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
Employee v. freelancer distinction key from tax perspective

The question of whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor can be a minefield from a tax point of view, with the employer assuming most of the risk, Toronto tax ... Read more

Case confirms CRA cannot arbitrarily delay assessment

The Federal Court’s recent move to order the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to process a tax return it had been holding for two years in hopes of discouraging ... Read more

CRA dispute highlights transfer pricing rules, requirements

News that the Canadian Revenue Agency is seeking more than US$200 million in back taxes and penalties from a Vancouver-based "streaming" firm is an important reminder that ... Read more

Federal revenue agency writes off billions in 'uncollectible' tax debts

OTTAWA - The federal revenue agency has written off at least $4 billion in debts in the last two years - including accounts worth more than $10 million, newly released records ... Read more

Jump in voluntary disclosures shows awareness of new reality

Recently reported data that shows a large increase in the number of voluntary disclosures to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is just the latest sign that taxpayers are ... Read more

Income splitting still limited for private corporations

Although a recent study raises the possibility that those in several higher-income professions have been income splitting for years, for most, this is not the main tax ... Read more

Shooting by alleged de-taxer latest tragedy involving group

Reports that a man implicated in the recent shooting death of an Edmonton police officer may also be linked to a group of de-taxers is the most recent incident involving a ... Read more

CRA security concerns persist after recent study

It is clear that data security remains a concern at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), after reports that nearly a quarter of employees clicked on a fake phishing email as part ... Read more

Start planning tax strategies now: Rotfleisch

Tax season may officially be over, but it is time for taxpayers to start planning strategies for this year, Toronto tax litigation lawyer David J. Rotfleisch tells ... Read more

Cash business, self-employment can be audit triggers

Any number of factors can lead to a taxpayer being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), but some “red flags” may make certain people more likely ... Read more

Tax advice crucial for start-ups

While many small businesses would consider contacting a tax lawyer when the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) comes calling, tax advice is also essential for companies starting ... Read more

New T1135s – Canadian tax lawyer comments

By David Rotfleisch You may have heard of the T1135 form, also known as a Foreign Income Verification Statement. You may have also heard that there have been changes made by ... Read more

Unfiled tax return may require voluntary disclosure

There are many reasons why people may not file a tax return, but there are options available for those who want to remedy their situation with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), ... Read more

CRA targeting Canadians with too many wins in TFSAs

By David Rotfleisch In late 2011, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) began auditing Tax-Free Savings Account (“TFSA”) holders for the 2009 and 2010 ... Read more

Offshore accounts not illegal, but taxpayers must disclose assets

Letters sent to certain Canadian taxpayers late last year, reminding them of their filing obligation, show that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is turning up the heat on offshore ... Read more

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