for paying employees in cash.

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Mar 09, 2024

CRA and IRS Interest Rates | Small Business

Interest rates

CRA and IRS interest rates for corporate loans to shareholders, installment sales, under and over payment of taxes

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Feb 25, 2024

What Is CRA's Position On Cell Phones And Internet Service?

What is CRA's position on cell phones and internet services required by sole proprietors to earn business income? Required by employees to perform work duties?

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Jan 28, 2024

Canadian Bookkeeping Compliance Resource

New Sister Website Coming in 2024

Announcement - The transitioning of Canadian time sensitive information to a new site that will be a Canadian bookkeeping compliance resource has begun.

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Jan 28, 2024

2024 Self Employment Taxes | FICA & CPP

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Learn about self employment taxes for business owners working from home ... US self employment tax (SICA) & required CPP contributions for self employed in Canada.

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Jan 18, 2024

2024 Payroll Tax Deductions | U.S. & Canada

Payroll tax deductions are mandatory for small business owners in the U.S. and Canada. What is the employer's and employee's Social Security tax rate for 2019? What are the CPP and EI rates for 2019?

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Jan 05, 2024

5 Tips for Business Owners Looking to Organize Their Books

Finding your way out from under that intimidating pile of paperwork.

What will your New Year's resolution be? If you're like most small business owners, your New Year's resolution will likely have something to do with

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Dec 27, 2023

Tax Compliance in Canada | Small Business Due Dates

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Canadian tax compliance due dates. Notes & references for 2023/2024 tax season deadlines, GST/HST, payroll source deductions, T4 & T4A information returns, WCB.

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Dec 19, 2023

Canadian Bookkeeping and Tax Rates

Examine Tax Rates

Compliance tax rates of interest to Canadian small business owners and bookkeepers who work from home. Includes tax free automobile allowance rates.

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Dec 19, 2023

CRA Auto Allowances | IRS Mileage Rates

Vehicle Mileage Rates

What is CRA's tax free auto allowance for 2024? What is the IRS standard mileage rate for 2024? Find these and other business travel rates here.

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Dec 19, 2023

U.S. Self Employment Income - Self Employment Tax

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Self employment income is subject to U.S. self employment tax ... updated to 2024. You'll find information on estimated taxes, standard mileage rates and U.S. rules for business use of your car.

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Nov 02, 2023

Tax Filing Deadlines in Canada

Deadlines Tax Compliance

Canadian tax filing deadlines and due dates for GST/HST, PST, payroll source deductions, T4 and T4A information returns, WCB, business income tax returns.

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Nov 02, 2023

Current Payroll Tax Rates | Canadian Bookkeeping

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2024 CPP rates were released Nov 2023. 2024 EI rates were released Sep 2023. Find current Canadian payroll tax rates and tips ... so you can meet your payroll compliance obligations.

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Oct 06, 2023

US & Canadian Bookkeeper News and Handy Reference Page

Bookkeeping News

The Bookkeeper News and Reference Page is for the hard working, self-employed business owner. Find U.S. and Canadian small business news ...

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Oct 02, 2023

Canadian Payroll Deductions - Payroll Tax Q&A

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The Bookkeeper's Series on Canadian payroll deductions; includes employee taxable benefits, gifts and awards, automobile benefits calculator; 2024 payroll rates & subcontracting payments

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Jan 04, 2023

IRS News For U.S. Work From Home Business Owners

IRS News

IRS news and other information that would be of interest to U.S. business owners who do their own bookkeeping or work from home bookkeepers. News on 2023 COLA & FICA.

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Nov 03, 2022

Canadian Corporate Minute Book

Corporate Minute Book

Basic information on maintaining the corporate minute book and your annual registration requirements ... also referred to as The Annual Report.

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Nov 03, 2022

CRA News for Home Based Business Owners

News - CRA

CRA news to help Canadian business owners doing their own bookkeeping keep abreast of relevant changes and announcements. You can stop worrying now whether you are up-to-date with government updates!

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Jan 31, 2022

Bookkeeping Checklist | Accounting Checklist

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Small business accounting and bookkeeping checklist ... how to package your recordkeeping information for your bookkeeper and/or accountant ... ensuring your year end will go as smoothly as possible.

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Jan 06, 2021

CCPC - Canadian Corporate Income Tax

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The Bookkeeper's Notes, part 1 on Canadian corporate bookkeeping and income tax for a CCPC.

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Jan 04, 2021

Monthend Bookkeeping | Procedures Manual


How to perform monthend bookkeeping tasks manual. 21 simple steps for work from home business owners who manage their own set of books. You can have accurate and timely internal financial statements.

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May 29, 2020

What to do with T4A slips received from customers / clients

I get self-employment professional income reported on T4As from several different sources and although they are for work that is essentially similar, every

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May 12, 2020

Downloading QBO Attachments in a Batch

While reading and participating in various online bookkeeping groups, I noticed the question is arising as to how you can download all the attachments

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