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CBA letter raises concerns about impact of tax changes on lawyers

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:19 PM | By Tom Venetis

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is concerned that the federal government’s proposal to end billed-basis accounting will prevent people with limited financial means from hiring a lawyer.

In a March 23 letter, the day after Federal Budget 2017 was announced, the CBA said it was concerned “about the impacts of removing billed-basis accounting on professionals and their clients.”

The letter specifically asks for a meeting with Finance Minister Bill Morneau to discuss those impacts. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould...