GST TAKES TOLL ON LIT­TLE GUYS

SMALL BUSI­NESS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SOUTH­PORT small busi­ness owner is plead­ing with state politi­cians to act to save him from a fed­eral im­post – the GST.

Mis­ter Minit fran­chisee Mark Wal­ters says he works seven days a week and pays $400 a quar­ter to an ac­coun­tant just to sort out his books for the goods and ser­vices tax.

He said small busi­nesses felt “down trod­den” and “for­got­ten”, with big busi­nesses reap­ing the ben­e­fits of tax breaks and in­cen­tives.

“We’re the lit­tle guys who will never get help,” Mr Wal­ters, 55, said.

“GST has killed small busi­nesses. I would have a per­ma­nent staff mem­ber on if it wasn’t for the GST.”

Mr Wal­ters said busi­nesses that made less than $10,000 a week should be ex­empt from GST, but at a state level said the South­port can­di­dates and the in­cum­bent needed to come up with ways to sup­port small busi­ness.

Pic­ture: MIKE BAT­TER­HAM

Mark Wal­ters, fran­chisee of Mis­ter Minit at Aus­tralia Fair, says GST is killing small busi­nesses such as his.

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