Last updated: March 23, 2020
Here are some steps to minimize
COVID-19's impact on your small business
Don't underestimate it for a minute
This is bigger than a recession. Bigger than 9/11 or SARS. How you and your business respond to this crisis with affect you are your family for years. Take it very seriously.
Keep Your Customers
You may not be open for business, but don't stop communicating with customers. Social media, email, phone calls, whatever. They'll return when you're open for business
Be Honest With Employees
If your employees can work effectively from home, do it.
If you can afford it, keep paying them.
They'll appreciate you in the future.
If you can't afford it, lay them off,
give them ROEs so they can apply for EI
Keep them informed by regular email, or video conferencing
Work With Your Suppliers
Let them know if you are open, what you're purchases will be and when you can pay them. Seek extended payment terms and if you succeed, stick to them.
Use CRA My Business Account to access Government Supports
If you don't have CRA My Business Account access, get it ASAP. Benefits are available faster through online than other methods. Ask your Accountant for help- most now have Represent A Client access to your account already.
Get setup for direct deposit of all benefits.
File HST returns on time-
Even if you can't pay
Gov Can tax filing has extended the income tax filing deadlines, but HST filing and payment deadlines remain the same. Avoid 10% ++ late filing penalties by filing on time. If you don't know your next filing deadline - talk to your accountant fast!
Paying HST late will result in interest charges at 6% per year
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