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A laptop next to a tray of receipt representing a tax scam involving inflated charitable donation receipts

Tax Disputes & Litigation

Partial Settlement Reached In Charity Scam Class Action

In early 2020, we wrote about a popular tax scam that operated for ten years from 2004 to 2014, in which people made cash payments directly to a charity in exchange for software licenses that were valued for a higher amount and then donated to another charity in exchange for a tax receipt. Our previous blog covered an unsuccessful appeal by one of the taxpayers involved. Just last month, the Ontario Superior Court approved… Read More

A handshake representing a tax court holding the Canada Revenue Agency to a deal made with a taxpayer

Corporate Tax Planning

Tax Court Holds CRA to Deal It Claimed Was Made in Error

There’s an old saying that goes, “a deal is a deal.” It means simply that when someone makes a deal, they should honour it, even if they later change their mind. It’s not quite the law when it comes to contracts, but the principle of abiding by the terms of a deal one enters into can be enforced from time to time. A perfect example of this is seen in a… Read More

A sign that says taxes on a pile of US money representing the tax benefits of renouncing citizenship

Cross-Border Tax Issues

The Tax Implications of Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

As lawyers who work with clients on both sides of the Canadian/U.S. border, we can’t help but notice a particular trend that arises after each U.S. election, no matter the result. People threatening to leave the United States and move to Canada, perhaps even renouncing their American citizenship. For those lucky enough to hold dual citizenship, making such a move is easy. For Americans without Canadian citizenship, it can be a little more challenging. Regardless… Read More

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Sports & Entertainment

College Sports Continue to Struggle in Light of COVID-19

We wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the state of professional sports in North America, With the NFL now the only active major professional league still playing, many sports fans are turning to US college sports for entertainment, but COVID-19 has continued to hamper these teams as well. We wanted to take a moment to check in on the problems being faced by this important feeder system to the professional leagues. Read More

A Florida beach representing Canadian snowbirds heading south for the winter

Cross-Border Tax Issues

Travel Opportunities for Canadians Looking to Escape Cold Winter Weather

Every year, thousands of Canadians head south to the United States for the winter. For some, it’s a way of enjoying their retirement and avoiding harsh Canadian winters by soaking up the sun in southern states such as Florida or Arizona. Even for those not yet ready for retirement, but who are able to work remotely, working out of a southern destination can be an appealing idea. Of course, COVID-19 has put a wrench in… Read More