Employee or Contractor: CRA checklist


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Looking to hire additional help for your expanding business? Last week, we outlined key questions to ask yourself before expanding your sales force.

We noted that deciding between hiring a contractor or an employee is not as simple as figuring out your personal preference.  The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) has a very comprehensive checklist that they use to determine if you should be paying your new hire as an employee or if it is OK to consider them a contractor.

This week, we are going over the checklist presented by the CRA  in more detail so that you can make sure you are paying people under the correct category to avoid nasty fines.

Tip: If you own a store or run an office and you don’t want to hire a contractor through a temporary  employment agency then you need to hire an employee and pay the applicable payroll taxes.

Determine who has control

Do you want to have control over the worker? Will you determine when, how and where the work will be completed? Do you expect them to complete the work personally?

According the CRA ‘It is the right of the payer to exercise control that is relevant, NOT whether the payer actually exercises this right’ so basically, if you have the option in any way, shape or form to control the employee’s time and how they complete the work then they are not considered a contractor.

Tools & Equipment

Who provides the tools and the equipment to complete the job?

If you provide your new hire with the tools and equipment they need to complete the job and are responsible for all repairs to that equipment then you need to hire an employee.

Subcontracting Work or Hiring an Assistant

Can the person who is working for you independently hire an assistant or subcontract out the work you have asked them to do?

 If the answer is no, then as you may be assuming by now, you have yourself an employee.

Financial Risk

 Will the worker be financially liable if they do not fulfill the contract? Does the worker actively market themselves? Does the worker perform a substantial amount of the work from their own workspace? Are they responsible for paying their own employees?

If you answered YES to these questions then you may be able to categorize your worker as a sub-contractor, if you answered NO then you guess it, you need to pay them as an employee.

Responsibility for Investment and Management

Does the worker have any capital invested in their business and an established business presence?

If they do then you are pretty safe hiring them as a contractor so long as the also meet majority of the above criteria.

Opportunity for Profit

Can the worker realize a profit or incur a loss? Is the worker paid a flat fee and incurs any expenses as a loss?

If the answer is NO then you need to hire the worker as an employee.

In the end if you are uncertain about your relationship with your new hire or you can’t distinctively answer majority of these questions with a YES or NO response (because the status of your relationship is unclear) then it is best to contact the CRA and get a ruling before you proceed.

This will save you a lot of grey stress hairs, and costs in the long term.

#ThursdayThoughts: Employee or Contractor?

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Tear. It’s been a year. Your small business is growing before your eyes. You stare at your Profit and Loss statement for the hundredth time like a kid who’s been fervently measuring their height against the wall fixedly checks in on their progress, and your eyes fill with water. You really made it.

Your email  inbox is flooded with fan mail. It’s wonderful and scary. You want to respond to all of them, even the creepy ones, you want to be Superman/Wonder Woman/the Hulk combined, deliver on your promise of top-notch service but you need help.

You can finally afford it, but who do you hire: an employee or a contractor?

We recommend that before you hire anyone as an employee you start them out as a contractor for a trial period. This way you can test them out and make sure they work well with you, are reliable and will not steal business from you before committing to a long-term agreement.

Once the initial trial period is over, ask yourself the following questions to give some clarity when trying to determine the best way to proceed with your expansion:

What is the nature of the project?

Will you need to control the time of those who help you and the sequence in which they complete tasks?

  • Yes- Then you need an employee
  • No- Then you can consider a contractor

Are you supplying all of the equipment?

  • Yes- Then you need an employee
  • No- Then you can consider a contractor

Do you need a very specific task completed?

  • Specialized tasks are often completed by contractors however if it is an ongoing specialized task then you may want to consider hiring an employee.

How long will I be this busy?

Do you have a higher workload because you have taken on a short term, labour intensive contract?

  • Yes- Then you can hire a contractor
  • No- Then you should consider hiring an employee

Financial responsibility

Will the payment of the person you hire depend on you receiving payment for the overall contract?

