Authorizing Representative

1. Log-in into your CRA MyAccount. Your screen should look something like this:

2. On a bottom right pane click on Authorize representative(s) link.

CRA MyAccount Landing Page

3. On a following screen you will need to specify your representative RepID. Enter it in an appropriate text box and proceed to the next step.

4. Specify Level of Authorization and weather or not to grant Online Access.

CRA MyAccount Representative authorization

5. Finally, review representative and level of authorization that you have granted access to your information. If everything is correct – tick check box, and click Authorize button.

CRA MyAccount Representative Review

Go Paperless. Register with CRA Online Services.

Why Register?

Once you register for e-mail notifications from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you will be notified about important changes on your account. So, compared to the traditional mail, you get notified right away.

For instance, you will receive an email when:

  • you have new CRA mail to view in My Account
  • your address is changed
  • your banking information for direct deposit is changed
  • your marital status is changed
  • your authorized representative information is changed
  • mail sent to you by the CRA has been returned, meaning you need to update your mailing address
  • you give Employment and Social Development Canada consent to share your information and it is updated with the CRA

Which Mail Will You Receive Electronically?

Some examples of CRA mail you can currently receive online include:

  • notices of assessment and re-assessment
  • benefit notices and slips
  • T1 adjustment notices
  • installment reminders
  • for some programs, letters asking for information and documentation

Where to Register?

  • Go to MyCRA page following this link.
  • Click on CRA Register button. It will take you to Identity Validation step.
Have your SIN, address, and copy of filed T1 ready.

After successfully following the instructions, you should get to the notice saying that your access code was sent by mail, and you should be able to log-in to your CRA MyAccount page.

Adopted from Email notifications from the CRA – Individuals.

Pricing Your Services in 4 Steps.

Does Your Business Charges 
Right Hourly Rate?

1. Identify Direct Costs

First of all, identify the cost items that your business incurs throughout the year directly when providing services. Example: employee billable hours, supplies, or travel costs. These costs can be traced directly to any given project provided to a client. In essence, these are direct costs of providing service to your clients.

2. Sum-up Overhead Costs

Second of all, identify your indirect costs that your business incurs throughout the year as a result of its operations. These costs cannot be traced directly to any given project provided to a client. Instead, they are allocated based on percentage or allocation driver. Example: banking fees, office rental costs, office supplies. These costs are necessary for operating your business, but are not directly traceable to any given project provided to your clients.

3. Remember Your Profits

Business is meant to generate profits on a long-run. Determine the profit that your business should generate during a year.

4. Identify Total Hours Billed

Lastly, calculate total hours your business billed clients throughout the year.

Conclusion

Finally, to obtain your business hourly billing rate, add Direct Costs, Overhead Costs, and Profit together, and divide this sum by Total Hours Billed.

This will give you hourly rate you should charge to cover direct costs, overhead costs, and leave business with desired profits.

Keep in mind, that throughout the year demand on for your business service may change, which in turn would impact the bottom line.

Have additional questions or need consultation?

Contact Alexandre Comptabilité Spécialisé Ltée for more information at (613) 882-8404 or inbox@activcount.ca

Creating Expense Categories

Listing expenses by categories can be useful for reporting purposes and operations analysis of your business. However, there is no black-and-white rule creating a list of expenses. The fewer number of categories may not be suitable to obtain useful information, while having too many categories may create an overwhelming amount of information to process. This post is aimed to help you in creating the list of expense categories for analysis and reporting purposes.

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