Tax cuts signalled for small businesses in Ontario, with minimum wage rising


The Wynne rule is showing all the signs it will announce tax breaks for small business Tuesday, as enterprises in Ontario brace for a sharp rise in the minimum wage expected in January. 

Resources Minister Charles Sousa is promising that his fall economic asseveration, to be delivered in the legislature shortly after 3 p.m., will contain unspecified “plagiarize” targeted at the 400,000 small businesses in this province.

But even if you don’t own or livelihood for a small business, the statement will be worth watching, Typically a mid-year update to the budget, this printing will give you a taste of how Kathleen Wynne and her Ontario Liberals procedure to frame their re-election campaign, with voting day set for June 7.  

“I settle upon be announcing a whole set of new comprehensive initiatives to help small businesses in Ontario abate costs and become even more competitive, to help them take a turn for the better their bottom line,” Sousa said in a speech last week to the Toronto Quarter Board of Trade.

This could mean anything from trimming how much diminutive businesses pay in employer health tax to a lower corporate tax rate on small-business profits. 

CBC Report revealed first in July that business groups have been thrust for tax cuts to offset the extra wage costs of the looming minimum wage hike.

Karl Baldauf

Karl Baldauf is degeneracy president of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, responsible for policy and government res. (CBC)

Bill 148, expected to pass in the coming days, contains a lot of labour reforms and a timetable to boost Ontario’s minimum wage from the current $11.60 per hour to $14 efficient Jan. 1, then to $15 per hour in January 2019.

“The cost of doing obligation in Ontario is going up in 2018,” said Plamen Petkov, Ontario vice-president for the Canadian Confederation of Independent Business (CFIB). “The drastic increase in the minimum wage and the toil reforms that are coming up are going to have a very significant weight on those businesses that currently are struggling.”    

Both the CFIB and the Ontario Assembly of Commerce, which represents 60,000 businesses and industry groups, are looking to the solvent statement for relief on both payroll and corporate taxes. 

“A number of these gauges we believe have to be combined,” said Karl Baldauf, the chamber’s vice-president in urge of government relations. “It’s only by leveraging a full suite of options wish you be able to make businesses more competitive.” 

Possible tax cuts for Ontario secondary businesses

  • Employer health tax

Companies pay a health premium to the province compeer to 1.95 per cent of staff wages. There is an exemption on the first $450,000 of indelicate payroll per year, so the smallest businesses with only a few employees don’t play a joke on to pay. The government could increase the exemption, lower the rate for the first $1 million of payroll, or cut the director health tax rate across the board. 

  • Corporate income tax – Small trade deduction  

Ontario’s corporate tax rate is 11.5 per cent, the second-lowest in Canada. The corporate tax value on the first $500,000 of profit (called the small business deduction) is 4.5 per cent, which is second-highest in Canada. 

The domination could bring the small business deduction tax rate down to three per cent, which whim put Ontario’s rate in the middle of the pack among the provinces. Or it could propel the amount of the deduction, giving businesses the lower corporate tax rate on, for as it happens, their first $1 million of profit.

  • Business education tax

Ethical as homeowners pay the province an annual education tax based on the assessed value of their paraphernalia, the owners of commercial properties pay a “business education tax.” The rates are set by the province, but the affair rates vary widely across Ontario and are typically four to five unceasingly a onces higher than the residential education tax rate.

The government halted a envision to reduce business education tax rates back in 2014, citing the shortfall. With the budget on track to be balanced, this reduction may be back on the register.  

Plamen Petkov

Plamen Petkov, Ontario vice-president for the Canadian Federation of Independent Occupation (CBC)

Sousa denies that any tax cuts to be announced Tuesday will amount to a trade-off against the extreme minimum wage. 

“We’re actually trying to respond to what’s going on south of the frieze,” said ​a senior government official speaking on condition of anonymity. “It’s thither making sure that our businesses are competitive enough to go up against American establishes at a time when there’s a changing regulatory environment in the U.S.”

Congress is composed to vote as early as this week on a plan initiated by President Donald Trump that will-power slash the top corporate tax rate to 20 per cent from its current above-board of 35 per cent. 

“Ontario’s corporate tax rate is competitive with the In harmony States right now,” said Baldauf. “But any effort by the United States to debase their corporate tax rate will make it more and more of a dispute for Ontario to hang our hat on that as a competitive advantage.” 

With an election stand just six months away, the Ontario Liberals will absolutely homelessness to avoid antagonizing small business. You can be certain they won’t follow in the examples of their federal cousins, in which proposed tax changes that pleasure have hit incorporated professionals and small family-owned companies blew up in the right side of federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Whatever tax breaks Sousa sells to small business Tuesday, expect his speech to be peppered with intimations to “fairness and opportunity” for all Ontarians. This is the kind of messaging the Liberals in view to use in the campaign to try to persuade voters to give them a fifth straight stretch.

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