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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

International coalition investigating cryptocurrency tax evasion, money laundering bitcoin_investigation_sm

The Wild West days of cryptocurrency and tax evasion are on the wane. Bitcoin, ethereum, dash and other digital currencies are now firmly in the crosshairs of worldwide tax authorities: the burning issue, of course, is the loss of tax revenue occurring from unreported cryptocurrency transactions. ... [read more]

Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 9:53 AM - Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2018 @ 1:10 PM

CRA’s decision on relief from filing deadlines ‘unreasonable and incorrect’, court rules Justin Kutyan sm

In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of a private corporation seeking relief from a filing requirement under the Income Tax Act. The dissent, written by Justice David Stratas, was critical of the Minister of National Revenue’s failure to interpret the Act and that, as an independent reviewer, the judge is not the minister’s “adviser, thinker, or ghostwriter.” ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Ontario court ruling reflects need for changing charity laws: lawyer Susna_Manwaring_sm

The actions of registered charities have changed over the years and laws must evolve with them, says a lawyer following a court decision striking down tax law limiting a group’s anti-poverty advocacy. The July 16 Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in Canada Without Poverty v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 ONSC 4147 pitted registered charity Canada Without Poverty (CWP) against the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in a battle over how much nonpartisan advocacy the WCP can do without being penalized. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL TAXATION - Sales tax - Persons liable for tax

Appeal by Shaw Cable Systems Limited, Shaw Communications Inc. and DBA Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (Shaw) from a decision finding it liable for payment of provincial sales tax (PST). ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:55 AM


Applications by Steam Whistle Brewing Inc. (Steam Whistle) and Great Western Brewing Company Ltd. (Great Western) for declarations that mark-up on liquor was unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:48 AM

Estate planning for millennials: No time like the present mellennials_group_sm

As millennials enter the workforce and begin acquiring their own assets, it is important to turn our mind to the aging population and the significant wealth transfer by baby boomers to millennials over the next several decades. In preparation, the younger generation should consider preparing a will, giving careful consideration to who they wish to benefit, and taking steps to protect family wealth. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Blockchain solutions, smart contracts and jobs for lawyers Open_palms_sm.jpg

Many tech enthusiasts postulate that blockchain will bring about the end of the intermediary, and with this, the end of the lawyer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 2:24 PM

Tax expert Roy joins Langlois’ Quebec City office as partner

Bernard Roy has joined Langlois lawyers’ business law group in its Quebec City office, as a partner. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

Employers must be ‘cognizant’ of additional liabilities in wrongful dismissal, says lawyer James_LeMesurier_sm

Damages for wrongful dismissal are not limited to what an employer must pay a fired worker for reasonable notice or the remainder of a contract, says counsel for a woman awarded compensation after being dinged with New Brunswick taxes on a payout from a lost job in low-tax Nunavut. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:42 AM

The pan-Canadian framework on climate change: Ontario v. Ottawa environment_canada_sm

The federal government created an eloquent solution to the problem of carbon emissions and climate change. Their backstop Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GHG) allows the provinces to create a number of homegrown solutions in order to deal with emissions within their own jurisdictions. The Ontario government appears to be in the enviable position of avoiding the political cost of pricing carbon and can throw the entire responsibility on the federal government. ... [read more]