PAYROLL tax, infrastructure and red tape top the list of concerns raised by Wanneroo business owners at a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCI) recently.
CCI met with Wanneroo business owners at the Ashby Bar and Bistro on November 23 to hear what government rules were making it harder for their businesses to grow and create jobs.
Payroll tax was an issue raised, with one local business owner saying he kept his business small because of the prospect of having to pay more.
Local infrastructure was also another concern, with Wanneroo business owners keen to see extensions to local rail lines and the Mitchell Freeway, to help facilitate commutes and create job opportunities for locals.
CCI chief executive Deidre Willmott said the responses echoed anxieties throughout the WA business community.
“It is of no surprise that business owners called out payroll tax; payroll tax is a tax on jobs,” she said.
“Businesses across the state consistently tell CCI that the tax stops business growth and job creation.
“CCI has long called for the payroll tax threshold to be lifted from its current level at $850,000 to $1.5 million, to give more businesses the relief and resources they need to expand and boost local jobs.”
Ms Willmott said that WA business owners advocated for an infrastructure plan that provides a long-term vision for business owners to plan investments with certainty.
“As we head into the March election, CCI will continue to help local businesses work by highlighting key reforms that the future State Government should prioritise,” she said.