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Wednesday, July 03, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

SCC deals a blow to tax evaders in Canada | David Rotfleisch

The use of banks in foreign jurisdictions to hide information, assets and income from tax authorities worldwide, in non-tax havens such as Switzerland or tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, is almost as obsolete as buggy whip manufacturing. Not even supremely talented Canadian tax lawyers can overturn the tide of public sentiment against tax evasion. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 5:51 PM

Ontario’s top court rules federal carbon-pricing plan constitutional Stewart Elgie

In a 4-1 opinion released on June 28, the Ontario Court of Appeal held that the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, enacted in April, is constitutional. ... [read more]

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Statement of Principles stays for now as LSO Convocation becomes mired in debate Malcolm Mercer sm

After a full day of debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) was unable to come to a decision on the diversity initiative that has not only divided Convocation, but the profession as well. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT - Disclosure of information

Appeal from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal affirming a decision that dismissed a motion brought by DGGMC Bitton Trust’s sole trustee, the appellant, to quash a formal demand sent by the Agence du revenu du Québec (ARQ) for information and documents pursuant to s. 39 of the Quebec Tax Administration Act (TAA). ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 12:39 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 3:49 PM

SCC okays Quebec tax officials’ production demand to Alberta bank branch whose customer is under audit Justice Malcolm Rowe

The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously upheld the validity of a formal production demand, under Quebec’s tax administration law, for banking records at an Alberta bank branch where there is an account for a customer that is being audited by the Quebec Revenue Agency (QRA) to determine whether the customer owes taxes in Quebec. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Federal government seeking input on changes to stock option rules

The federal government is looking to tweak the rules surrounding the preferential tax treatment of employee stock options to address issues of fairness, and observers are mixed on what the cumulative effects of the changes will be if adopted. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 6:28 AM

FEDERAL INCOME TAX - Tax avoidance - Series of transactions

Appeal by an amalgamated company from reassessment disallowing $16 million in non-capital losses incurred by Veracel Inc. and claimed by the appellant. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Ottawa appoints one judge in Ontario, promotes another

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the following judicial appointments in the province of Ontario: ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Ottawa appoints Smith as chief justice of N.S. Supreme Court

The federal Department of Justice on June 24 announced the appointment of Deborah K. Smith as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. ... [read more]

Friday, June 21, 2019 @ 2:32 PM

Downey commits to collaborative approach as Ontario’s new attorney general Exclusive

Lauded by former colleagues for his collegiality, Ontario’s new Attorney General Douglas Richard Downey plans to take a collaborative approach on new initiatives and lingering issues that dogged his predecessor, including one that drew a comment from Canada’s top judge. ... [read more]