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About Cougar Ridge Bookkeeping

We know that to be successful in business, keeping good records is vital. We also know that operating a successful business takes hours of dedication and hard work. For many, it means that the bookkeeping gets put on the "to-do list". We are here to help you!

Clear the Clutter and Stay Organized!

Is your home office/workspace bursting at the seams with clutter and paperwork? If so, that clutter may be keeping you from effectively managing your business.  Surrounding yourself in paperwork and clutter only adds stress to the already overwhelming job of … Continue reading

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Can you afford not to file?

I attended a workshop recently where part of the discussion was about how the Canada Revenue Agency penalizes those who do not file and/or pay their taxes on time.  It got me to thinking that most people do not truly … Continue reading

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How do I reduce my bookkeeping bill?

In times of economic downturns, businesses start looking for ways to reduce their expenses.  While reviewing your business activities on a regular basis is absolutely essential to your business success at all times, it is even more important in times like … Continue reading

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Changes in GST/HST returns coming…

You may have recently received a notice in your mail from CRA regarding the changes they will be making to the GST/HST return access codes and forms. If you haven’t received a notice (or if you happened to just throw … Continue reading

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Four Quick tips for handling your receipts

At this time of year, with tax season in full swing, we often see clients that we have not seen since last year at this time.  They come to us with their receipts and paperwork for the entire past year … Continue reading

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Preparing for the end of your fiscal year…

 As a business owner, you have probably heard your bookkeeper and accountant talking about your “Fiscal Year” or year-end.  This may have lead to your questions of  “What is a fiscal year and when is it?” Your fiscal year is … Continue reading

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Boxing Day – A statutory holiday or not?

Wow!  How time has flown by this month.  We are just over a week away from Christmas Day!  With that comes the question about holiday pay for your employees. We all know that Christmas Day is a statutory (general) holiday … Continue reading

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Hiring Credit for Small Businesses

If you are an employer, you will be interested to learn that the Canada Revenue Agency has extended the Hiring Credit for the 2013 payroll year. The CRA website says: “The 2011 federal budget created a hiring credit for small … Continue reading

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We all LOVE Christmas bonuses…

It is coming up to that time of year again where businesses are starting to think about Christmas parties and whether or not they will be giving their employees a Christmas bonus.  If you are an employer, be sure you … Continue reading

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Registering for a GST number: Do I really need one?

In my opinion, the answer to that question is YES! The Canada Revenue Agency does not require you to register for a GST number if: You are a small supplier and you meet one of the following conditions: ■ you … Continue reading

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