Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

August 27, 2012 15:00 ET

The Harper Government: New Initiatives and Innovations Benefit Small Businesses

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2012) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina - Lumsden - Lake Centre, 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 is always looking for ways to better support Canadian small businesses in creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. The CRA will continue to provide businesses with better tools to help them understand tax information," said Minister Shea. "Entrepreneurs across the country can benefit from the wide range of online services and resources the CRA has designed specifically for businesses."

Minister Shea explained that making information clear and accessible online is a promising step towards empowering and supporting small businesses 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, 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 businesses 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.

"The CRA's online resources are an important contribution to our Government's support of small businesses," said MP Lukiwski. "Combined with the extension of the Hiring Credit for Small Business, our Government's steps to reduce red tape will go a long way to helping Canadian small businesses."

FOR BROADCAST USE:

The Honourable Gail Shea, accompanied by Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina - Lumsden - Lake Centre, today visited the Regina 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 online 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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