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Tax changes have everyone talking

Chambers, business owners are writing PM Trudeau before October 2.
CPA John Kurjata talks tax sense at a recent MP Zimmer open house.
CPA John Kurjata talks tax sense at a recent MP Zimmer open house.

People are talking left right and centre, while PRRD board member Dan Rose calls proposed Federal tax changes disturbing – business owners and  CPAs are sounding off.

“It is critical to write letters. These proposed changed will affect small business and will affect your dollars,” noted executive director with the Chamber of Commerce Kathleen Connolly.

The Chamber recently hosted a town hall by MP Bob Zimmer where these changes were a hot topic.

“MP Zimmer urges business owners to send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Morneau,” added Connolly.

Val Litwin president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce has also chimed in.

“These are the most sweeping changes to business taxes in 50 years, and they are being done with only 75 days of consultation, at the height of summer,” wrote Litwin to BC Business.

Connolly noted there was a deadline for these letters.

“There is an October deadline for these, so it is key to write your MP and the Prime Minister.”

Litwin noted the proposed changes would affect farming, manufacturing, exporting, health care, natural resources, and restaurants.

“You name it.”

Litwin noted independent businesses are also sounding off.

“These changes have the potential to discourage entrepreneurs from going into business.”

PRRD board member Dan Rose said it was important for everyone to not sit on their hands on this matter, and would be encouraging the PRDD to draft a letter as well. He called the proposed changes “disturbing”

“Don’t sit on your hands,” he said, agreeing with Connolly.

Connolly added key email addresses were:

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