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
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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more

Breaches of confidentiality expose taxpayers to damages

News that most of the privacy breaches reported by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in 2014 were committed by the agency’s employees highlights the need for tougher sanctions ... Read more

Rules around eligible medical expenses need loosening

While recent news reports say the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is now allowing medical marijuana as an eligible medical expense, the agency’s recognition of ... Read more

Tax obligations, debts continue for incapacitated individuals

As incapacitated individuals have the same tax filing requirements as all other taxpayers, substitute decision makers should be sure to stay on top of their ... Read more

Large costs award for CRA provides lessons for taxpayers

The Tax Court of Canada's recent move to hand down one of the first cost awards against a taxpayer under a new set of rules should be considered a cautionary ... Read more

More to uncollectible tax debt data than meets the eye

Recent reports detailing the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) move to write off some $4 billion in uncollectable debts over the last two years do not necessarily ... Read more

Seek out reputable accountant to guard against tax fraud

Unfortunately for taxpayers, cases of fraud involving tax preparers are a well-known phenomenon in Canada, and serve to highlight the importance of using a reputable accountant, ... Read more

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