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As a small business owner, you face government red tape everywhere you turn. From filling out long forms to paying taxes, excessive rules and regulations not only waste precious time, but cost you a lot of money. Our research has found that red tape actually costs small businesses like yours more per employee than large firms.
You’ve told us that cutting government red tape is a priority for you, so we’ve fought hard at every level to reduce your paper burden.
Here are some of the ways we’re working to reduce red tape:
Reducing red tape isn’t always a top priority for governments, which is why we created Red Tape Awareness Week and publish an annual Red Tape Report Card: to focus their attention on what matters to you.
Through our relentless advocacy work, we’ve been able to score some important national wins:
But there’s still work to do! Currently the One-for-One rule and the Small Business Lens only apply to regulations. So we’re pushing to have the federal government include policies and legislation (like the Income Tax Act), which can add considerable red tape to your business.
Canada Revenue Agency
Navigating all your complex tax obligations is one of the biggest burdens for your business, which is why CRA is a major focus for us. When it comes to taxes, red tape isn’t just all the forms you fill out or the rules you have to follow—it can also include bad customer service and not being able to access accurate information.
CFIB has fought hard for service improvements at CRA, including:
Check out our post on other ways we’re fighting for fairness at CRA.
Barriers to trade
Doing business in another country, or even in another province, can be complicated. Redundant or contradictory regulations make trade costly and time consuming – discouraging many business owners from even bothering to work across borders.
CFIB is fighting to reduce red tape barriers to trade both at home and abroad:
Do you have an international trade barrier holding back your business from exporting? Let the government know about your red tape irritants by registering your barrier and getting help from the Trade Commissioner Service here.
Got a red tape headache? Do you have an example of a dumb or ridiculous rule that you think should be fixed? Call us today - we want to hear your examples, big or small, about a confusing process, unclear rules or poor customer service.