Most Canadians Feeling Overtaxed, Lack Understanding of Pay Deductions, According to National Payroll Week Survey



    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Canadian employees feel overburdened with taxes
and most do not have a good understanding of the deductions on their pay
cheques, says a new survey conducted by the Canadian Payroll Association
(CPA).
    Released today to mark National Payroll Week (September 10-14), the
survey is based on the responses of more than 2,000 payroll professionals
across the country. It found that 67 per cent of these professionals
identified the majority of employees in their workplaces as feeling overtaxed.
    At the same time, most reported that employees have only a poor-to-fair
understanding of taxes, deductions and benefits, and that less than 15 per
cent of employees would be able to calculate their own taxes, deductions and
remittances correctly.
    But despite the knowledge gap, the survey also shows that employees do
not ask questions about their pay. Most payroll professionals say they spend
less than 10 per cent of their workday answering employee inquiries about
taxes and deductions.
    "What this survey tells us is that Canadian workers feel they are paying
more in taxes, don't understand their deductions, and don't know where to turn
for answers," says Elaine Gill, Chairman of the Canadian Payroll Association.
    "That's why, during this National Payroll Week, we want to get our
message out: We want employees to know that their payroll colleague is an
excellent resource - that there is someone they can go to at work for
information about payroll deductions."
    Payroll professionals in 1.4 million organizations pay 23 million
employees annually. They are responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate
payment of $660 billion in wages, $220 billion in government remittances and
$77 billion in health and retirement premiums. Payroll professionals must also
comply with more than 185 pieces of tax and related legislation across Canada.
    "Payroll professionals are the key communications point for employees and
management on salaries and benefits," says Patrick Culhane, President of the
Canadian Payroll Association. "So if you're wondering why your pay statement
has changed, your payroll professional has the answers."

    About the CPA:

    The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has been representing employers'
payroll interests since 1978. As the source of payroll education and advocacy,
the CPA delivers certification, professional development programs, products
and services that enable payroll practitioners to enhance operations, meet new
legislative requirements and utilize emerging technologies.





For further information:

For further information: Rachel Sa, PR POST, (416) 777-0368,
rachel@prpost.ca


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