Construction & Trades

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Accountants In The Unique Challenges of Accounting For Construction & Trades Businesses

If you have a construction or trade business, and you’re struggling with taxes, ask our tax accountants for guided solutions to accounting for construction businesses in Toronto. We’ll help you decide which of your construction expenses you can list in your tax returns as deductibles. You can also benefit from a custom-designed accounting solution for your construction business with our tax and accounting services.

All your construction business-related expenses can be counted as tax deductibles so you’re liable to pay less in taxes. You can also keep separate bank accounts to mainstream your tax payments and make accounting easier for your business. Reach out to us to benefit from our cloud-based accounting solutions for your construction business.

Tax Issues for Construction & Trades Businesses

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Business Deductions for Construction & Trades Businesses

Tax deductible expenses include:

  • Construction Supplies
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Rental expenses
  • Travel expenses – Make travel deductible in a legal way.
  • Storage costs
  • Waste disposal costs
  • Marketing/branding, e.g. to develop your brand logo when selling your own brand
  • Insurance
  • Union dues
  • Subcontractors
  • Accounting
  • Payroll
HST Issues for Construction & Trades Businesses
  • Keep a separate bank account for HST and tax (transfer ~20% income to this account) – HST is not your income, you only collect for CRA
  • Ask for and keep a record of HST numbers for subcontractors.

Accounting Issues for Construction & Trades Businesses

  • Use a Cloud-based Accounting System, ask us about your options.
  • Set up a proper chart of accounts to fit your operations.
  • Keep concise records of purchases and income regardless if the transaction is electronic or by cash. – CRA can request audits of supplier records (i.e. – Home Depot, Lowes, Rona, etc.), keeping a complete record of expenses helps prevent issues that may arise from these audits.
  • Use mobile apps to track mileage for business.
  • Work-In-Progress needs to be reported as income in correct way – ask us
  • Issue invoices for all projects and work.
  • Be aware of fluctuations in your operations for seasonal businesses, ask us today

Payroll Issues for Construction & Trades Businesses

Payroll Management for Construction & Trades Businesses
  • Make sure all employees are on your payroll system.
  • Understand payroll laws and regulations for different payroll scenarios (I.e. – holiday pay, vacation pay, overtime pay).
  • Our office provides a complete hassle-free payroll system, contact us for more details.
  • High turnover can complicate payroll, we can help simplify your payroll management.
  • Keep a concise record of subcontractors, including personal information for reporting purposes.
  • Report casual labour and subcontractors on T5018 tax slips.


Workers Compensation and EHT for Construction & Trades Businesses
  • If your gross payroll exceeds $450,000, you will be required to remit the Employee
  • Health Tax to the Ontario Government. Ask us if this situation applies to you.
  • You may be liable to pay Worker’s Compensation Insurance for all provinces that your business operates in. Ask us for more details.
  • Ensure you are classifying your business correctly when applying for a WSIB account.
  • Owners of construction businesses may be required to remit WSIB on their income. Ask us.
    Collect WSIB clearance certificates from subcontractors.

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