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Lawsuit over GA fee likely to end up before SCC

It is likely that Canada’s top court will eventually weigh in on the issues raised in a recently launched lawsuit against the Ontario government, that argues the global ... Read more

CRA stats show 'strong argument' for retaining current VDP rules

Recent figures released by the government that show a large number of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audits resulted in only a small number of criminal charges are a strong argument ... Read more

Gov't starting to tax shared economy at consumer level

The Quebec government’s recent agreement with Airbnb that allows the online hospitality service to collect and remit the tax on lodging on behalf of hosts represents ... Read more

Small businesses, Trudeau govt headed for autumn tax showdown

Ottawa's fall parliamentary session is a couple of weeks away and Canadians are already getting a preview of what could be the season's main event: a scrap over the Liberals' ... Read more

All taxpayers feel impact of construction sector's cash economy

For the average homeowner, it is important to pay contractors via cheque or credit card and receive a receipt, as participating in the underground cash economy can have severe ... Read more

Proposed changes would lead to demise of CRA's VDP

If enacted, recently proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) will have the effect of ultimately killing what is arguably one of the most effective initiatives ... Read more

Loopholes likely to remain after tax act amendments

Although the government recently announced plans to tighten a number of tax rules — including a move to prevent ‘income sprinkling’ amongst family members ... Read more

Voluntary disclosure in offshore case 'business as usual' for CRA

Although reports that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) entered into secret deals with several KPMG clients over an offshore tax “sham” last year may have shocked many ... Read more

Proposed changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program

By David J. Rotfleisch Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) – current rules The Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP or Canadian Tax Amnesty) is a Canada Revenue ... Read more

Treaty signifies further clampdown on international tax evasion

The federal government’s recent move to sign a multilateral convention aimed at preventing companies from ‘treaty shopping’ between jurisdictions represents a ... Read more

Government warned about perils of tightening tax amnesty program

OTTAWA — Within weeks, Ottawa is expected to unveil proposed restrictions to an income tax amnesty program that has raked in millions for federal coffers, but experts are ... Read more

Advice from tax lawyer, accountant crucial during CRA audit

For taxpayers on the receiving end of one of the thousands of audit letters the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sent   this year, it is essential to first understand what the ... Read more

Success of CRA crackdown on offshore tax evasion unclear

Although the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) claims the Panama Papers scandal has allowed it to showcase how the agency has changed its tactics,  Canadian tax lawyer David J. ... Read more

Voluntary disclosure wise for restaurateur with unreported sales

Although the food sector is a common target of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) auditors, there is an option available to restaurant owners who have engaged in unreported cash ... Read more

Voluntary disclosure deal 'made sense' in KPMG matter

Although recent reports raise interesting points about the actions of accounting giant KPMG in an alleged offshore tax “sham,” criticisms of the use of the Voluntary ... Read more

Crucial to retain records when deducting Airbnb expenses

Taxpayers hoping to claim expenses related to their Airbnb activity should know that some will be fully deductible, but others need to be prorated — and the key to ... Read more

Fingerprinting may lead to border issues for accused tax evaders

As they do not fall under the Criminal Code of Canada, tax evasion charges have not historically resulted in individuals being denied entry to the United States — but with ... Read more

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

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

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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