SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2012) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon - Rosetown - Biggar, 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.
"By offering improved information and services online, our Government is reducing the red tape faced by small businesses," said Minister Shea. "The CRA will continue to improve these resources to reduce the burden placed on Canadian entrepreneurs."
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 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.
"Our Government continues to support Canadian businesses through various initiatives, such as the extension of the Hiring Credit for Small Business," said MP Block. "Helping businesses across the country allows them to focus on the important things, like running their business."
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The Honourable Gail Shea, accompanied by Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon - Rosetown - Biggar, today visited Saskatoon 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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