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Solicitor-client privilege does not extend to accountant files

Although communications between tax lawyers and their clients are subject to solicitor-client privilege, the files of accountants can be seized by the taxman and form part of a ... Read more

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Woodyard to chair Law Society 'Tax Primer for Litigators' program

Toronto tax litigator  Adrienne Woodyard  will chair the upcoming ‘Tax Primer for Litigators’ continuing professional development program, presented by the ... Read more

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Answering complex tax queries requires in-depth experience

It is unsurprising that a recent evaluation showed some small businesses have been receiving inadequate information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) call centre, as it takes ... Read more

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The blueprint for a border-adjustment tax

By Dennis Nerland The current incentive for multinational corporations with U.S. and Canadian operations is to shift income out of the U.S. corporate tax environment, where ... Read more

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Canada's role as global tax haven 'surprising': Rotfleisch

Reports that Canada is considered to be a useful player in international tax evasion is just the latest surprising revelation from the Panama Papers information leak, Canadian ... Read more

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Top driver's case demonstrates taxman's collection powers

Reports claim that Revenue Quebec may be pursuing former world champion Formula One racer Jacques Villeneuve for $1.7 million in unpaid taxes — and in cases like this, the ... Read more

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Tax record 'snooping' undermines confidence in system

Although the privacy of tax records is guaranteed by law, recent reports that claim the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) was unable to prevent several employees from improperly ... Read more

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Expect audit letters following CRA review of funds transfers

As part of its crackdown on unreported offshore income and assets, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is set to ramp up its focus on electronic funds transfers to certain ... Read more

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Detail, documentation critical to taxpayer relief application

Taxpayer relief applications are one way in which individuals can seek to have the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) waive or cancel penalties or interest — but when filing a ... Read more

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Consider options ahead of 2017 changes to taxation of goodwill

With changes related to the income tax treatment of goodwill set to come into force on Jan. 1, any business owner thinking about selling should consider a restructuring plan that ... Read more

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Team approach key to family wealth protection, management

Given the increasingly complex nature of the investment marketplace, an all-inclusive approach, featuring an integrated team of professionals, is likely the best strategy when it ... Read more

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CRA takes too long to resolve tax objections, says audit

OTTAWA — The federal government takes months — sometimes years — to make decisions, costing Canadians time and money when it comes to resolving ... Read more

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Measuring lawyer efficacy through client-centric data

Although clients always want the best possible litigator in their corner when facing a tax dispute, when it comes to evaluating a lawyer’s skills and experience, no firm has ... Read more

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Building NewLaw podcast eligible for CPD credits in Ontario, B.C.

The  Building NewLaw podcast  recently became the first and only CPD-accredited legal podcast in Canada, following decisions by the Law Society of Upper Canada ... Read more

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Days of bank secrecy for offshore accounts 'long gone'

In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' data leak, there has been a concerted international effort to catch offshore tax evaders — which taxpayers should take as a clear ... Read more

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Custom tech solutions help deliver results for firm

For lawyers, technology shouldn't be about a particular app or piece of software — instead, it’s about taking advantage of opportunities to be better, Toronto tax ... Read more

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'Unconscionable' to tax income without allowing expenses, losses

Although the significant loss Donald Trump reportedly declared on his 1995 income tax return may be partly the result of government loopholes, the ability to carry that loss ... Read more

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Return on investment vital data point for law firms, clients

Providing undeniable proof of the benefits of harnessing data in a boutique law practice, Toronto tax litigation lawyer  Peter Aprile  tells the  ... Read more

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Sending condo sellers for tax advice a prudent move

In some Canadian markets, the practise of buying prebuilt condos and flipping them once completed has been a profitable activity — however, as Toronto tax litigation ... Read more

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Drilling down on the deductibility of paid executor compensation

By Avi Dahary The uncertainty surrounding whether compensation paid to an estate executor is deductible and if so, how much of it is deductible, has meant that most tax ... Read more

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