Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

January 21, 2013 16:43 ET

Minister Shea Hosts Economic Consultations With Local Business Leaders

AMHERST, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2013) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, and Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, today took part in economic consultations with members of the local business community. These consultations were aimed at engaging Canadians in discussions about their priorities and ideas for achieving the best use of taxpayers' dollars in the lead-up to the 2013 budget.

"Our Government's top priority is creating jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity," said Minister Shea. "We recognize that small businesses in communities like Amherst are essential to job creation. We are committed to working with them as we continue to make progress with our Economic Action Plan."

These consultations add to the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) ongoing dialogue with businesses across the country. In October 2012, Minister Shea announced new measures to cut red tape at CRA as part of the Harper Government's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. Based on feedback from businesses coast to coast, progress to date includes the creation of a dedicated team that is responsible for coordinating and addressing small business issues such as making filing easier and eliminating barriers to voluntary compliance with the tax system.

"I strongly believe talking directly to Canadians is the best way to get input in how to help fuel job and economic growth in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, and across Canada," remarked MP Armstrong. "Indeed, in the past, many of the ideas brought forward in local roundtable meetings have been reflected in the actual federal budget."

Other measures the CRA has taken to reduce red tape include the creation of a "one-stop" Web page where businesses can now easily find information and service options relevant to their tax situation: www.cra.gc.ca/businessonline. Businesses, or their representatives, can also now ask the CRA a tax question related to their account using the My Business Account online enquiries service. Businesses then receive answers they can rely on in the secure online portal.

To ensure that all Canadians can participate in the pre-budget consultation process, the federal government has launched online consultations through the Department of Finance Canada Web site. Those interested in participating can find more information at www.fin.gc.ca.

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The Minister of National Revenue, Gail Shea, was in Amherst today to hold economic consultations with the local business community. The Harper Government is inviting comments on how it can further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of government spending. The CRA has taken a number of steps to reduce red tape for businesses, including its recently announced action plans, available on the CRA Web site.

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    Canada Revenue Agency
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