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About The Team At Synergy Business Solutions, Trusted Saskatoon HR and Business Consultants

Synergy Business Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Human Resources and Business Consultants. Their services allow busy Saskatoon small business owners to focus their energies on running their businesses. They have professional specialists on staff with decades of experience who can assist with everything from management to HR consulting. Meet the team at Synergy Business Solutions!

Meet The Synergy Business Solutions Team!


"My journey as an entrepreneur started in 2011. Previous to that, I worked for 25 odd years for others. My thank you gift for years of services was to be FIRED! This was a devastating day for me and left me reeling from everything that I knew to be true. My career was at an all-time low. 
As it turned out, my devastating day turned out to be the beginning of great days. One of the shareholders of Petrotag approached me regarding purchasing the company. My background was primarily in bookkeeping, with some sales and management. I was definitely interested but had a huge learning curve ahead of me. This was a highly technical company that manufactured, installed and serviced tank monitoring in the oil and gas industry. But I really wanted to try it on my own, so we purchased Petrotag Technologies Inc. in the fall of 2011. The purchase price had a 5-year plan to pay it off. By adjusting some low-hanging fruit, we paid it off in 1.5 years!"


At age 18, Danielle Robson was living in Alberta and going to university, with plans to become a lawyer. Her best friend’s dad owned several Tim Hortons franchises in Edmonton and one of Danielle’s jobs was working for him. He recognized something special about Danielle and threw out the idea that she should apply for her own store. With support from her family, they did, and three weeks later, in June 2003, they had their first Tim Hortons store in Saskatoon, on Fairlight Drive.

Fast forward 15 years, and “Hurricane Dani” shows no signs of slowing down, having just opened its tenth Tim Hortons store. They also own two Mr. Mikes restaurants. With over 300 employees and a young family at home with three kids under age 10, what drives Danielle Robson? Talking with Danielle, she’ll admit she thrives in chaos and jokes that if she wasn’t having a baby or opening a store, she would be bored. Her definition of boredom is different from most people’s.

Synergy Business Solutions strive to create a supportive consulting environment for Saskatchewan-based business owners seeking to improve their personal and professional growth.

  Services Offered Include:

  • HR ( Human Resources) 
  • Business Operation Consulting
  • Synergy Business Support Groups

'For Business Owners From Business Owners'

Synergy Business Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon HR and Business Consultants.

Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeeping & Tax Services Books & Billing Explains Dividends Vs Salaries

Books ’N’ Billing offers full-service, cloud-based, bookkeeping services to sole proprietors, limited liability partnerships, and small corporations within Saskatchewan. Are you a small business owner? Save yourself the stress and let Shelby Prescesky the owner of Books 'N' Billing help you get your business's books in orderBooks N Billing is a Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeeping & Tax Services Specialist. In this article, she shares the difference between dividends and salary. 

Dividends Vs Salary? 

If you own an incorporated business in Canada, you have the option to pay yourself through dividends, a salary, or a combination of both. In this article, we will look at the difference between these methods of payment and the main advantages and disadvantages associated with each. We will also see some common scenarios for when a business owner may choose one method over the other.


If you are paying yourself a salary or wage, the payments become an expense of the corporation and then employment income for you personally – at the end of the year, you’ll get a T4 slip outlining your taxable earnings and deductions. The expense reduces the corporation’s taxable income, which in turn reduces corporate taxes owing.

To pay yourself a wage, the corporation will need to register a payroll account with the CRA, and then the corporation will need to withhold source deductions from each of your paychecks to later remit to the federal government. Additionally, the corporation will have to prepare T4 slips at the end of each calendar year to record your work for the year.

Why Choose Salary

Paying yourself a wage can be a way for you to earn a steady and predictable personal income. Some additional advantages of using this method would include:

  • RRSP Contribution Room; Paying yourself a wage will allow you to build an RRSP contribution room while dividend payments will not create this.

  • CPP Contributions; this is a double-edged sword, while wages will allow you to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan, as the owner of the corporation you will also be responsible for the employer’s portion of this contribution. 

  • Fewer Surprise Tax Bills; Income tax is withheld from each payment and remitted to the Receiver General. When you file your personal tax return you will have already paid income tax and will avoid a surprise personal tax bill. When paying dividends, income tax isn’t withheld and remitted which often creates personal taxes owing in April.

  • When Applying for a Mortgage; When you are attempting to qualify for a mortgage, banks like to see steady, predictable income. Earning employment income like this will help show that steady income, whereas dividend income may not be looked at as favourably. 


