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

Rotfleisch featured tax expert on new advice site

Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch and his firm Rotfleisch & Samulovitch Professional Corporation will be featured as experts on the newly-launched Mondaq Canada Tax Assistance Advice Centre website . Read more

Incorporation brings tax advantages for law firms

There are both tax and non-tax related reasons for lawyers to consider incorporation, but to date, only a small number of firms have structured themselves in this way, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells Law Times . Read more

CRA can 'reset' limitation period on tax debt collection

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may be prevented from collecting tax debts that are more than 10 years old — but only if there has been no collections action from the agency during that time, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch writes on Mondaq.com. Read more

Case highlights limits of CRA audit powers

A Quebec judge's recent criticism of the Canada Revenue Agency’s conduct in a probe that led to criminal charges highlights the fact that the CRA is not permitted to use its audit powers as part of a criminal or tax evasion investigation, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Voluntary disclosure window closing for unreported Swiss accounts

Canadian taxpayers who have not reported their Swiss bank accounts to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may be running out of time to file a voluntary disclosure, in order to avoid financial penalties or possible criminal prosecution, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch writes on Mondaq.com. Read more

Year-end brings key opportunities for tax planning

The end of the year brings a number of opportunities to reduce your 2015 taxes — and many taxpayers may already be engaging in tax planning without realizing it, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch writes on Mondaq.com. Read more

Americans in Canada should seek tax advice on new FATCA rules

With a legal challenge denied and a new cross-border tax agreement to exchange financial information now in place, American citizens resident in Canada should be sure to seek tax advice before the 2016 filing deadline, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Resist pressure to take on all files when starting law firm

When starting your own law practice, it can be tempting to take on any work that comes your way — but it is a better idea to stick to your guns and not try to be all things to all people, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells Lawyers Weekly . “When I went out on my own, people said, ‘you won’t get to do what you want to do. You’ll do whatever work comes in the door.’ I said, ‘no I won’t,’” says Rotfleisch, founding tax lawyer at Rotfleisch & Samulovitch Professional Corporation , which now employs seven people. While Rotfleisch tells Lawyers Weekly that he certainly felt the financial pressure when starting out, he didn’t give in when a real estate transaction came his way. He referred it out, and says he is glad he did. “On the face of it, it looked like a simple transaction but it was a problem deal. If I had done it on my own, I probably would have gotten into trouble and could have been sued. I certainly would have needed assistance. It had the potential of leading to malpractice and negligence,” he says in the article. Read more

Charities: file returns or face losing charitable status

News that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revoked the charitable status of a New Brunswick non-profit underscores how vital it is for charities to file annual information returns with the agency, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Taxpayers may be unaware of extent of CRA collection powers

Taxpayers who have had their file forwarded to a Canada Revenue Agency collections officer may be surprised to learn that these employees have the power to seize bank accounts and take money without a court order, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch writes on Mondaq.com. Read more

New CRA priorities positive for taxpayers

Priorities set out by the new government that aim to increase the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) focus on clients and improve communication will be very welcome changes for taxpayers if they are implemented, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch . Read more

Earning income via corporation means tax deferral, not reduction

Although some believe that small businesses are a vehicle used by the wealthy to avoid tax, earning income this way merely defers taxes on active business income until dividends are paid out to shareholders, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch writes on Mondaq.com. Read more

Using corporation for income not always a tax advantage

While there is a benefit to using a corporation for active income in some circumstances, it is important to realize that this does not result in an absolute tax savings, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells Newstalk 1010’s The Night Side. Read more

Trust taxation changes a 'headache' for taxpayers

When changes to the taxation of testamentary trusts take effect on Jan. 1, the additional cost for taxpayers is likely to be in the tens of thousands of dollars per year for each trust, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells Canadian Lawyer . Read more

Only legal non-residents exempt from paying CRA

While there is nothing unusual about parents buying real estate for their student children in Canada, offshore-based property buyers should make sure they are considered non-residents in order to avoid running into problems with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), says Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more