Why Is It So Important To Keep All Your Receipts?

Why Maintaining Financial Records Is Crucial For Record Keeping?

Maintaining financial records is crucial for record-keeping to track expenses, monitor cash flow, and ensure accurate budgeting. By keeping all receipts, businesses can easily review past transactions, identify any discrepancies or errors, and have a clear understanding of their financial health. This information is invaluable for making informed financial decisions.

Can credit cards or bank statements serve as proof of purchase for business deductions?

It is important to keep track of receipts, bank statements, credit card statements, cancelled checks, bills or invoices from suppliers and service providers to have an acceptable proof of purchase for business deductions. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may require any of these documents. Without the appropriate documentation, the CRA won’t allow your deductions. It is always better to be safe than sorry. While credit card or bank statements could be used to support your claim, they may not be enough. In recent years, some CRA auditors have required all receipts to be provided to support an expense for it to be deductible.

What information is necessary to include on receipts?

Your receipts must contain the following information:
– The date of the purchase
– The name and address of the seller or supplier
– Your business name and address
– A full description of the goods or services you bought
– Information about the GST/HST you paid on your expenses

The Significance Of Retaining Receipts For Business Expenses And Proof Of Payment

Retaining receipts for business expenses and proof of payment is crucial for accurate record-keeping and financial management. It helps businesses track their spending, claim tax deductions, and provide evidence in case of audits or disputes. Keeping all receipts ensures transparency and accountability in financial transactions, safeguarding the company’s financial health.


The Role Of Receipts In Tax Deductions And Savings

Receipts are essential when it comes to tax deductions and savings. It’s important to keep all receipts for deductible expenses, such as business expenses, charitable donations, and others. This can help to reduce taxable income. If you don’t have receipts, it can be challenging to prove these expenses to the CRA, which may cause you to miss out on valuable deductions.

Maximizing Expense Deductions through Detailed Expense Tracking

Accurately tracking expenses is crucial for businesses looking to maximize expense deductions and maintain financial accountability. Saving all receipts and keeping detailed records of expenses can help ensure that eligible costs are fully deducted and reported accurately. Additionally, this level of thoroughness can help prevent any discrepancies or errors in deductions, making it an essential practice for businesses of all sizes.

How Receipts Aid In Budgeting And Financial Planning

Receipts aid in budgeting and financial planning by providing a clear record of expenses. By keeping receipts, businesses can accurately track their spending habits and identify areas where they may be overspending. This information is crucial for creating a realistic budget and making informed decisions about saving and investing money.

Compliance With Regulatory Requirements: How Electronic Record-Keeping Can Ensure Legal Compliance For Your Business

Electronic record-keeping can help businesses comply with regulatory requirements by ensuring accurate and organized documentation of transactions. This can include tax records, financial statements, and other important documents that may need to be submitted to government agencies. By using digital receipts and electronic record-keeping, businesses can easily access and provide necessary information when required.

Avoiding Disputes And Returns: The Value Of Keeping Receipts

Keeping all your receipts is crucial for avoiding disputes and returns. Having proof of purchase can help resolve any issues that may arise, such as incorrect charges or faulty products. It also ensures that you can return items easily if they do not meet your expectations, saving you time and hassle.

Tracking Expenses: How Receipts Help With Expense Management

Tracking expenses is essential for effective expense management, and receipts play a crucial role in this process. By keeping all your receipts, you can accurately monitor your spending, identify areas where you may be overspending, and make informed decisions about your budget. Receipts provide a detailed record of your financial transactions.

Protecting Against Fraud And Identity Theft With Proper Record-Keeping

Proper record-keeping, including keeping all receipts, is crucial in protecting against fraud and identity theft. By having a detailed paper trail of purchases and transactions, individuals can easily identify any unauthorized charges or suspicious activities on their accounts. This can help prevent financial loss and potential damage to one’s credit score.

The Importance Of Keeping All Your Receipts For Proof Of Purchase

Keeping all your receipts is crucial for proof of purchase. In case you need to return or exchange an item, having the receipt will make the process much smoother. It also serves as evidence in case of disputes with a seller or warranty claims. Keeping receipts ensures you have a record of your transactions.

Environmental Benefits Of Digital Receipts And Electronic Record-keeping

Opting for digital receipts and electronic record-keeping can significantly reduce paper waste and help protect the environment. This eco-friendly approach reduces the need to print receipts on paper, saving trees and reducing carbon emissions associated with paper production and transportation. It’s a small change that can make a big impact.

Real Business Stories: Bookkeeping Case Study

To illustrate the types of challenges we help businesses overcome, consider a real-world bookkeeping story from a local construction company.


When we began working with them, their bookkeeping was seriously behind. However, with our help, they were able to get back on track and achieve the kind of results that you, too, can expect when you partner with Pro Vision Bookkeeping to manage your business’s books.

The Problem Discovered

Pro Vision Bookkeeping once came across a growing company called Reliable Construction (not its real name).


However, the owner had entrusted bookkeeping responsibilities to a receptionist who had only received minimal training in bookkeeping.


As a result, the receptionist could not maintain accurate records of the business transactions, leading to incomplete and outdated bookkeeping or, in simpler terms, a disaster.


The owner was primarily focused on production and was always present at the job site. He had no knowledge of bookkeeping and could not even open Quickbooks. On the surface, everything looked good. He was content with the cash coming into the bank and assumed that his business was doing well.


This, in turn, caused significant issues that we need to address regarding Reliable Construction:

  1. No HST has been filed for almost two years.
  2. The previous corporation income tax returns have not been filed.
  3. Not filling out HST and Income tax returns resulted in about $60,000 in penalties and interest.
  4. The owner used personal credit cards for business purposes.
  5. Some expenses from personal credit cards for business purposes were accounted for as a total balance per type of expense without vendor names per each transaction instead of posting each transaction as per the source document separately. It made it impossible to see each transaction individually and actual costs per vendor.
  6. Most of the receipts from personal credit cards for business purposes were not provided for accounting purposes. The owner withdrew the amount he spent for business purposes from the business account and assumed it would somehow create expenses for business purchases.
  7. The funds withdrawn from the business bank account were accounted for as a shareholder’s loan. No business expenses were recorded since no receipts for business purchases were provided. Thus, the resulting withdrawn funds must be returned to the company, or it will create an income for the owner he does not have. Income was overstated for the company since no business expenses were recorded for receipts that had not been accounted for.
  8. HST amount was not calculated for receipts not accounted for. The amount withdrawn was about $80,000 without providing receipts to expense.
  9. Accounts receivables had numerous unpaid and significantly aged invoices. Some were duplicates, and others were no longer relevant. Those invoices overstated income, as well as HST and income tax due.
  10. Vendors had many duplicated bills and payments that applied to incorrect bills. As a result, some unpaid bills were actually paid, but payments were applied to different bills. The vendors’ open balance showed unpaid bills, but Reliable Construction’s records showed they paid.
  11. The undeposited funds account had some old unclear transactions, which can be a sign of duplicated income in a company.
  12. Company bank and credit card accounts have not been reconciled.
  13. In Reliable Construction, we found another significant issue with customers’ billing. The company installed various items to bill at the end of the month to their customers, but records of many of them were simply lost and not reported for billing.

Many other services needed to be reported for billing but ended up unreported. Revenue was produced but simply lost on the way to billing. Some billing paperwork was simply lost in piles of various documents or not delivered by operators to a project manager.

The solution

Our main goal was to clean up and catch up on bookkeeping records to bring the books up-to-date.

We checked through each transaction in each trial balance account for almost two years. Soon, we realized that we needed to re-enter all transactions.