How to Prepare Your Taxes if You are Self-Employed

Steps You can Take to Prepare for Year-End as a Self-Employed Individual

Working for yourself has its benefits, but when it comes to calculating your taxes, you may run into a few challenges. If you are self-employed and need to prepare your income tax return, figuring out how to claim various business-related expenses may not always be as straight-forward as reporting your income if you are a part of a larger corporation. If you are reporting your income for the first time as a self-employed individual, read on to learn more about the steps you can take when it comes to year-end preparation.

How to Prepare Your Taxes if You are Self-Employed

According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), self-employment income may come from the following: a business, profession, commissions and / or farming and fishing. If you have multiple sources of self-employment income, separating your incomes and expenses by type is a good place to start. Here are some further steps you can take when preparing for year-end as a self-employed individual:

  • Gather your personal details including Social Insurance numbers for you, your spouse and any dependents, dates of birth for all of above and any other tax information such as T slips and anything else you would report outside of your self-employment activities.
  • Next, you will need to have on hand any self-employment information including the name and address of your business, the industry code and your GST/HST number, partnership number or business identification number if applicable.
  • Assemble all your documents that show how much you earned in self-employment income and claim all your business related expenses. If you need assistance, a professional bookkeeper can help.

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