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CRA-IRS information sharing has 'no direct effect' for most taxpayers

Although most taxpayers will not be directly affected by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s move to share millions of banking records with the U.S. over the last five years, ... Read more

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Paradise Papers audits show CRA cracking down on offshore tax evasion

Reports that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is auditing a number of taxpayers named in the Paradise Papers tax leak confirm just how serious the taxman is about cracking ... Read more

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Partnerships need to consider new U.S. tax representative role

With the recent introduction of new partnership audit rules that set out who can represent a business before the IRS on tax matters, now is the time for partnerships ... Read more

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David J. Rotfleisch's media roundup

Canadian tax lawyer   David J. Rotfleisch  is frequently called upon by the media to be a trusted source for their news stories, particularly for his focus on ... Read more

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New CRA tool unlikely to deter tax evaders: Rotfleisch

The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) recent decision to start using the Criminal Code proceeds-of-crime provision to seize the assets of those charged with tax evasion ... Read more

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Be aware of continued impact of U.S. tax reform on 2018 returns

While U.S. tax reform had a significant impact on expats and shareholders of foreign corporations last year, it is critical for taxpayers to be aware of the ongoing relevance ... Read more

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Case shows possible limits of First Nations business tax exemption

Although First Nations people living on reserves are eligible for a number of tax exemptions , a recent case shows that in the eyes of the taxman, this rule does not necessarily ... Read more

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Report shows CRA stats affecting taxpayer treatment at audit

A newly released report by Canada’s auditor general appears to show that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) targets may be driving the way in which taxpayers are being treated at ... Read more

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Decision to renounce U.S. citizenship should not be tax-based

For American citizens and Green card holders living in Canada, the overwhelming nature of complying with tax filing requirements may lead some to consider the step of ... Read more

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The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part V

By Avi Dahary for AdvocateDaily.com Personal and Estate Income Tax Part  four  of this series covered the executor’s duty to ascertain and discharge ... Read more

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Use of AI software in tax cases positive if litigation reduced

News that the government has started a pilot project to use commercial artificial intelligence software in tax cases is a welcome development for taxpayers if it ... Read more

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IRS OVDP no more! Where do you go from here?

As announced earlier this year , the IRS closed its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) in September — a program that started back in 2009 and went through ... Read more

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Proposed tax changes set to remove uncertainty for charities

Draft tax legislation that proposes to remove restrictions on charities’ non-partisan political activities will act to both clarify the rules and give organizations more ... Read more

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Sales tax ruling means new compliance burden for online retailers

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that South Dakota can impose sales tax on online purchases even if a business isn't physically based in the state, will bring new compliance ... Read more

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Threats of arrest make CRA scam calls easy to identify

A phone scam claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is making the rounds and has already duped a number of taxpayers across the country, but as Canadian tax ... Read more

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Top 10 tips for estate executors: Dahary

The position of estate executor is fraught with pitfalls, particularly for a person doing the job for the first time, says  Avi Dahary , founder of  AccounTrust. In ... Read more

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CRA argument in case would have changed tax filing for PCs

Had the Tax Court of Canada accepted the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) arguments in a recent case involving s.160 of the Income Tax Act , it would have turned the manner in ... Read more

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The IRS is ending OVDP in Sept. 2018 — here are four alternatives

By Alexey Manasuev In March 2018, the IRS made an announcement of titanic proportions. It will be ending the  Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) ... Read more

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Co-operation, cryptocurrency focus of new tax enforcement group

News that Canada has joined a new multinational group aimed at combating international tax evasion is a “long overdue” development that will allow law enforcement to ... Read more

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Outsource estates financials, advises accountant

Unbiased estate and trust accounting for large estates, or those being disputed, should be handled by independent accountants rather than within law firms that don’t ... Read more

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