February 19, 2014 17:04 ET
LANGLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 19, 2014) - Yesterday's budget announcement by Finance Minister Michael de Jong that the B.C. government would adjust current legislation to shelter credit unions from the full impact of the negative federal income change for three years was welcomed by First West Credit Union.
The 2014 B.C. budget maintains a provincial tax rate for credit unions of 2.5% until 2016, at which time the province will phase out the small business tax exemption for credit unions over a five-year period.
"The 2014 budget shows that our provincial government is in tune with what hundreds of thousands of British Columbians believe today: local banking matters. Credit unions provide competitive choice in the financial services sector but because of their nature and principles do not have many of the tax and capital advantages afforded to the big banks," said Launi Skinner, First West Credit Union's CEO. "We urge the B.C. government to make this benefit a permanent one."
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About First West Credit Union
First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is British Columbia's third-largest credit union with $7.1 billion in assets under administration, more than 171,000 members and close to 1,300 employees. It operates 40 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial brands. For more information on First West Credit Union, visit www.firstwestcu.ca. Follow First West Credit Union on Twitter: @firstwestcu
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