David Rotfleisch

David Rotfleisch
FIRM:
Rotfleisch & Samulovitch
POSITION:
Founder & Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Tax

David Rotfleisch, founder and principal of the Toronto-based firm Rotfleisch & Samulovitch PC, focuses on income tax law.

He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1975 and became a chartered accountant in 1977. Mr. Rotfleisch went on to earn a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983. He founded the firm in 1987.

A lawyer and chartered professional accountant, Mr. Rotfleisch handles simple and complex tax and estate planning matters, as well as tax amnesty and tax litigation issues. His clients include start-up businesses, resident and non-resident business owners, and corporations.

With a background in the computer and IT industry, Mr. Rotfleisch also assists with technology matters, including high-tech legal issues such as software development and intellectual property.

David Rotfleisch Posts

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 tax law matters for individuals and businesses. Read more

Tax court costs awards may prompt CRA to settle before trial

Parties who are successful against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in tax court are entitled to the reimbursement of some costs, which may act as a strong incentive for the taxman to settle a case before trial, says Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch . Read more

Crucial for cryptocurrency holders to understand tax impact

With the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) zeroing in on unreported cryptocurrency transactions over the last year, taxpayers who trade these assets should understand how they are viewed by the taxman, says Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch . Read more

Actions against Swiss banks part of global tax evasion crackdown

Recent moves by European financial authorities to levy penalties against or request client information from Swiss banks is just the latest development in the international crackdown on cross-border tax evasion, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

CRA wins appeal against couple who alleged 'malicious' tax evasion probe

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Court of Appeal has set aside a $1.7-million damage award to a Vancouver Island couple who a lower court had said were ruined through the “malicious'' actions of the Canada Revenue Agency. Read more

Tax writeoff an option for defunct cryptocurrency exchange users

With recovery efforts proving to be challenging so far, Canadians holding cryptocurrency on an insolvent exchange may be in a position to claim a tax loss, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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, there is a risk of audit for those who may not have complied with American reporting requirements, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 down on offshore tax evasion, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 likely has more to do with raising revenues than with general deterrence, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 apply to a business on a reserve whose customers are non-Aboriginal, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 audit, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 ultimately results in less unnecessary litigation, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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 scope with respect to their operations, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . As The Lawyer’s Daily reports, the draft legislation proposes to amend the Income Tax Act (ITA), to implement changes consistent with Recommendation #3 of the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities — an expert panel appointed by the National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier in 2016 that provided recommendations based on consultations held with charities. Read more

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 lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com , the real taxman will not call and threaten to arrest anyone for unpaid taxes. Read more

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 fully exchange information as well as focus on digital currency transactions, Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more