OCC calls upon government to Rescind Small Business Tax
April 9, 2018
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is rallying the province’s Chamber Network in 135 communities to call on the Ontario Government to remove two proposed tax reforms from the 2018 budget, reforms that will cost employers nearly half a billion dollars in new taxes.
The Ontario Government announced in its 2018 budget that it will harmonize with the federal government’s eligibility criteria leaving over 20,000 employers paying $100 million more in Employment Health Tax over the next three years.
In addition, businesses will be phased out of the small business deduction if they earn between $50,000 and $150,000 of passive investment income in the taxation year, resulting in an additional $350 million in new taxes for Ontario businesses over the next three years.
“At a time when industry in Ontario is feeling the impact of the rising minimum wage, significant labour reforms, increasing global and US competition, and rising input costs, we need Government to reduce the cumulative burden not add to it,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.