Ontario Open For Business

    McGuinty Government Helps Ontario Businesses Save
    With New Faster, Easier Tax Services

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ -


    The province is providing better service for Ontario businesses by
streamlining and simplifying tax administration. The Ministry of Revenue is
launching ONT-TAXS (http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english) (Ontario's Tax
Services), an initiative to make services easier, faster and more convenient
for Ontario's businesses.
    The first step is the launch of 1-866-ONT-TAXS
(http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english) a single toll-free number that goes live
today. Replacing 39 existing toll-free numbers, the new number makes it
straightforward for callers to access the help and information they need, when
they need it. Through the new interactive telephone system, clients will have
"one-window" service delivery and convenient access to information, 24 hours a
day/7 days a week.

    Remaining parts of the ONT-TAXS initiative that are coming soon include:
    -  one Business Number for simpler transactions;
    -  24/7 access to on-line services including paying taxes electronically,
       plus online viewing of tax account history; and
    -  improvements to service delivery (for example: accessible service;
       simplified returns; and a reduction in the number of forms and


    "ONT-TAXS will help businesses across all industry sectors in Ontario who
remit sales tax or commodity taxes do their business with the government
easier, faster and when it's convenient for them," said W. Jack Millar, past
Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade's Tax Committee.
    "At the Ministry of Revenue, we're changing the way we work to serve
Ontario businesses better. Starting today our clients will begin to notice
changes that will allow them to do business with the government when and how
it suits them," said Revenue Minister Monique Smith


    -  Over 300,000 RST tax clients will be able to use our 24/7 online
       service by December 2008 - increasing to about 600,000 tax clients by

    -  Thus far, through the ONT-TAXS initiative, the Ontario government has
       already begun easing the paper burden for business with a reduction of
       more than 35 per cent in the number of letters and forms used.

    -  In 2006/2007 the Ministry of Revenue made approximately 13,000
       personal visits to new vendors to help them better understand their
       tax obligations.


    Learn more about Ontario's innovative new tax system
    Learn about the ONT-TAXS Advisory Group
(http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/english/about/committees/otag.html), who is on it
and what they are saying about ONT-TAXS.
    Are you a business owner or operator? Let us know what you think of
ONT-TAXS. E-mail us at feedback.rev@ontario.ca.

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For further information:

For further information: David Spencer, Minister's Office: (416)
326-9345; Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance/Revenue: (416) 325-0324;
Toll-free: 1-866-ONT-TAXS

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