Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

August 14, 2012 19:00 ET

The Harper Government: New Initiatives and Innovations Benefit Small Businesses

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2012) - The Parliamentary Secretary of National Revenue, Cathy McLeod, accompanied by John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country, today met with members of the local business community to discuss a number of initiatives the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has introduced to reduce the burden placed on small businesses.

"Our Government continues to look for ways to help small businesses, because we recognize their importance for our economy," said Parliamentary Secretary McLeod. "Through these roundtables we are receiving important feedback from business owners, so that CRA can continue to improve their service delivery."

Parliamentary Secretary McLeod explained that making information clear and accessible online is a promising step towards empowering and supporting small business by cutting government red tape. In order to keep businesses informed on tax matters, a number of new features have been added to the CRA Web site:

- The CRA has developed a number of videos to deliver information to businesses. These videos cover topics such as payroll, employer provided gifts and awards and parking, record-keeping, reporting business income and expenses, how to start a new business, and changes to the Canada Pension Plan. The videos, accompanied by relevant links and written transcripts, are available at www.cra.gc.ca/videogallery.

- To serve Canadian business owners better, the CRA recently created a one-stop shop Web page where business can find information and services options that may apply to their situation, visit it at www.cra.gc.ca/businessonline.

- The new My Business Account Enquiries Service allows businesses, or their representative, to ask the CRA tax-related questions specific to their account. Businesses then receive their answer online, in writing, in the Message Centre.

- In 2011, the CRA introduced the Group ID feature in Represent a Client that lets businesses maintain employee access to business information through the online service. This means that business owners only need to fill out the RC59, Business Consent Form once, addressing a key irritant for the business community.

"These initiatives and others, like the extension of the Hiring Credit for Small Business, demonstrate that jobs and growth remain the top priority for the Government of Canada," said MP Weston. "Online tools and resources are a great way to cut government red tape while keeping Canadian businesses informed. I am pleased that yet another Government member has joined me in our riding to ensure good two-way communications with our Government."

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The Parliamentary Secretary of National Revenue, Cathy McLeod, accompanied by John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky Country, today visited the Whistler Chamber of Commerce to promote the steps the Harper Government has taken to improve its services and reduce the burden placed on small businesses. The CRA has introduced a variety of fast, easy, and secure resources available to support businesses when they interact with the CRA.

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Contact Information

  • Clarke Olsen
    Acting Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    613-995-2960

    Noel Carisse
    Canada Revenue Agency
    Media Relations
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