Year-End Guide: December 2021

Year-End Guide: December 2021

Year-end guide: December 2021

It’s a good idea to perform certain year-end tasks with your financial records at the end of the calendar year. Some of the tasks are just good financial housekeeping, while others are required by the government.

Fortunately, you can spread the tasks over the period from December to February.

The following sections outline information about the tasks to perform in each month, as well as employee-related tasks for the end of the year.

December tasks

December is a good time to tie up loose ends for the closing year, to make profit distributions, and to start preparing for tax time with your accountant.

Create and send customer statements

The end of the year is a good time to remind your customers of any outstanding balances that they owe to you, or to send them a statement of their activity throughout the year.

Make distributions

It’s not mandatory, but you can choose to distribute profits (also known as Retained Earnings) to the owners or partners at the end of the year.

Prepare for taxes

Many small business owners use an accountant, especially at tax time.

If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to give your accountant access to your QuickBooks Online company so they can review your financial reports and other data, and even make any necessary changes before the end of the year.

January tasks

January is when you should reconcile your accounts, prepare summary reports, and (optionally) close your books for the previous calendar year.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s also a good time to get in touch with your accountant and talk about preparing for tax time.

Reconcile your accounts

At the end of the year, and when you prepare your taxes, you’ll want to have the most up-to-date and correct information in your financial reports. Reconciling can help ensure that.

When you reconcile an account, you compare the beginning balance and transactions listed in your QuickBooks Online company file with your monthly bank or credit card statements to make sure they match. Reconciling is like balancing a chequebook, as you review your bank statement to make sure it matches the amounts you recorded in your cheque register.

The process helps to ensure that important financial reports, like your Balance Sheet, are accurate.

Reconciling can seem intimidating if you haven’t done it before, or if you haven’t done it for a while if we can be of assistance please get in touch

Run Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss reports

The start of the new year is the natural time to run reports and evaluate how your business performed over the previous year.

Running reports is also an essential part of preparing for taxes.

The two most important reports that you and your accountant will need are the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss reports, and it’s a good idea to run these reports at the beginning of the year. Make sure the date range in the Transaction Date field for these reports covers the year you’re reporting on.

February tasks

The bulk of your year-end work should be complete by February, with just a task or two to finish up and prepare for taxes.

Prepare for taxes

An accountant is a valuable resource, especially at tax time. If you don’t have one or are looking for a change give us a call 

Payroll – Do you have employees?

If you have employees (not independent consultants or contractors), there are additional tasks you should complete at the end of the year, along with additional government forms to file and deadlines to meet.

  • If you use standard QuickBooks Online Payroll, you can access information about year-end payroll tasks in QuickBooks Online by selecting Employees from the left menu, and then selecting Payroll year-end guide.
  • If you use a different payroll provider, it’s important that you consult them for items and forms to complete for the end of the year.

Review these important direct deposit cut-off dates as you plan your year-end payroll work.

Payroll dateApprove payroll by
December 24, 2021December 22, 2021
December 25, 2021N/A on holiday
December 26, 2021N/A on holiday
December 27, 2021N/A on holiday
December 28, 2021N/A on holiday
December 29, 2021December 23, 2021
December 30, 2021December 24, 2021
December 31, 2021December 29, 2021
January 1, 2022N/A on holiday
January 3, 2022N/A on holiday
January 4, 2022December 30, 2021
January 5, 2022December 31, 2021

Other dates to remember

As you work through your year-end plan, don’t forget these important dates for your T4 and RL-1 forms.

  • January 4, 2022- Electronic filing options are available online with Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec.
  • February 28, 2022- The deadline to export your T4 file and submit T4s and RL-1s with CRA and Revenue Quebec. You also must provide your employees a copy for their own records, which they use to do their personal income tax. 

 

 

New ROE (Record of Employment) submission process in QuickBooks Online Payroll

New ROE (Record of Employment) submission process in QuickBooks Online Payroll

The new ROE process in QuickBooks Online Payroll allows you to generate an ROE, download it as a .BLK file, and upload the file to Service Canada.

QuickBooks Payroll will guide you through ROE generation, ensuring the same level of validation as ROE Web. The benefit of having this process in QBP is that the product will help identify any issues in the form so you can correct before submitting. QuickBooks error identification is based on information provided by Service Canada.

If you wish to review and understand that information, Service Canada has a thorough block-by-block explanation of all ROE fields available here.

If an error is displayed while completing your ROE, you will need to close the ROE submission and go back into the product to fix the error. We have listed the necessary walkthroughs by ROE Block in order to guide you through error correction.

Block 4, 7 and 21

Update Business Information

Block 5

Update Federal Tax Information (CRA Payroll Number)

Block 6, 8, 9 and 10

Update Employee Details

Note: Block 6 edits can have significant impacts on Block 15C; it is advised that changes to Block 6 are discussed with your accountant.

Block 11 and 12

Update Last Day Worked and Final Pay:

To update these blocks, click Cancel at the bottom-left to exit the Review ROE screen. Navigate to the Employment section under the terminated employee’s profile and make the necessary updates.

Visit this link for instructions on each block.

Block 15 A, B and C

Review and Update Insurable Earnings

Block 16

Update employee details

Note: The first and last name, area code, and phone number must all be present. The first name must be 20 characters or less and the last name must be 28 characters or less.

Block 17 and 19

Update Other Payments (Separation Pay/Sick Leave/Paternity Leave, etc.)

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