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We will partner with you to develop innovative and sophisticated solutions to your tax issues, whether they are personal or business related. We pride ourselves on providing timely and reliable advice and valuable insights. Our team is experienced at identifying potential pitfalls. We help our clients achieve the best results.

 

We can advise you on a range of taxation issues, including:

 

  • Business owner tax planning
  • Charities and not-for-profit entities
  • Corporate tax planning
  • Sales and commodity taxes
  • Tax dispute resolution and litigation
  • Tax shelters

 

Our programs for business owners minimize tax, mitigate risks, include innovative succession plans and ultimately help you keep more of your hard-earned money. Our advice on charitable foundations and tax shelters will help you navigate through the regulations of the Canada Revenue Agency, and receive the tax benefits promised. Our corporate tax planning will assist you in maximizing your return on investment.

 

Our Tax Dispute Resolution and Litigation team is the most experienced in Atlantic Canada, regularly representing taxpayers in disputes with Canada Revenue Agency. We have successfully represented corporate and individual taxpayers, at all administrative and court levels, from the audit and appeals stages to the Tax Court, Federal Courts and Supreme Court of Canada. We have the necessary expertise and track record to take your tax appeal further, and win.

 

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Legal Alert: PEI Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
April  9, 2014

<p align="left">On April 8, 2014 the Province of PEI tabled its 2014 budget. <a href="http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/">Click here</a> to read PEI’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents. </p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">NS tabled its 2014 – 2015 budget on April 3, 2014. <a href="http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/default.aspx">Click here</a> to read NS’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.</p> <p align="left">                                                                                  </p> <p align="left">NL tabled its

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Legal Alert: NS Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
April  3, 2014

<p align="left">On April 3, 2014 the Province of NS tabled its 2014 Budget. <a href="http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/default.aspx">Click here</a> to read NS’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.</p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">NL tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook” on March 27, 2014. <a href="http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/">Click here</a> to read NL’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents. </p> <p align="left"> </p>

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Legal Alert: NL Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
March 27, 2014

<p align="left">On March 27, 2014 the Province of NL tabled its 2014 Budget – Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook. <a href="http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read NL’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents. </p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">NB tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Putting Our Resources to Work” on February 4, 2014. <a href="http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2014-2015/budget.html" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read

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Legal Alert: Economic Action Plan 2014 – The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities
February 11, 2014

<p>On February 11, 2014 the Federal Minister of Finance, James M. Flaherty, tabled The Economic Action Plan 2014 – The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities. The Plan builds on the series of Economic Action Plans the Minister has tabled since the economic crisis began in 2008. The focus of the 2014 Economic Action

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Legal Alert: NB Tables 2014-2015 Provincial Budget
February  5, 2014

<p align="left">On February 4, 2014 the Province of NB tabled its 2014 – 2015 budget, “Putting Our Resources to Work”. <a href="http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/budget/2014-2015/budget.html">Click here</a> to read NB’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents.</p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">Other Atlantic Canadian Provinces haven’t yet announced the date on which they will release their provincial budgets.</p> <p align="left"> </p> <p align="left">The

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Legal Alert: SCC Sympathetic To Taxpayers’ Mistakes – And Unexpected Taxes
November 29, 2013

<p>On November 28, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its first decision on the availability of contractual rectification in a tax context. The SCC expressly limited its decision to Quebec law but taxpayers elsewhere in Canada can take some comfort from the SCC’s sympathetic approach to the plight of taxpayers facing unexpected tax consequences

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Legal Alert: SCC Dodges Questions of Tax Implications of Amalgamation
September 26, 2013

<p>On September 26, 2013 the SCC decided that the amalgamation of two BC credit unions is caught by section 87 of the <i>Income Tax Act</i>. The SCC based its decision on the legislation that applies to credit unions in BC – legislation that does not apply to corporations generally in BC or elsewhere in Canada. 

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Legal Update: Punitive Impact of Proposed Changes to Taxation of Testamentary Trusts
June 13, 2013

<p>On June 3, 2013, the Federal Department of Finance released its consultation paper on the taxation of testamentary trusts, and of pre-1971 grandfathered <i>inter-vivos</i> trusts. The proposed changes will substantially limit the tax planning options available to Canadians upon death – with a punitive impact on many families.   The most significant proposed change will see

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Legal Alert: SCC Says “Embedded Costs” Not “Proceeds of Disposition” For Tax Purposes
May 24, 2013

<p>On May 23, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada clarified how to determine “proceeds of disposition” in establishing the amount of a capital gain for income tax purposes. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Should a vendor add to the “proceeds of distribution” the purchaser’s cost of the vendor’s obligations respecting the transferred property that such purchaser assumed?  The SCC

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Legal Update: Voluntary Disclosures Program May Offer Relief for Tax Non-Compliance
April 11, 2013

<p>As a result of recent events focussing the public spotlight on international tax compliance issues we anticipate increased scrutiny by international revenue agencies, including the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), of offshore holdings and accounts. CRA’s Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) may provide some taxpayers with relief. The VDP gives taxpayers the opportunity to apply to the

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Legal Alert: NS Budget
April  4, 2013

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, the Province of Nova Scotia tabled its 2013 Budget.  <a href="http://www.novascotia.ca/finance/en/home/budget/default.aspx" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read NS’s  “Balanced Budget 2013-14”. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On March 27, 2013, PEI. tabled its 2013 budget.  <a href="http://www.gov.pe.ca/budget/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read PEI’s 2013 budget and related documents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On March 26, 2013, NB tabled its 2013 budget.  <a href="http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/index-e.asp"

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Legal Alert: NB and NL Budgets
March 26, 2013