Type of Transaction

Dividends are payments to shareholders of a corporation that are paid from the other tax earnings of the company. This means that dividends are not a corporate expense and do not reduce the corporate taxes paid. The flip side is that dividends carry less personal tax liability than wages because they come with a dividend tax credit.

In practice, paying dividends to shareholders of a corporation is fairly easy. Dividends are declared and cash is transferred from the corporate account to a shareholder’s personal account. Each year, the corporation must prepare and file T5s for any shareholder who received dividends.

Where it gets tricky with dividends is that they are issued and paid based on share ownership. As an example, of Terry’s Tulips :td. Want to issue $100,000 in dividends to the owners of its Class A common shares, it must do so based on the percentage of ownership of these shares. So, if Terry owns 40% of Terry’s Tulips class A shares and Teagen own the other 60%, then Terry would receive $40,000 and Teagen would receive $60,000. This can make it difficult to allocate different amounts of income to multiple shareholders of they all own the same class of shares.

Why Choose Dividends

Paying dividends can be a simple way for business owners to withdraw money from their corporation. Some key advantages include:

  • Lower Cost; Paying dividends removes the need to contribute to CPP, which reduces corporate and personal costs. The downside is that it does not allow you to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan program.

  • Simplicity; if you own 100% of your corporation, you can just declare a dividend and transfer cash from the company to your personal account without the need for payroll or remittance of source deductions.

  • Less Chance for Payroll Penalties; Payroll remittances are relentless. Usually, they have to be paid each month and late payments come with high penalties. Paying dividends eliminates the chance of late or missed payroll remittances. That being said, filling of T5s still must be completed on time once per year when paying dividends. 

Which Method Creates Less Tax?

So, the main question becomes “which method allows me to pay less Tax?”. While this is a very important question to ask, changes to the legislation beginning in 2018 have made it more difficult to reduce taxes by cheesing one method over the other. Often, the results of calculations show a fairly minimal tax saving one way or another, and there is a reason for that.


There is a tax concept called integration that legislation aims to implement. The main idea behind this is that there should be little to no difference in the overall income tax paid (personal + corporate) when comparing dividend payments and wage payments of the same amount. This works by;

  • Wages reduce corporate taxes, but in turn create higher personal taxes than dividends.

  • Dividends do not reduce corporate taxes but create less personal taxes than wages.

Dividend Sprinkling

In the past, corporate shareholders could skirt the issue of integration and tip the scales of tax savings in their direction by using a technique called dividend sprinkling. This was accomplished by spreading out dividend payments to a lower income earning spouse or adult family member. Because the spouse or adult family member are in a lower tax bracket than the person operating the business, there would be less personal tax to pay on their dividend income.

Now that it is more difficult to implement dividend sprinkling, it is especially important to consider the qualitative factors discussed earlier when deciding which method of payment to use.

Common Scenarios

Lastly, let’s look at a few common scenarios that we see and discuss what you might consider as a business owner in each case.

  • Bad at Administrative Tasks;  If making payments on time is a weakness that you have, then it may be easier and less costly to pay yourself using dividends. Wages require the regular, on-time payment of source deductions. If source deduction payments are missed or late, the penalties can add up quickly.
  • Qualifying for Financing; If you plan on purchasing a home in the near future and know that you will need to qualify for a mortgage, it may be better to pay yourself as an employee (wages/salary). Banks like to see steady income more than sporadic dividend payments.
  • Having Children / Parental Leave; If you plan on having children sometime soon and you would like to earn Maternity or Parental Benefits, then it may be better to earn income through wages. This is because withholding and remitting employment insurance premiums can enable the employee to collect maternity or parental benefits.
  • Working Income Tax Benefit; The working income tax benefit is a refundable tax credit intended to provide tax relief for eligible working low-income individuals and families. It may be beneficial to pay yourself a small salary from your business to trigger this tax credit on your personal taxes. Consider this if you have low personal or family net income for the year.

Shelby's mantra and the business tagline is one most small business owners can get behind...

Running your own business can be exciting… managing your own books can steal your joy.

If you need a second opinion, or you are at that stage in your business where you are ready to hand over the bookkeeping to a professional contact Shelby at Book N Billing today! 

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Books N Billing is a Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeeping & Tax Services Specialist 

The Trusted Saskatoon team brag about Books N Billing Bookkeeping & Tax Services

Books ’N’ Billing offers full-service, cloud-based, bookkeeping services to sole proprietors, limited liability partnerships, and small corporations within Saskatchewan. Are you a small business owner? Save yourself the stress and let Shelby Prescesky the owner of Books 'N' Billing help you get your business's books in order.Books N Billing is a Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeeping & Tax Services Specialist 

Meet Shelby Prescesky Of Books N'Billing

Whether you sell handmade soap, own a coffee shop, or drive a truck for a living, there are two things we can guarantee about your business: you earn money and you spend it. Bookkeepers are the ones who help you keep track of all that. We sat down with Shelby, the owner of Books N Billing, to find out why she decided to be a bookkeeper, what she enjoys about the job and who would be an ideal client for her. 

