|a.||Have personal non-tax deductible debts, such as a home mortgage, and|
|b.||Own a practice, which operates as a proprietorship or partnership, and|
|c.||Have built up value in the practice.|
You can get a tax deduction for interest expense on loans, which would otherwise have been personal non tax-deductible debt.
What is the Tax Savings?
|Interest rate (approximate)||6%|
|Tax bracket (approximate)||46%|
|Annual Tax Savings||$16,560|
How to do it?
|a) General Concepts:|
|1.||Set up two (2) bank chequing accounts.|
|2.||Expenses of practice are paid from first bank account, referred to as “Expense Account”.|
|3.||Revenues of practice are deposited into second bank account, referred to as “Revenue Account”.|
|4.||Loans from bank gets deposited into “Expense Account” and used to pay practice expenses.|
|5.||Revenues are withdrawn from Revenue Account and used to pay off non tax deductible debt such as home/cottage mortgage.|
|Only business and capital expenditures (equipment, computers, office renovations) should be paid out of the “Expense Account”.
Therefore, the “Expense Account” may pay any of the following provided they are reasonable:
|a)||Dental/medical supplies and lab fees.|
|h)||Legal and accounting|
|j)||Maintenance and repairs|
|l)||Bank charges and interest related to the expense account|
|m)||Any other cost required to operate the practice|
|The expense account should not pay any of the following:|
|i)||The nondeductible portion of meals and entertainment and car expenses;|
|ii)||Draws to the dentist;|
|iii)||Any nondeductible fringe benefits paid to employees;|
|iv)||Any other expenditure, which are not deductible for business purposes.|
Tax Department’s Perspective:
Since the loan was used and can be traced to business expenses, the interest on the loan is tax deductible as such interest was incurred in order to earn income.
It is important that the audit trail is strictly adhered to, otherwise CRA, the Tax department, could deny the deduction.