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
CRA owes duty of care to Canadian taxpayers

By David Rotfleisch In the recent case of Leroux v Canada Revenue Agency the British Columbia Supreme Court found for the first time that employees of the Canada Revenue Agency ... Read more

RRSP withdrawal tax planning

By David Rotfleisch It is possible to structure a gradual withdrawal of RRSP funds without paying tax through an offsetting interest deduction on funds borrowed and invested in ... Read more

Charities faced with CRA requests should consult lawyer

Although compliance requests from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can place significant financial demands on small charities, a tax lawyer may be able to help negotiate a better ... Read more

Deceased taxpayers and the voluntary disclosure program

By David Rotfleisch There can be many tax obligations on a person’s estate even after he or she has died. These obligations are carried out by the executor.  Read More at Tax ... Read more

Charity has same rights as taxpayer if challenged by CRA

As the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) widens its audit into the political activities of charities, organizations should be aware of their rights, and how the process works if they are ... Read more

July 31 deadline for new tax form T1135

By David Rotfleisch All Canadian taxpayers with foreign property costing more than $100,000 are required to submit Canadian Income Tax form T1135 annually along with their ... Read more

Fiscal Arbitrators cases all adjourned

By David Rotfleisch Fiscal Arbitrators sold fraudulent tax shelters to Canadian taxpayers. The CRA has assessed all taxpayers with gross negligence penalties, even though many ... Read more

CRA targeting middle income taxpayers

By David Rotfleisch The CRA (the Canadian Income Tax department) has recently focused on middle income Canadian taxpayers. The CRA conducted cross-country pilot projects to ... Read more

Advice from tax lawyer crucial before investing in charity shelter

News that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is widening its probe into a number of charity tax shelter schemes highlights the importance of seeking professional tax advice before ... Read more

Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption – tax lawyer explanation

By David Rotfleisch The Canadian capital gains exemption allows Canadian individual taxpayers to realize tax-free capital gains on the disposition of shares of a Qualified Small ... Read more

CRA cuts off electronic access over security concerns

OTTAWA - A major international security concern has forced the shutdown of electronic filing services at the Canada Revenue Agency, and there are concerns the problem could ... Read more

Donation returns cannot be held in abeyance by CRA

By David J. Rotfleisch In Ficek v. the Attorney General for Canada , 2013 FC 502 the taxpayer successfully compelled the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to issue a notice of ... Read more

Era of secret offshore bank accounts may be ending

Although the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is not likely to start devoting as many resources to finding unreported offshore income as its counterpart in the U.S., it is clear that ... Read more

Voluntary disclosure an option for unreported offshore income

Although the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a new whistleblower program aimed at combating international tax evasion, taxpayers with unreported offshore income still have the ... Read more

Tax lawyer's advice key when entering into tax-based deals

A recent case that has left thousands of unsuspecting taxpayers facing steep penalties after they became involved in a questionable tax scheme highlights the importance of ... Read more

CRA taking proactive approach in search for offshore accounts

Following news that a number of Swiss banks have signed up to a U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) program to disclose information about U.S. account holders, Toronto ... Read more

Tax deal with U.S. opens new doors for CRA

OTTAWA – A new deal with the United States over an American law aimed at rooting out tax cheats north of the border will ensure that Canadian financial institutions ... Read more

CRA income estimate may merit challenge

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may be zeroing in on taxpayers working in industries that have the potential for unreported earnings, but the software the agency uses to estimate ... Read more

De-taxers reconsidering stance have options

Paying taxes may be considered unconstitutional in the “de-tax” movement, but for those having second thoughts about their choice not to file, there are ways to remedy their ... Read more

Non-filing, tax evasion charges may result in jail time

While failing to file a tax return differs from tax evasion, both charges could potentially result in a jail sentence, says Toronto tax litigation lawyer  David J. Rotfleisch . ... Read more

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