Shelby has always enjoyed numbers, in high school she earned University credits for pre-calculus, a subject that makes most people shudder. Shelby however, enjoyed the challenge and she elected to take an additional accounting class, it didn't take her long to decide that this is what she wanted to do for a living! 

Shelby gained her Bachelor of Commerce ( B.Com), which is an undergraduate degree in commerce and related subjects. The course is designed to provide students with a wide range of managerial skills and understanding in streams like finance, accounting, taxation and management. After finishing school, her first job on her chosen career path was with The City of Saskatoon. Shelby really enjoyed the job and the people she worked with. The role was a great experience, and she was able to learn about many different industries and see how a huge organization operates. Shelby started off doing payroll for the Police Department, and later moved into the Planning and Building departments, where she learned about the construction process and dealt with everything from books to permits!  

What Does a Bookkeeper Do? 

A bookkeeper is someone who prepares your business accounts, documenting daily financial transactions. Bookkeepers have been around as far back as 2600 BC—when records were tracked with a stylus on slabs of clay—making bookkeeping, not the oldest profession, but pretty darn close. Today any bookkeeper worth their beans uses some kind of software platform to track finances, and Shelby takes pride in always being up to date with the latest industry news and technology. 

Shelby comes from a family of female entrepreneurs, both her Mother and Grandmother operated restaurants and catering businesses, so she knows what it takes to be her own boss. Shelby is not afraid of hard work, and she decided to start her own business in 2021,  just after the birth of her 2nd child. As she said, motherhood is great preparation for entrepreneurship, and she enjoys the flexibility of setting her own work schedule at home, around the needs of her young family.

We asked Shelby what the benefits are of hiring a bookkeeper if you have a small business. She shared that her clients tell her that the peace of mind knowing that their books are in order and that filing isn't an annual scramble, cannot be overrated! Shelby makes sure to bring her expertise to the table for her clients. She prides herself on her expertise and she wants to be seen as a valuable part of her client's team. Her biggest driver is helping people,  and her enthusiasm for that is infectious! 

We asked Shelby what being trusted means to her. 

" Trust means reliability - giving your business details and accounts to someone who’s a total stranger is a risk, so it is important to operate with integrity and have ethics at the centre of all I do. I strive to be a valuable resource for clients. " - Shelby , owner Books N Billing   

As one of her clients said so well when we spoke to them as part of the unique Trusted verification process ...

" Shelby is wonderful to deal with, she answers all my questions and breaks things down in real speak. if she is not 100% sure of the answer she will go off and find the information before committing. I highly recommend Books n Billing if you are small business in need of a trustworthy bookkeeper!"  

When asked who would be an ideal client for Books N' Billing. Shelby shared that her ideal niche is small to medium businesses with less than 20 employees. She really wants to focus on serving local businesses in Saskatoon, Warman, Martensville and surrounding areas. Shelby has a wealth of experience to offer, and in particular, she has done a lot of work for clients in the trucking industry, she knows the industry well as many family members are truckers! 

Shelby's mantra and the business tagline is one most small business owners can get behind...

Running your own business can be exciting… managing your own books can steal your joy.

If you need a second opinion, or you are at that stage in your business where you are ready to hand over the bookkeeping to a professional contact Shelby at Book N Billing today! 

 Books N Billing Bookkeeping Services Include: 

Books N Billing is a Trusted Saskatoon Bookkeeping & Tax Services Specialist 

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Year End and how to prevent the hassle!!!


Many people have their year-end as December 31. This can be a crazy busy time for lots of business owners, bookkeepers and accountants. If you do not do your own bookkeeping, you should choose a company that will work with your auditing firm and help you complete your year-end. And remember! It’s ok for you to ask questions! It’s your business and you are responsible for the maintenance of your financial records.

Tips to make year-end easier and stress free:

 • Don’t wait until the last minute to get everything together. Monthly organizing can save you a lot of time and money.

 • Make copies of asset invoices and keep them in a binder. Make tabs for each year so any new assets can be verified quickly.

 • Keep it simple! Keep a copy of your general ledger, audited journal entries, financial statements and tax returns in a binder labeled with the fiscal year.




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