Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

August 30, 2012 11:00 ET

The Harper Government: New Initiatives and Innovations Benefit Small Businesses

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2012) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, today met with members of the local Sudbury 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 believes that Canada's entrepreneurs should be able to focus on growing their business and creating jobs. By making use of the CRA's online initiatives, businesses can access important information and services when it's convenient for them," said Minister Shea. "With input from entrepreneurs across the country, the CRA will continue to work towards innovations that better serve Canada's small 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 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 businesses can find information and service 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.

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The Honourable Gail Shea today visited Sudbury 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
    613-952-9184