At the top of that list is the impending switch back to the PST on April 1, 2013. She explains that the focus is especially on the majority of small businesses with less than five employees, and those who only started after the HST was implemented in 2010.
“It’s the small businesses where you don’t have an accountant working in your business; you’re doing your bookkeeping yourself ” she argues. “Those are the businesses that we have to reach.”
She adds, “30,000 businesses have actually started after the HST was introduced. So it’s important to us to ensure that we reach those 30,000 businesses who have never had to collect PST, never had to deal with two tax systems.”
Registration documents are available at the Service B.C. office or online, and any business having difficulties can consult with a specialist.
Yamamoto and MLA Pat Pimm also met with four trucking company owners and Energy Services B.C.
“It’s good for me to hear what is causing businesses either grief or preventing business growth in the north,” she says. “Pat and I agree that there are probably some things we can look at that will free up time, because that’s one of the most valuable things you can give back to a business person.”
She says they specifically discussed cutting red tape with permitting times, to increase efficiency. Another idea she’s heard while travelling the province is bringing back the ability for business owners to have a vote in municipal elections other than where they reside.
“That’s something that I’m waiting to hear back from the business community, to see if that actual issue rises to the top.”
Should that legislation be reinstated, she explains the guidelines are already in place to avoid someone having more than one vote.
Minister Yamamoto will be in Dawson Creek today. For more information on the return to PST, visit www.PSTinBC.ca.