zone Help For Small Business Owners Faced With Canada Revenue Agency Audit
Personal Services Business

Personal Services Business

If you are a self employed small business owner, you need to protect yourself from being considered a personal services business by Canada’s Revenue Agency (CRA).


A personal services business will endure hefty tax expenses, as it is not eligible for the significant tax reduction that small businesses receive.  CA4IT Member firms offers small business consultation and tax preparation services to protect small businesses and maximize their tax savings.


Personal services businesses are extremely limited in the expenses they can deduct for tax purposes. The only deductible expenses are employee wages and salary, as opposed to small business deductions which also include employee training, transportation and advertising deductions. In addition, personal services businesses  are subject to pay a much higher corporate tax rate, they do not receive the lowered corporate tax rate to which small businesses are entitled to.


A personal services business is small scale operation that provides services to a corporation in which the individual providing the service could be reasonably regarded as an employee of the corporation that is receiving the service. Those at risk for personal services business classification include independent consultants with only one “client” (especially if they are in a long term contract) and corporations with under 5 full-time employees.


It is vital to protect your business from being considered a personal service corporation; if you file your taxes claiming the Small Business Deduction and business expenses and are found to be a personal services business, you will be subject to large tax penalties. Fortunately, there are some preventative measures small business owners can take to mitigate the risk of being deemed a Personal Service Busines:


  1. Compose a clearly worded contract for each client that establishes your services, and follow through with each working relationship.
  2. Have a client base that is as diverse as possible. Having a single client as the source of 100% of your revenue can put you at risk for being considered a personal services business.
  3. Protect your financial assets through various measures, including putting assets under the name of a non-working spouse.

If your small business is facing a tax audit with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), we can help.  Our Member firms have decades of experience dealing with clients just like you.  Get the trusted expertise to  help save your small business from unnecessary tax expenses. Our member firms enable you to make the most out of your revenue!