Understanding the CRA Unreported Income Formula: Accounting for GST/HST and Changes in A/R

Why should a business owner be concerned about their account’s receivable balance during a tax audit? The answer to this question has to do with how the Canada Revenue Agency (‘CRA’) normally calculates unreported income while performing a factual audit. CRA ‘Unreported Income’ Formula In most scenarios, the CRA auditor starts collecting data for the […]

Completing a GST/HST Return with Spreadsheet-Based Method Data

When preparing returns from poor or damaged corporate records, several forms of data reconciliation are required. As previously described, the spreadsheet-based method is a useful tool for preparing certain data reconciliations. In its first form of reconciliation, the spreadsheet-based method focuses on the preparation of financial statements, specifically the income statement and balance sheet. Financial […]

Converting Corporate Bank Statements to Financial Statements: A last-resort, spreadsheet-based method

The purpose of this document is to illustrate a spreadsheet-based method to assist in compiling financial statements from corporate bank account data. Use of this method may be appropriate in cases where a corporation has fallen behind on its accounting responsibilities; is undergoing a corporate tax or trust exam audit with lost, incomplete or erroneous records; or when an inactive corporation has few transactions in a reporting period and requires financial statements in short order.