Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

November 21, 2014 13:15 ET

Delta Small and Medium-Sized Business Owners Consulted on Cutting Red Tape

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 21, 2014) - Canada Revenue Agency

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue was in Delta, British Columbia, today to speak with local business owners as part of a red tape reduction roundtable hosted by the Delta Chamber of Commerce. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is conducting consultations with small and medium-sized businesses, their accountants, and bookkeepers on progress to date in reducing red tape as well as future activities to meet the needs of the small and medium-sized business community.

Minister Findlay noted the many actions the CRA has taken, stemming from 2012 consultations undertaken by the Agency to cut the red tape burden for businesses, including:

  • Through the CRA's secure online self-service portal, businesses now have 24/7 control over more than 50 different transactions such as registering for services, making payments, filing returns, making account changes, asking questions, viewing balances, and, as of October 20, managing banking information online and signing up for pre-authorized debit services;
  • The remittance thresholds for employer source deductions were revised to reduce the maximum number of payments that businesses are required to submit to the CRA, eliminating more than 800,000 payroll remittances for over 50,000 small and medium-sized employers;
  • The CRA launched its first-ever mobile app, the Business Tax Reminders app, which allows small and medium-sized businesses to create custom reminders and alerts for dates related to instalment payments, returns, and remittances; and
  • The new Liaison Officer Initiative was launched to help small and medium-sized businesses get their tax affairs right from the start through in-person support from CRA officers at key points in the business cycle.

As part of its focus on red tape reduction and better service, the CRA is also seeking business views on improving the clarity and simplicity of its communications. A concise and consistent plain language approach to the millions of notices and letters sent to Canadians will help to ensure business and individual taxpayers are better supported in meeting their tax obligations and accessing the benefits to which they may be entitled.

The CRA works closely with many stakeholder associations on its red tape reduction agenda, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, and the Canadian Payroll Association.

Quick Facts

- CRA's 2012 red tape consultations led to improvements in the availability and clarity of tax information, online services, the collection of information, reporting obligations and frequency of filing, and more. The results can be found in the Focussing on Small Business Priorities: Canada Revenue Agency Consultations on Cutting Red Tape report.

- The 2014 consultations are being held in more than 20 cities from coast to coast to coast: Surrey, Delta, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Sherbrooke, Quebec City, Moncton, Halifax, Charlottetown, St-John's, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit. The consultations include facilitated in-person and online sessions, roundtables, as well as an online survey available to the public.

- The CRA's online consultation tool is open for feedback at cra-arc.gc.ca/redtapereduction and closes on December 12.

Quotes

"I would like to thank the Delta Chamber of Commerce for hosting one of our cross-Canada red tape reduction roundtables. It is but one of the exemplary initiatives the Chamber has undertaken, often in collaboration with other Chambers in other communities, and with all levels of government, to support the growth and prosperity of businesses in Delta. Through this roundtable, small and medium-sized businesses here will have their say in shaping our Government's red tape reduction agenda. In turn, they have my commitment to deliver results."

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

"Thanks to the continued feedback from the small and medium-sized business community, our Government has reduced red tape. At CRA, we expanded filing services in My Business Account to include amended T2 corporate returns; we enabled businesses to ask us tax questions about their account online; and we are eliminating more than 800,000 payroll remittance payments for over 50,000 small and medium businesses. Your constructive feedback is invaluable to our ongoing red tape reduction activities."

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

"The Delta Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host this roundtable and add a local perspective to the CRA's red tape reduction initiative. Our members welcome the opportunity to share their many ideas on how the CRA can continue to make it easier for them to manage their tax matters, and to contribute their knowledge and experience to shaping the Government of Canada's red tape reduction agenda."

Orv Nickel, Delta Chamber of Commerce

Associated Links

Red Tape Reduction

My Business Account

CRA online consultation tool

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