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Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

Davies adds tax litigation partner Sood

Bobby Sood has joined the Toronto office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP as a partner in its tax litigation practice. ... [read more]

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

IP infringement: Accounting of profits, pre-judgment interest and taxation

Unlike in many other areas of law, in intellectual property infringement cases where the award is an accounting of the defendant’s profits courts have generally granted pre-judgment interest (PJI) a) at rates that are higher than those generally prescribed by statute, and b) on a compound (not simple) basis. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:08 PM

Markov to head up Dentons' tax group in St. Petersburg

Partner Vasilii Markov has joined Dentons as head of the tax group in St. Petersburg, Russia. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 9:22 AM

CRA targets underground economy with account information from PayPal paypal_cra_sm

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has previously carried out an audit of Uber to obtain information about drivers and some time ago obtained a court order for the records of eBay PowerSellers, and I predicted that it was just a matter of time until they went after PayPal. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Tax Views: Light shone on offshore trusts should be a red flag to lawyers and accountants | Vern Krishna

The release of 13 million documents in the so-called “Paradise Papers” has put offshore trusts in the limelight once again. Regardless of their legality and utility, the very mention of the word “offshore” conjures up images of secrecy, and improper tax evasion by high net worth individuals, trusts and multinational corporations, with calls for more money by the Canada Revenue Agency to conduct more audits in exotic jurisdictions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Paradise Papers have ‘unsavoury’ aspects, but perhaps not illegal activity, say experts Robert Kepes, Morris Kepes Winters LLP

The massive Paradise Papers release has caused much attention to be paid to the offshore investments of wealthy individuals both internationally and in Canada. But tax law experts are saying, whereas the optics of having such investments may not be good, it does not necessarily mean any laws are being broken. ... [read more]

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 8:48 AM

Decision highlights CRA’s overzealous tax litigation policy | Julius Melnitzer

Sometimes, litigants get so caught up in zealotry that they lose sight of basic underlying factors. That, perhaps, is part of the cost of the adversarial system. But when the zealot is the Crown in a country that faces vexing issues of delays in the court system and access to justice in general, some questions should be asked. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 12:49 PM

New tax partner for Stikeman Elliott

Pierre-Louis Le Saunier has joined the Montreal tax group of Stikeman Elliott LLP as a partner. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 8:23 AM

Lots of smoke and mirrors with release of Paradise Papers paradise_papers_sm

On November 5, a treasure trove of documents related to offshore investment activities of the wealthy – the Paradise Papers – was made public. The Paradise Papers involves a set of 13.4 million confidential documents which provide some insight into how the rich stash their money away in complicated offshore arrangements and avoid paying taxes. But is doing what you can to avoid paying taxes a bad thing? ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

Proposed changes to small business tax: What it means to lawyers, law firms business_tax_sm

The 2017 federal budget introduced new tax rules to the Canadian legislative framework. While many of us may understand the general sense of these changes, the impact they will have on lawyers and law firms may be less clear. In our practice as managers in our firm’s tax group, we have numerous clients who will be affected. With this article, we aim to clarify the impact of three particular changes on lawyers and law firms and provide guidance on the next steps legal professionals can take to meet the new compliance challenges. ... [read more]