Have you ever wanted to email the Canada Revenue Agency? Until now, that’s not really been possible. ¬†It still isn’t, but at least now you can send a secure electronic message through the My Business Account service. ¬†It’s another great reason to register for Canada Revenue Agency’s my business account.

For now, this is only available for business related questions, but I wonder if they’ll make this available at some point through the personal My Account service as well.

Here’s the official news release from the CRA. ¬†http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/rlss/2012/m04/nr120417-eng.html?rss

And remember, you need to sign up for the My Business Account feature before you can use it….. it takes a few days for the activation process to be completed, to be sure to register before you need it!


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Anyone living in Nova Scotia will recall the disappointment when our HST rate went from 13% up to 15%.  So it is very welcome news to hear that the same government that increased the rate is now promising to lower it back to 14% in 2014 and 13% in 2015.  It seems our provincial fortunes have increased enough to make this possible.

While this is indeed very welcome news, there is one item of annoyance. ¬†Are any other businesses getting a bit tired of changing all their billing systems to account for the change in the HST rate? ¬†Shouldn’t there be some compensation to small business owners for the extra paperwork involved? ¬†I’m (mostly) just kidding, but the governments need to keep that in mind as they tinker with the sales tax rates.

As the HST rates change, if you need help with reconfiguring your Simply Accounting or QuickBooks programs, give us a call or an email.  We at Priority Taxation will be happy to assist.

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