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Business Management

Some Industries Enjoy Government Support, While Others Left In The Cold During COVID-19’s Second Wave

With a second wave of COVID-19 spreading across much of the world, Canada has not been spared from a growing number of cases related to the virus. While the Canadian government was quick to issue various forms of financial support to businesses, employers and individuals during the initial wave of COVID-19, things have slowed down after Canada enjoyed a relatively quiet summer and fall. With the rise in cases, the government has announced some new… Read More

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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

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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

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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