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A small business tax plan in Canada that you've never heard of

Posted by K. F. on June 23, 2015

Buried deep inside Canada's Income Tax Act and bulletins, there is a secret tax plan for small business owners . This tax free vehicle has been used by thousands of in-the-know Canadian business owners for almost 20 years.

Let's take a look at what you've been missing.

Reduce your taxes with the HSA

The HSA or better known as Health Spending Account, is a small business tax plan available to small business owners across Canada.  Based on section 248 (1) of the Income Tax Act and CRA Bulletin IT 339R2, small business owners have been taking advantage of this tax break for over two decades.

Instead of paying for medical expenses personally, as an after tax expense, small business owners can pay for medical expenses through their business, using before tax dollars through a Health Spending Account.

By converting your expenses from personal to business, you effectively reduce the amount of tax you pay on the cost of your medical bills.  If you have a personal tax rate of 40% and spend about $3,000 a year on your family's medical expenses, your business will save about $2,000 in taxes.

Who Qualifies?

You qualify for a Health Spending Account if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Operate a business in Canada
  2. Have medical expenses
  3. Pay income taxes

What expenses can I claim?

You can claim 100% of a wide variety of medical expenses ranging from orthodontics, laser eye surgery, and prescription drugs. Find out if your upcoming family medical expense are going to be eligible for your HSA in Canada. 

How do I set up a HSA?

The first step would be to research providers as a Health Spending Account should be administered by a third party administrator.  Don't just shop on price. Look for transparency, reputation, and infrastructure. Next, make sure you understand the guidelines. Speaking to your accountant is a good idea for clarification.

Are you a small business owner in Canada? Find out why Health Spending Accounts are such an attractive option for your business.

Beginner's Guide to Health Spending Accounts