RBC and Scotiabank are starting to charge business owners a $25 setup fee to register for the tax file & pay service, along with a $2 per transaction fee and a minimum $2 monthly fee, which is waived if at least one tax payment is made that month.
TD Bank and CIBC currently charge a $2 transaction fee but no monthly or setup fees.
Thankfully, BMO doesn’t charge a fee for tax payments right now.
These charges reverse the progress made on Open Banking, which is a fully inclusive financial framework that is being rolled out in Canada. To make matters worse, the entire tax file & pay system is controlled by a single company, Dye & Durham, creating a monopoly that will ultimately hurt consumers and businesses financially.
“This is further confirmation that banks are looking to lure small business customers towards more expensive payment options, rather than focusing on providing convenience or lower fees,” said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
“These fees are excessive.” said Gary Sands, senior vice president of public policy and advocacy at the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.
Aaron Binder, director of the Better Way Alliance, called the pricing “fee sneaking”.
Sign this petition to STOP your bank from charging more fees for simply filing and paying your business taxes.
Sign this petition to have an OPEN tax filing and payment system that allows third-parties (such as Fintech's) to also offer the tax file & pay services.