January 22, 2021
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Jan 5, 2021 – January TO DO List
- December payroll liabilities due January 15.
- Have books audited and prepared for the Annual General Meeting if you have a December 31 year end.
- Begin processing 2020 charitable tax receipts for donors.
- Apply for your HST Rebate if you are in a participating province and for all other provinces apply for your GST Rebate.
(Participating provinces are Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.)
Dec 4, 2020 – December TO DO List
- November payroll liabilities due December 15.
- Distribute 2021 offering envelopes.
- Ensure you are up-to-date on all financial records, donation records, and other items needed for year-end. If this can be done early in the month you will be able to enjoy the Christmas season knowing that you are ready for January.
- Arrange January appointments with accountant or auditors and begin preparation of as many items as possible.
(These last two items with the exception of donation records are assuming that you are working with a fiscal year that ends on December 31. Donation records and charitable receipts are always based on the calendar year which makes it easier for churches with a fiscal year end of December 31.)
Nov 9, 2020 – November TO DO List
- October payroll liabilities due November 15. Since this date falls on a Sunday, the due date shifts to the next business day which is Monday November 16.
- Pastors and other clergy who receive the Clergy Residence Deduction must complete the "Request to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source for Years(s)" Form T1213 if they wish to have their 2021 tax deductions reduced at source. It normally requires 6-8 weeks for CRA to review each application and grant permission, therefore, the form should be submitted in early November in order for approval to arrive before the first payday in January. Form T1213 can be located at the following link: T1213 Request to Reduce Tax Deductions at Source for Year(s)
- Prepare 2021 offering envelopes for distribution in December. If they have not yet arrived, determine where they are and place a rush on the order. If you are looking for a great supplier for offering envelopes, see the recommendation for the NCS Church Envelope Company on our Membership (Preferred Services) Page.
- Ensure offering records are in order and receipts are ready for completing 2020 donation receipts in January.
- Continue working on the 2021 budget with a goal of having the final draft completed by month end. This will allow time for other year end duties during December and January.
- Begin preparation for 2020 financial statements and the year-end audit or review.
(NOTE - the last two items are for those who have a calendar year fiscal year)
Oct 8, 2020 – October TO DO List
- September payroll liabilities due October 15.
- Continue working on the 2021 budget.
- If the 2021 offering envelopes have not arrived yet, check to make sure they have been ordered and determine their arrival date.
Sep 1, 2020 – September TO DO List
- August payroll liabilities due September 15.
- Pay all bills from summer events.
- Plan timetable for working on the first draft of the 2021 budget for those with a December 31 year end.
- Ensure 2021 offering envelopes have been ordered. If you are looking for a great supplier for offering envelopes, see the recommendation for the NCS Church Envelope Company on our Membership (Preferred Services) page.
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