Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

March 08, 2017 09:58 ET

Minister Lebouthillier highlights new in-person support options for small businesses in the Greater Montreal Area

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - March 8, 2017) - Canada Revenue Agency

The Government of Canada recognizes the important role of small businesses in creating jobs and supporting the economy. That is why the government has committed to making the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) a fairer, more service-oriented organization to help support these businesses, while ensuring tax fairness for the middle class.

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, today announced a pilot project to help and support small businesses in the Montréal area meet their tax obligations. Since 2014, more than 16,000 small businesses have benefited from CRA's Liaison Officer Initiative (LOI). Through the LOI, small businesses receive in-person support and education to help them meet their tax obligations. These visits are not audits, nor do they result in reassessments.

Until now, all LOI visits were initiated by the CRA and could not be requested by businesses. Now, the Agency is piloting a "by request" option in select cities including Montréal. To participate in this pilot, the CRA asks that you please make sure your business is based in Greater Montréal Area and is not incorporated; that you are available during normal business hours; and, you have not had a previous LOI visit from the CRA. When a small business based in Greater Montréal Area makes a request, the CRA will recommend one of the following:

  1. Participation in a free seminar, or
  2. An in-person visit from a Liaison Officer.

Upcoming seminars will be held in:

  • Montréal - March 14 (French) and March 28 (English)
  • Brossard - April 5 (French) and April 19 (English)

To request in-person help with meeting your tax obligations, call 1-855-953-4681.

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"Our government is committed to establishing programs and services for small business owners that better respond to their needs. The new Liaison Officer Initiative pilot project is just one way the CRA is helping and supporting business owners meet their tax obligations. This initiative represents an additional step in my efforts to humanize the services offered by the CRA."

- The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

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  • Chloe Luciani-Girouard
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    613-995-2960

    Media Relations
    Canada Revenue Agency
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