OTTAWA, TORONTO & ONTARIO TAX, CUSTOMS & TRADE LAWYERS

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.
— Albert Einstein
Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
— Edmund Burke

We understand the way the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) work. Gordon S. Campbell served for many years as their legal adviser.

How We Help with Tax, Customs and Trade Law

We can offer you timely and effective tax, customs and trade law services, including:

  • advice on application and interpretation of legislation - the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act (HST), Excise Act, Customs ActExport and Import Permits Act (Export Control List, Import Control List & Area Control List), Special Economic Measures Act, and United Nations Act
  • negotiations - permitting, licencing exemptions, advance rulings, advocacy, objections and appeals to the CRA and CBSA
  • Voluntary Disclosure Applications to the CRA and CBSA
  • appeals - to the Tax Court of Canada, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, and Federal Court of Appeal
  • advice on how to deal with compliance verification - responding to audits, demands for information, inspections, search & seizure, and enquiries by CRA & CBSA

Tax matters we deal with include: 

  • unfiled returns & unreported income
  • undeclared foreign income or assets
  • the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR)
  • unpaid tax debts and the negotiation of payment plans
  • Fairness and Taxpayer Relief applications to reduce or eliminate interest charges and penalties
  • provincial tax issues including tobacco, sales and fuel taxes
  • Voluntary Disclosure Applications of unreported income

Customs & trade matters we deal with include: 

  • tariff classification and preferences
  • origin determination and valuation for duty
  • free trade agreements and duty relief
  • security programs
  • regulatory compliance
  • foreign corruption laws
  • audits, seizures, forfeitures and penalties

Results We May be Able to Achieve for You

  • cancellation or reduction of interest and penalties
  • elimination or reduction of taxes or duties assessed or reassessed
  • unfreezing of bank accounts and lifting of liens on homes
  • return of seized money or goods
  • avoidance of charges being laid or successful defence of charges if already charged for criminal prosecutions for tax fraud, smuggling, bribery, or other serious breaches of tax or customs laws

The Tax, Customs & Trade Law Practice Group

Gordon S. Campbell leads the firm's Tax, Customs and Trade Law practice. He has successfully litigated contentious tax cases up to the level of the Supreme Court of Canada, served as legal counsel to the Canada Revenue Agency & Canada Border Services Agency, and directed tax and trade policy issues for Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and the G8/G20. 

Nancy Hamelin is the lead Law Clerk for Tax matters.

Yael Benyair is the lead Law Clerk for Customs & Trade matters. 

They are assisted by a team other in house and external lawyers, law clerks and accountants, offering clients the expertise they require for both planning and dispute resolution. 

The Tax and Trade Dedicated Website

The firm maintains a website devoted exclusive to tax and trade law at www.taxappealscanada.com where you'll find more detailed information including blog posts about the tax and trade law services the firm offers, and the current state of the law. 

Articles for Further Reading on Tax, Customs & Trade Law

Income Tax in Canada: Five Things You Need to Know

Voluntary Disclosures to the Canada Revenue Agency

Five Reasons Why the Tax Court of Canada is a Good Place to Litigate

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "A" is for Amortization

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "B" is for Business Investment Loss

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "C" is for Capital Cost Allowance

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "D" is for Deemed Disposition

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "E" is for Employment Income

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "F" is for Fraud

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "G" is for Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "H" is for Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "I" is for Input Tax Credit (ITC)

Canadian Tax Law A to Z: "J" is for Journal Entry

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "K" is for Know Your Income

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "L" is for List Personal Property

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "M" is for Marginal Tax Rate

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "N" is for Non-Refundable Tax Credit

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "O" is for Offence

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "P" is for Principal Residence Exemption

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "Q" is for Quickbooks

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "R" is for RRSP, RRIF, & RESP

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "S" is for Small Business Deduction

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "T" is for Terminal Loss

Canadian Taxes A to Z: "U is for UCC, "V" is for V-Day, "W" is for Withholding Tax, "X" is for X-Mark, "Y" is for Year End, "Z" is for ZBB