Candidates face tax questions
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.