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Can I claim a business expense from 2016 in this year's return?

I purchase my business kit (independent consultant for a direct sales company) at the end of 2016, but didn't earn any commission in 2016, so I didn't claim it. Can I claim that expense this year?
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Can I claim a business expense from 2016 in this year's return?

Your business year end determines when you can claim the expense. The fiscal year end is usually December 31, therefore you cannot claim the expenses in 2017. However, you can do one of two things; first go back and adjust your 2016 income tax. The adjustment might create a loss which can be carried forward to 2017. Secondly, you can choose a year end that ends after December. However, CRA prefers a fiscal year that ends in December 31. It is more easier to manage going with a calendar year January to December. 

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Can I claim a business expense from 2016 in this year's return?

Your business year end determines when you can claim the expense. The fiscal year end is usually December 31, therefore you cannot claim the expenses in 2017. However, you can do one of two things; first go back and adjust your 2016 income tax. The adjustment might create a loss which can be carried forward to 2017. Secondly, you can choose a year end that ends after December. However, CRA prefers a fiscal year that ends in December 31. It is more easier to manage going with a calendar year January to December. 

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