Can­di­dates face tax ques­tions

Wanneroo Times - - News -

BUSI­NESS own­ers in Wan­neroo will have a chance to put ques­tions to can­di­dates con­test­ing the seat in the up­com­ing State Elec­tion.

The WA Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try has part­nered with the Times to bring to­gether Lib­eral in­cum­bent Paul Miles and La­bor chal­lenger Sabine Winton to de­bate is­sues af­fect­ing Wan­neroo busi­nesses on February 22 at Cafe Elixir.

CCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Dei­dre Will­mott said busi­ness own­ers could tell both par­ties at the free fo­rum what was hold­ing back busi­nesses from grow­ing jobs.

“CCI met Wan­neroo busi­ness own­ers re­cently and they told us red tape, lo­cal con­tent and train­ing in par­tic­u­lar were keep­ing them up at night. Busi­nesses called out com­pli­cated lo­cal gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions and a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween gov­ern­ment de­part­ments as con­sis­tent prob­lems that were mak­ing it harder to do busi­ness,” she said.

“CCI is proud to part­ner with Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group to bring the de­bate to Wan­neroo busi­ness own­ers, give busi­nesses an ex­clu­sive op­por­tu­nity to put the hard ques­tions to can­di­dates and make sure they put busi­nesses first in this elec­tion.”

Ms Will­mott said small and medium busi­nesses across WA also high­lighted pay­roll tax as a roadblock to em­ploy­ment that crip­pled busi­ness growth and job cre­ation.

“As a busi­ness’s to­tal pay­roll ap­proaches the $850,000 thresh­old, busi­ness own­ers tell CCI they stop em­ploy­ing more work­ers to pre­vent their busi­ness from suf­fer­ing un­der the ad­di­tional tax,” she said.

“CCI has a plan for job cre­ation; in­de­pen­dent mod­el­ling shows that lift­ing the pay­roll tax thresh­old by $100,000 would cre­ate nearly 900 full-time jobs.

“CCI has cre­ated an on­line Pay­roll Tax Cal­cu­la­tor that busi­ness own­ers can use to see how

much they would save if the thresh­old was in­cre­men­tally in­creased.

To find out about sav­ings through pay­roll tax re­form, visit pay­roll.cciwa.com. To send a mes­sage to your lo­cal can­di­date, visit wa­elec­tion.cciwa.com.

Paul Miles

Sabine Winton

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