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CMA and federal tax reform

When the federal government first announced a series of changes to small business taxation in July 2017, the CMA immediately responded — working with its members to highlight the potential impacts on physicians, the medical profession and the health care system.

On February 27, the government announced what appear to be the final changes to taxation as part of its 2018 federal budget. Thanks in part to our efforts, they abandoned their original proposal and adopted a more nuanced approach — significantly better than what was first put forward.

As the legislation moves through Parliament, the CMA is remaining engaged on this file. We’re continuing to partner with the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, and will keep our members informed of updates moving forward.

Here are some of our activities on the issue:

  • We met with Finance Minister Bill Morneau in August 2017, at his request, to voice the concerns of physicians and small businesses.
  • We were in Kelowna in September 2017 to host a roundtable where local female physicians discussed the gender-specific challenges of the proposed changes.
  • We asked a group of women physicians to share their views about the proposed changes on their practice, their personal lives and their ability to care for their patients.
  • We worked closely with our members to press the government for change. Almost 14,000 individuals used our letter-writing tool to share their concerns with their elected officials.
  • We submitted a technical brief to government calling for a comprehensive review of the tax system.
  • We appeared before the Finance Committee twice, and once before the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance.
  • We issued a statement in November 2017 to express concerns on the looming deadline for the changes.
  • We also provided a reaction to the federal government’s announcement on income sprinkling in December 2017.
  • We responded to the 2018 federal budget, tabled February 27.
  • We participated in a panel discussion on tax and innovation at the Canadian Club of Ottawa on March 1.
  • And we remain an active member of the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, a group of over 75 professional organizations representing small business operators from farmers to independent businesses.