JTT Accounting is your trusted bookkeeping partner in business. Whether you’re a small business owner or a freelancer, we can help you keep your financial affairs in order.
Check through this list of frequently asked questions if you need more clarity on why you need JTT Accounting to handle your books.
Q: How do I know if my business needs a bookkeeper?
A: Most business owners start their company using the “bootstrapping” method. That means that you need to keep expenses as lean as possible while building your business and your income streams. During this phase, most business owners handle all aspects of the company until they can afford to hire help.
However, when your business reaches that inflection point and starts to grow, it’s time to bring a team into your business. Delaying the hiring of a bookkeeper or bookkeeping service can be detrimental to the financial health of your business.
Q: Why should I outsource my bookkeeping to JTT Accounting?
A: Why go to the expense and hassle of hiring an in-house bookkeeper when you can outsource it? Hiring employees exposes you to risk. With an outsourcing partner like JTT Accounting, you don’t have to worry about paying us benefits, and there is no chance of you incurring employer liability for your services.
With JTT Accounting, you have a team that is available to you at all times. We don’t take sick leave or paid leave, and we’re always ready to update you on your financial position.
Q: Can I maintain financial control of my business if I hand over my bookkeeping responsibilities to JTT Accounting?
A: Yes, you retain complete control over your business finances when hiring JTT Accounting to handle your bookkeeping.
It’s our job to give you feedback on your business finances and the direction you need to make your business profitable while growing your impact in the market. You maintain full control of all financial and business decisions.
Q: If I already have an accountant, do I need a bookkeeper?
A: If you already have an accountant for your business, the chances are that you’re doing your books yourself.
Accountants are there to interpret the data from the bookkeeper, processing it into your tax return and financial statements.
Using an accountant to handle your books is overkill, and you can save on your costs by hiring a bookkeeper to manage your daily financial tracking.
Q: Do I need a local bookkeeper?
A: Many people choose to outsource their accounting to companies based in other provinces around Canada. However, we feel that you’ll be better off choosing a local accounting and bookkeeping service.
You are at their mercy when your accounting partner is far away from your physical location. With JTT Accounting, we have premises in Toronto, and we service the entire GTA.
Choose JTT Accounting for your local accounting and bookkeeping partner. We’re here to help.
Q: What accounting software does JTT Accounting support with its bookkeeping services?
A: JTT Accounting can work with your existing software setup. Our expert bookkeepers and accountants have experience in working with any accounting software. From QuickBooks to Point-of-Sale systems that interface with your accounting software, we have advisors that can handle any tech setup for your business.
Q: Does JTT Accounting handle my sales tax?
A: Yes, JTT Accounting will register your company with the Department of Revenue. We’ll prepare all the required supporting documents and file your companies sales tax returns.
Q: Who does JTT Accounting use to manage my bookkeeping?
A: JTT Accounting is a team of highly educated and professionally trained accountants and bookkeepers. We take numbers seriously, and our dedicated account managers will ensure your business gets the financial attention it deserves. We give you a single point of contact, ensuring that your bookkeeper is always available for any queries.
Q: What is the difference between a Profit & Loss (P&L) and a balance sheet?
A: With a P&L statement, accountants use the following formula to calculate net profit.
- Income – Direct Costs = Gross Profit – Expenses = Net Profit
Your bookkeeper uses the following formula when calculating your balance sheet.
- Assets – Liabilities = Equity
It’s important to note that net profit doesn’t mean the cash the business has in its bank account. Several cash expenses are not included on the P&L statement, such as outstanding loan repayments.
Q: Does JTT Accounting handle my payroll?
A: Yes, JTT Accounting is a comprehensive accounting and bookkeeping service. We’ll handle your payroll and keep you compliant.
Q: Do I need to clean up my books before handing them to JTT Accounting?
A: No, JTT Accounting is a fully comprehensive accounting and bookkeeping service. We don’t need you to have everything in order when you hire us. Our team of trained professionals will take that old shoebox of receipts and turn it into legible financial statements, and we’ll bring your books up to date.
We only require basic information surrounding your business, yourself, and your employees when managing your books. We’ll prepare everything for you and let you know if we need supporting documents or other information.
Q: What records do I need to keep, and how long do I need to keep them?
A: We recommend that you keep your tax returns and all supporting documents included with your returns for at least three years. However, this period may vary, depending on the document types and transactions the business engages in with the market.
If your return omits more than 25% of your annual income, you can expect the CRA to go as far back as five to six years when they audit your accounts. If they find evidence of financial fraud, they may go back as far as they like to determine if you’re cheating on your taxes.
If you own your business premises, you’ll need to keep all real estate records going back at least three years. The same regulations apply to the sale of stocks and securities.
You’ll also need to keep payroll tax records for at least four years after the filing date for employee returns. Some of the documents required include W-4 forms, tax deposit records, and payroll returns.
You’ll also need to keep copies of your worker health coverage forms for a minimum of three years after the filing deadline. You’ll need to keep the records of asset costs, depreciation, and other relevant information concerning deductions for decades.