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Ensuring you understand everything that is required by a lender before you apply for a small business loan is imperative. Consult with a trusted business advisor who can assist you with preparing the key elements that a lender will need to evaluate your application and give you confidence to present yourself in the best possible way.


An advisor can confirm the amount you need, properly communicate the purpose of the loan and help you to consider your financing options. It may even be the case that a loan is not necessarily your best option.

They can also help you to examine your current finances and the implications of taking on a loan for your business’ future.


Banks and other traditional lenders require a substantial range of paperwork when you apply for a small business loan. These include:

  • Financial projections
  • Personal and business income tax returns
  • Balance sheet and income statements
  • Personal bank statements
  • Business bank statements  
  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • Business licenses
  • Commercial leases
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Information on your suitability to take the loan on

Business plan

A lender will want to see how you plan to utilize the money and that you have the ability to repay the loan as well as your regular ongoing business expenses.

A business plan created in consultation with your advisor will help to show this, and highlight how you expect it to improve your business’ profits. A well-constructed business plan can make all the difference in getting the decision you need.

Contact TaxAssist Advisors

If you need any help or advice with the financial aspects of running your business, please contact us today on 888 547 9295 or complete our contact form. We’ll be glad to help.

Date published Dec 3, 2021

This article is intended to inform rather than advise and is based on legislation and practice at the time. Taxpayer’s circumstances do vary and if you feel that the information provided is beneficial it is important that you contact us before implementation. If you take, or do not take action as a result of reading this article, before receiving our written endorsement, we will accept no responsibility for any financial loss incurred.


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