Tax

Woodyard to discuss managing tax audits, investigations

Toronto tax litigator Adrienne Woodyard is set to share her expertise on resolving potential tax disputes at an upcoming course in Calgary. Read more

Tax Court cost rules apply to inappropriate pleadings, recent ruling shows

A rare award of solicitor-client costs handed down by the Tax Court of Canada in a recent case is an example of how the court’s new cost award rules apply to inappropriate pleadings, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Jail sentences typical in 'de-taxer' counselling cases

News that a B.C. man was recently sentenced to jail time for educating others on how to avoid paying taxes shows the zero tolerance that both the Canada Revenue Agency and the courts have for the “cottage industry” of de-tax counsellors, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Cases may signal a new duty of care to taxpayers

While past decisions have held that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) owed a duty of care only to the minister of revenue rather than to taxpayers, two recent cases may indicate that a general duty of care is developing, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch writes in Law Times . Read more

Glaxo case settles, but earlier ruling gives multinationals pricing flexibility

Although the Tax Court of Canada will not have a chance to reconsider the transfer pricing issue in Canada v. GlaxoSmithKline Inc . , the Supreme Court of Canada’s earlier comments that pricing is not an “exact science” will provide large multinationals some leeway, says Toronto tax litigator Adrienne Woodyard . Read more

Global tax information sharing to increase through 2018

While it is unlikely that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will aggressively pursue offshore banks for the details of Canadians’ unreported income in 2015, this will become reality once a multinational tax swap initiative comes into force in 2018, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Political activity audit strips Dying with Dignity of charitable tax status

OTTAWA – The federal government is stripping Dying with Dignity Canada of its charitable tax status following a political activity audit by the Canada Revenue Agency. Read more

Woodyard joins partnership at Davis LLP

In recognition of her contributions to the firm and to the area of tax law, Toronto tax litigator Adrienne Woodyard was recently named a partner at Davis LLP. Read more

Bank secrecy for tax evasion is coming to an end: Rotfleisch

News that one of the largest banks in Israel admitted that it helped more than 1,500 U.S. account holders evade taxes provides further proof of the end of the era of bank secrecy around tax evasion, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Tax treatment of Bitcoins

By David Rotfleisch . Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Dogecoin and Mazacoin are attracting more attention from the media and from Canadian taxpayers. Due to their nature Bitcoins are in use throughout various jurisdictions, however, not all countries treat Bitcoins in the same way when it comes to income taxation. Read More at The Tax Page Blog Read more

Easy to fall offside broad tax provision

While the part of the Income Tax Act that deals with indirect payments is essential in deterring people from seeking a tax advantage, it can be easy to inadvertently run afoul of this broad provision, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Woodyard to share strategies with junior lawyers at LSUC event

At a Law Society of Upper Canada event next month aimed at junior lawyers, Toronto tax litigator Adrienne Woodyard will share her expertise on how to look at a files strategically in order to determine what the relevant issues are and what is actionable. Read more

Taxpayers at centre of CRA leak may find "remedies" inadequate

A list of prominent Canadians who found themselves at the centre of a recent Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) information leak to the media may not find the remedies available to them very satisfying, Toronto tax litigator Adrienne Woodyard writes in Lexpert . Read more

Tax agency discloses confidential tax info to CBC

TORONTO – The Canada Revenue Agency confirmed late Tuesday that it has accidentally disclosed confidential taxpayer information to the CBC. Read more