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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

Failure to tell CRA about sale of home may bring penalties

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may be lenient with taxpayers when it comes to the new requirement to report the sale of their principal residence on a 2017 tax return ... Read more

Large penalties, jail time common in 'tax protest' scheme cases

A recent case where two ‘tax protesters’ were given jail sentences for their role in enabling or advising individuals to evade paying income tax shows that the ... Read more

$1.7M award for B.C. couple after malicious prosecution by CRA

VICTORIA — A Vancouver Island couple has been awarded nearly $1.7 million in damages after a judge criticized the Canada Revenue Agency for the “ruination'' of their ... Read more

Selling, trading cryptocurrency a 'taxable event'

Although taxpayers trading bitcoin for another cryptocurrency may think they do not have to report the transaction, they need to be aware that in the eyes of the Canada Revenue ... Read more

Upcoming changes make CRA's VDP less attractive to taxpayers

Changes to the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) set to take effect March 1 will make the initiative far less attractive to taxpayers and may lead to its effective demise, ... Read more

Changes to tax reform proposals not beneficial to lawyers

While the federal government recently moved to scale back the tax reforms it proposed for professional corporations last year, the changes that will be the ... Read more

CRA move to obtain PayPal information not yet an enforcement action

Although PayPal has informed certain business account holders that it was recently ordered to release the details of their transactions to the Canada Revenue Agency ... Read more

Profit on sale of bitcoins reportable to CRA

Even though bitcoin is bought and sold in cyberspace, any gains realized on a digital currency transaction must be reported to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA),  Canadian ... Read more

Announcement of audit targeting wealthy serves a purpose: Rotfleisch

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audits based on postal code may not be new, but in discussing its latest initiative targeting wealthy neighbourhoods, the taxman likely has a ... Read more

CRA vows action on Canadian tax evaders exposed in Paradise Papers

OTTAWA — The Canada Revenue Agency says it won't hesitate to investigate new evidence of offshore tax evasion in the wake of a second massive leak of tax ... Read more

Inappropriate for LSUC to impose values on licensees: Rotfleisch

While it may be simple for legal professionals to adopt the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) new requirement to sign a statement of principles on diversity,  ... Read more

Changes to proposed tax rules 'less damaging' for small businesses

Although elements of the previously proposed changes to the small business tax in Canada have survived and will create compliance burdens for taxpayers, a vigorous response from ... Read more

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

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