  • Yes- Then you can hire a contractor
  • No- Then you should hire an employee

Training

Do you plan on providing training?

  • Yes- Then you should hire an employee
  • No- Then you can hire a contractor as they should already be trained.

What are the Financial differences

If you hire an employee

  • You must match your employee’s CPP which is 5% of their gross earnings.
  • You must pay 1.4 times the EI amount that the employee pays.
  • You must remit taxes on behalf of the employee.
  • You must supply your employee with the equipment necessary to complete the job.

If you hire a contractor

  • They are responsible for paying their own CPP and taxes.
  • They supply their own equipment.
  • You cannot fire them without paying out the contract, they also cannot quit without finishing the contract.

As attractive as it may appear to hire a contractor over an employee you must make sure that your contractor is considered a contractor under the rules set out by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or you risk experiencing heavy fines.

Stayed tuned for next week’s post where we will discuss the CRA employee or contractor checklist in more detail.

Save big on your bank fees

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Plooto: It’s out of this world.

Do you want to save big bucks on your bank fees? You’d be saving more than just money. Tons of precious time goes into deciphering cryptic e-transfers that turn up on your monthly statement. Well, no more!

We were recently introduced to a new app Plooto, an online payment solution that takes the guesswork out of determining unknown e-transfers and saves valuable time and money. We were dazzled by its impressive features and functionality.

So we are shouting it from the rooftops: This is an invaluable, must-have program for all small business clients who process cheques, email money transfers and wire transfers regularly.

We strongly recommend this quick and seamless online payment option for ALL our clients.

Here is why:

Plooto is every business’ and bookkeeper’s dream come true:

  • Pay anyone, anywhere, anytime in one integrated cloud platform.
  • Receive payments faster: Your money gets deposited directly into your bank account in two to three business days.
  • Cross-border payments: You can send money online to any bank or credit union in the US with just the routing and account numbers of your payee.
  • Your bookkeeper will never ask you about unknown e-transfers.

Why you should get it:

  • No monthly fees. Just pay when you use it.
  • No setup or any hidden fees
  • No minimums
  • Unlimited transactions
  • Unlimited payees (contractors, suppliers, etc.)
  • Unlimited users and bank accounts

Pricing:

  • Payments in Canada: $1.00/ transaction
  • Payments to US: $9.99/ transaction

Click here to see how much you’ll save.

Below is an example of how much you will save if you process 50 wire transfers in a month:

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Contact us here to learn about getting started today!

Oh, snap! Submit your receipts electronically

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Got a receipt? Capture it. Send it. Leave the rest to us, your #1 bookkeeper!

It’s that time of the year again! Remember the olden days when you had the cumbersome task of lugging bags of receipts the Homeroom office for your bookkeeping? Well, the FUTURE IS HERE!!!

The days of collecting paper are over.

We now have an option to submit your receipts electronically to us using the LedgerDocs app, while still getting regular accurate and timely reports.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the LedgerDocs App and use it to snap pictures of receipts and income invoices with your phone OR scan your docs and email them to your unique email address.
  2. Save yourself a trip to our office and relax knowing the rest is being taken care of by your bookkeeper!

LedgerDocs integrates with QuickBooks Online (QBO) allowing us to publish all of your expenses and income to your QBO file instantly.

You can even throw away your receipts once they are in LedgerDocs. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) officially accepts PDFs as supporting documentation.

We will also provide you with a back up of ALL your receipts if you decide to move on down the road.

Three ways to get your documents to LedgerDocs:

  1. Upload within LedgerDocs. Log in at www.ledgerdocs.com with your user ID and click on the green “upload to inbox” button to submit your photos or scans.
  2. Download the FREE app and use your cell phone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, etc) to take pictures of and upload your receipts.
  3. Forward attachments directly from your email (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc) using your unique LedgerDocs email address, which we will provide.

Contact us here if you would like us to set this up for you.

Happy snapping!