<h4><strong>NB AND NL TABLE 2013 PROVINCIAL BUDGETS</strong></h4> <p>Today, the Provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador tabled their budgets.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.gnb.ca/0160/budget/buddoc2013/index-e.asp" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read NB's 2013 – 2014 budget, "Managing Smarter for a Brighter Future", and related documents.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2013/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read NL's "Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure

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Legal Alert: 2013 Economic Action Plan – Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity
March 21, 2013

<p>The Economic Action Plan 2013, entitled Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity was released today by the Department of Finance.  The projected federal deficit for 2012-2013 is $25.9B, with the government reaffirming its commitment to reducing this deficit in each of the next two fiscal years before returning to a balanced budget in 2015-2016 as previously

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Legal Alert: 2013 Federal Budget
March 20, 2013

<p>Our Tax Team will be in lock-up analyzing the budget's key business highlights and what they mean to you. Watch here for our analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget to be published on Budget Night.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mcinnescooper.com/publications/legal-alert-2013-economic-action-plan-%e2%80%93-jobs-growth-and-long-term-prosperity/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read our full analysis.</p>

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Legal Update: Across the Pond: Like Canada, No Privilege for Accountant – Client Communications
March 13, 2013

<p>On January 23, 2013 a majority of the United Kingdom Supreme Court determined the legal advice that chartered accountants provide to clients is not protected by legal advice privilege. The same advice, given to the same client – but by that client’s lawyer – would be privileged. The decision corresponds with Canadian law, under which there

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Legal Alert: Accountant-Client Communications Not Protected by Legal Advice Privilege in the UK
January 24, 2013

<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On January 23, 2013, a majority of the United Kingdom Supreme Court decided that communications between chartered accountants and their clients in connection with the accountant’s expert tax advice are not protected by Legal Advice Privilege. This is the case even in circumstances where there is no doubt that those same communications would be protected by

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Economic Action Plan 2012
March 29, 2012

<p><strong>BUDGET SUMMARY</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Economic Action Plan 2012 (“Budget 2012”) released today by the Department of Finance reaffirms the Government’s commitment to continue exploring whether new rules for the taxation of corporate groups could improve how the corporate tax system functions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A new system for the taxation of corporate groups means a fundamental change

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Comment on Copthorne Holdings Limited V. The Queen
December 16, 2011

In a unanimous decision rendered by Justice Rothstein, the Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed the appeal of Copthorne Holdings Limited, applying the General Anti Avoidance Rule (“GAAR”). While confirming the result reached in this case by the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court provided further systematic analysis

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Tax Brief: Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Budget 2011
April  7, 2011

On April 19, 2011, the Honourable Tom Marshall, minister of finance and president of the treasury board, presented Budget 2011 – Standing Strong: For Prosperity. For our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador. In the Budget, the minister estimates a surplus of $485 million for 2010-2011, largely as a result of high crude oil prices and

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Tax Brief: Nova Scotia Budget 2011
April  7, 2011

On April 5, 2011, the Nova Scotia Minister of Finance, the Honourable Graham Steele, presented the 2011-2012 Nova Scotia Budget. In this Budget, the Minister focused on the Province’s continued plan for change, which is to decrease the deficit and move towards a balanced budget. As a result, this year’s Budget does not include any

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DFO Announces that Corporations May Own Fishing Licenses
March  7, 2011

Effective April 1, 2011, the fishing licensing policy for the Atlantic Canada and Quebec inshore fishery will change to allow inshore fishing licenses to be issued to wholly owned corporations, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced recently. This change is significant, as previously inshore fishing licenses were only issued in the name of individuals

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Tax Update: NB Provincial Budget Overview
March  7, 2011

The New Brunswick Budget, tabled on March 22, contained some good news for business owners and individuals. The previously announced reduction in the provincial general corporate tax rate from 11.5% to 10% on July 1, 2011 and the reduction in the provincial small business tax rate from 5% to 4.5% effective January 1, 2012 have

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Federal Government Will Table Budget 2014-2015 on February 11, 2014
February 10, 2014

<p>The Federal Government will table the 2014-2015 Budget on February 11, 2014. Our <a href="http://www.mcinnescooper.com/services/tax/">Tax Team</a> will be in lock-up analyzing the budget’s key business highlights and what they mean to you. Watch here for our analysis of the 2014 Federal Budget to be published on Budget Night.</p>

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Jessica Lyle on CBC Maritime Noon – The Tough Job of Being an Executor
January 21, 2014

<p>Jessica Lyle, Associate in our Halifax office, is a guest on CBC Maritime Noon on January 20, 2014. She discussed tips on the responsibilities an executor of a will might face and took calls from listeners. CBC Maritime Noon is a one-hour radio program devoted to developing stories in the region.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jessica practices in

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Pro Bono Tax Advocacy Project – Tax Education Seminar March 26, 2013
March 20, 2013

<p>The newly formed Pro Bono Tax Advocacy Project, consisting of a partnership between law students at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, and law firm McInnes Cooper, is hosting its first Tax Education Seminar <strong>March 26, 2013 at 6pm</strong> at the Law School.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The topic of the presentation is "Understanding your Notice of

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Jessica Lyle on CBC Maritime Noon — Why you need a will
January 24, 2013

<p>Jessica Lyle, Associate in our Halifax office, is a guest on<em> CBC Maritime Noon </em>on January 22, 2013. She discussed tips on estate planning and developing a will and took calls from listeners. <em> CBC Maritime Noon</em> is a one-hour radio program devoted to developing stories in the region.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Jessica practices in the area of Estates and Trust Planning.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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