David Rotfleisch

David Rotfleisch
Rotfleisch & Samulovitch
Founder & Principal

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 In The News
Large banks unlikely to shun Americans due to tax rules

A small Canadian bank’s recent move to deny accounts to American customers as a result of new U.S. tax rules is unsurprising, but it is unlikely that large ... Read more

Taxpayers should seek answers from professionals, not CRA

A recent survey that suggests as many as one in four business callers to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are receiving inaccurate information highlights the fact that taxpayers ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. The agency said the document was ... Read more

Small businesses to benefit from temporary reduction in EI premiums

By David Rotfleisch Federal government recently announced that medium-sized and small Canadian businesses can pay a lower employer EI premium starting Jan. 1 2015. What the ... Read more

New tax credit 'clear win' for families

Although the federal government’s new tax credit for families does not amount to real income splitting, it still represents a victory for taxpayers, says Toronto tax planning ... Read more

Unclear CRA letters costly for taxpayers

Letters sent out by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) are confusing and poorly written, according to a recent study – highlighting a potentially costly problem that many lawyers and ... Read more

Director liability avoided

By David Rotfleisch The Income Tax Act sets out director liability in s. 227.1 for unremitted source deductions unless the director has resigned at least two years prior to ... Read more

Duty-of-care ruling may lead to new CRA employee standards

The outcome of a taxpayer’s nearly 20-year battle against the Canada Revenue Agency has the potential to force the agency to radically change the behaviour of its employees, ... Read more

Recovering missing Social Insurance Number (SIN)

By David Rotfleisch A SIN is required to file Canadian income tax returns. If your SIN card is lost or stolen and you have not recorded your number, you can request ... Read more

Participation in CRA tax informant program expected to grow

While it is still too early to tell whether the Canada Revenue Agency’s new program aimed at cracking down on offshore tax evasion has been a success, participation will likely ... Read more

CRA appeals officer cuts could increase backlog

If reports of a possible staffing change at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) come to pass, taxpayers who have filed objections could be facing longer waits before the agency handles ... Read more

Canadian taxation of contract cancellation payments

By David Rotfleisch A termination fee received for cancellation of a contract will be considered to have been received as a payment on account of capital (capital gain) or as ... Read more

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