March 1, 2019
QuickBooks Online Or QuickBooks Desktop?
For some, Quickbooks Online is their QuickBooks of choice if they are looking for a go anywhere with them mobile program. It is a simple program that has options such as the ability to link with a variety of other apps (additional costs may apply) to help individuals get their information into QuickBooks in a streamlined manner through a number of these other specialized programs. QuickBooks online makes it easy for more than one person in more than one location to have access to and work on their books at one time, including one's bookkeeper and tax preparer. QuickBooks Online and an individual's data operate and are hosted in the Cloud rather than on one's own computer. At the current time, QuickBooks Online is available only as a perpetual subscription.
Most people looking for bookkeeping software first see the advertising for QuickBooks Online. QuickBooks Desktop is still an awesome program as well. It is the ultimate in fast, powerful and responsive. QuickBooks Desktop is still the software we recommend for many businesses because of its versatility and ability to easily and predictably handle all aspects of bookkeeping and accounting from payroll to inventory like a sleek, high-powered racehorse. QuickBooks desktop allows more than one person to have access and work on a file at a time. QuickBooks Desktop Pro usually retails for around $299 Canadian - once. Add in a free trial and 30% discount a QuickBooks Proadvisor like Town & Country Bookkeeping, Training & Tax Inc. can provide you through Intuit, and the price drops to around $200. It is frequently on sale at other retail locations, and it is good for your laptop or tablet too, so it can also be somewhat mobile. QuickBooks desktop is available in a one-time purchase price or a perpetual subscription.
February 23, 2017
Canada Ontario Job Grant
If you are an employee of an unrelated employer (i.e. you are not the employee of your own corporation), or you are an employer looking to provide training for your employee, you may qualify for the Canada Ontario Job Grant covering 2/3's of the cost of training for employees.
August 28, 2015
QuickBooks training is a great way to get in touch with your numbers. Time and time again, I hear from someone who contacted me in order to take one-on-one QuickBooks training that it helped them understand their numbers, make a better profit, save money and take charge of their business.
April 6, 2014
Summer Company 2014 - Its Just Around The Corner!
If you are a student between the ages of 15 - 29 returning to school in the fall check out the Ontario Summer Company program. Be your own boss. Maximum grant $3,000.
Last year's Summer Companies were inspiring and innovative. Check out some of last year's Summary Company students:
Early Spring 2014
Ontario General Minimum Wage Raises to $11/hour effective June 1, 2014.
June 26, 2012
Summer Company is a wonderful initiative of the Ontario Government to help young people (ages 15-29) begin a new business through a start-up award, business training and community mentoring. This year I am once again lucky to work with young and innovative Ontario Summer Company students from both the Kingston and Smiths Falls area. I love everyone's great ideas and enthusiasm! Kudos to Cindy James and Shannon Derbyshire from the Lanark North Leeds Enterprise Centre in Smiths Falls and Rebecca Darling, Mary Ann Walmsley and Jan Dines from the Entrepreneurship Centre at KEDCO in Kingston for running Summer Company 2012!
March 12, 2012
It's Tax Time!
The CRA income tax return filing deadline for sole proprietors and non-incorporated partnerships is June 15, 2012 for the 2011 tax year, however, any tax owing is due in full by April 30, 2012. These deadlines also apply to spouses and common-law partners of these individuals. Some individuals may have to pay their tax in advance by installments. Click here for CRA details.
January 1, 2012
Employers: Expect Canada Pension Plan Changes in 2012 for employees aged 60-70
September 28, 2011
NEW for 2011! Hiring Credit For Small Business (HCSB)
To see if you are eligible for this one-time credit that pays up to $1,000 and was recently set up to help stimulate new employment, check out this link:
September 16, 2011
The next workshop to be presented by Town & Country Bookkeeping & Training:
Preparing Financial Documents on September 29, 2011 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Centre at KEDCO in Kingston
August 26, 2011
Did you know - Reduced recordkeeping requirements for vehicles?
Businesses (starting in 2009) can choose to maintain a full vehicle logbook for one complete year to establish the business use of a vehicle in a base year. After one complete year as a base year, a three month simplified logbook can be used to extrapolate business use of the vehicle for the entire year, providing the usage is within 10% of the results of the base year? Click here for more information.
August 5, 2011
Hours of Work - Ontario Ministry of Labour
Employers need agreements for the employees to work more than 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week. Any instance of exceeding this requires a written agreement between the employer and the employee. Failure to have this agreement in place can result in fines of more than $200 per day per employee. In no case can an employee work more than 12 hours per day unless special authorization is provided from Ontario Ministry of Labour. For full information see hours of work at: