SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2013) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue 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.
"Inviting the business community to discuss the issues they face every day is an important part of the pre-budget process," said Minister Shea. "These consultations will help our Government develop a comprehensive and forward-looking agenda that will deliver high-quality jobs and economic growth."
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.
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.
In order 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 Summerside 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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