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As we entered into summer when many slow down and take some time off we have found that here at Cloud Bookkeeping Services we are busy with a mission.

Our mission is to educate Small Businesses and their employees on the upcoming changes to the Minimum Wage.

****Disclaimer, please note that this blog is not intended to imply that I do not want to see the Minimum Wage increase. I am simply concerned that this is too much too fast and other actions need to happen as well to make sure this truly benefits everyone. Simply raising the wage is not enough.

We have heard that employers are concerned about this because it is such a drastic change. They are concerned about whether or not they can keep the business doors open, and we know first hand of some who say they won't. They are concerned about how to compensate their current skilled employees to keep them at a reasonable payscale above those who have less experience but now have had their payscale dramatically increased. We all know that if we have skilled employees we want to keep them so it is important that they also see an increase with this Minimum wage hike. Employers are concerned about how this will affect training costs as we are now starting employees at a much higher level then before and cannot offer a gradual increase based on experience as we might have in past.

Now our goal is not to keep the employees at a low payscale. In fact most of our businesses already pay above Minimum Wage. But it is important that the employees also understand how this will affect them. This will not only affect their wage but will affect the amount of tax they pay, the government benefits they receive and things like childcare subsidy.

We ran some basic scenarios to see how the Minimum Wage increase will affect some common households. Here is what we found.

Scenario #1

Single Mom with Two Kids, one in Daycare, working 40 hours a week.

Starts at $11.40 hourly and moves to $15.00 an hour

Annually she earned $35,336.36 which increases to $40,397.72

However she now pays more in childcare as her subsidy level has changed.

She now pays more in Taxes as she is earning more

She now pays more in general as this has caused the rate of inflation to accelerate and everything costs her more.

At the end of the year her actual Annual Household Benefit from this increase is actually only $619.38

The Government however has collected another $2331.66 from her in Taxes over the year.

Scenario #2

Two Parent Household with two kids, one in Daycare, both working 40 hours a week.

Parent #1 starts at $11.40 hourly and moves to $15.00 an hour

Parent #2 starts at $15.00 hourly and moves to $18.00 and hour

Seems promising.

Annually they earned $54,327.58 which increases to $59,192.69

However they now pay more in childcare as their subsidy level has changed.

They now pay more in Taxes as they are earning more

They now pay more in general as this has caused the rate of inflation to accelerate and everything costs them more.

At the end of the year their actual Annual Household Benefit from this increase is actually only $423.13

The Government however has collected another $8085.11 from them in Taxes over the year.

Here is our challenge out to all the bookkeeper and accountants. Take this information and educate. Educate your tax clients. Educate your small businesses. Educate your community.

We are hosting a number of local seminars to spread the word. If you want any information that we are using sent to you, feel free to reach out to us at support@cloudbookkeepingservices.ca


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