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Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 9:32 AM

The 2018 Quebec budget: Sales tax and the digital economy digital_tax_sm

Finance Minister Carlos J. Leitão announced in the 2018 Quebec Budget of March 27 a number of measures regarding the Quebec Sales Tax (QST) scheme aimed at expanding the QST base to digital business in Quebec. ... [read more]

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

Changes to B.C.’s property transfer tax omits beneficial ownership tansfer_tax_sm

British Columbia recently passed a budget bill with significant changes to the province’s Property Transfer Tax Act. The amendments include a new increased tax rate that applies to the purchase of a residential property worth more than $3 million; extending the geographical scope and raising the rate of the foreign buyers tax (FBT), which is governed by the same statute as the basic Property Transfer Tax (PTT); expanding the general anti-avoidance provision to apply to the entire regime (and not only to the FBT); and introducing a new administrative penalty regime for avoidance and evasion. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX (GST) - Input tax credits - Commercial activities

Appeal by the taxpayer, ONEnergy Inc., from a determination made by a Tax Court judge under Rule 58 of the Tax Court of Canada Rules that the appellant was not deemed to have incurred litigation costs in the course of a commercial activity pursuant to s. 141.1(3)(a) of the Excise Tax Act and thus not entitled to input tax credits for GST or HST paid in relation to legal costs. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Judge ‘shocked’ by JDR room full of ‘very large dark men’ does ‘not harbour racist views’: federal judicial council Justice Kristine Eidsvik

An Alberta judge who publicly expressed her “shock” in unexpectedly encountering a judicial dispute resolution room “full of very large dark men” does “not harbour racist views” the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) states in a decision that critics say fails to adequately address or acknowledge unconscious and systemic racial bias on the federal bench. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Malpractice claims regarding wills double in a decade exploding_document_sm

While wills and estates may never rival litigation or real estate as a risky practice area for lawyers, LAWPRO has seen the average annual number of wills claims double over the past ten years. ... [read more]

Monday, April 09, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Updated: U.S. tax law reform means Canada has lost ‘competitive advantage’: experts Veronika Chang

The U.S. Congress made the biggest change to the American tax system in 30 years last December, the reverberations of which are still being felt across the country. And although individual Canadians will not be affected at nearly the same level, there are still aspects of the plan people residing inside Canadian borders should be aware of. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

Bennett Jones names partners

Ten lawyers representing a wide variety of specialties have been admitted as partners at Bennett Jones LLP. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

What bills C-44 and C-4 mean to Canadian employers Belisle C-44

In June 2017, two key pieces of legislation tabled by the federal government that have serious consequences for federally regulated employers received royal assent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

Federal Court of Appeal reverses Tax Court decision on litigation expenses Adrienne Woodyard sm

The Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a Tax Court of Canada decision in a move lawyers say demonstrates that corporate entities who incur litigation expenses after a business has been wound should not be denied Input Tax Credits (ITCs). ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Solicitor-client privilege could be next victim of the Panama Papers | Julius Melnitzer

Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, is closing its doors at the end of March. But its legacy, a full-frontal attack on lawyers, looms large. ... [read more]