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Government of Canada Launches Consultations on New Measure to Support Small Businesses and Reduce Red Tape

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/07/14 -- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, today launched the first of several consultation sessions on the proposed Registration of Tax Preparers Program (RTPP) in Vancouver. The proposed RTPP is part of a recently announced three-point plan to support small and medium-sized businesses by helping them comply with tax rules and reducing red tape.

The Government of Canada has launched the consultations, which will be held in locations across Canada, to solicit the views of the tax preparer community on the proposed RTPP. Feedback on the proposed program is welcome through the consultations or online from taxpayers, tax preparers, and all other stakeholders. Those interested in participating can go to www.cra.gc.ca/rtpp for details on how to attend a consultation session or submit comments.

To ensure the red-tape burden for tax preparers and their business clients is minimized, the Government of Canada is committed to collaborating with the tax preparer community to gain a common understanding of business needs.

Quick Facts

- The Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) three-point plan signals real benefits for both tax preparers and taxpayers by helping them get it "right from the start," and avoid the red tape of costly and time-consuming compliance actions from the CRA after the fact.

- The RTPP is a critical component of the three-point plan, as it allows the CRA to work with tax preparers to ensure that errors in prepared tax returns are quickly identified and addressed or avoided altogether.

- The CRA is hosting consultations with tax preparers and organizations representing tax preparers across Canada on the proposed RTPP.

- These consultation sessions will continue throughout February, and the CRA will accept input until May 2014.

- Consultation sessions will be held in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.

- Through the three-point plan, the CRA is reducing the red-tape burden for small business, and meeting its commitments under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Quotes

"Our government is working hard to improve its services for Canadians so that small and medium-sized businesses can more easily fulfill their tax obligations while saving time and money."

"The goal of our recently announced three-point plan is to make compliance easy for businesses that want to comply, and to make non-compliance difficult for those that choose not to comply. Over the next few weeks, we want to hear from our stakeholders to better understand their business needs, and to ensure the proposed RTPP achieves this goal."

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

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Canada Revenue Agency (www.cra.gc.ca/rtpp)

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Contacts:
Carter Mann
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Office of the Minister of National Revenue
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Noel Carisse
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