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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.


For more information on tax rates in Atlantic Canada, view our tax rate card.

Cross-Border: Planning And Implementing Tax Efficient Structures

Counsel to Canada, U.S. and the Netherlands companies on the structuring of a $100 million acquisition of Canadian oil and gas properties Counsel to a real estate joint venture, including structuring advice to preserve favourable tax treatment of cross border interest payments and equity distributions Counsel to U.S. residents in reorganizing ULC financing and operating

Legal Alert: Investing in Atlantic Canada – NB Increases Small Business Investor Tax Credit Rate
April  2, 2015

On March 31, 2015 the NB Government announced an increase to the tax credit rate for individual investors under the NB Small Business Investor Tax Credit Program. For investments made after March 31, 2015 the rate will be 50% for eligible investments by eligible individual investors under the Program, up from 30%, and the maximum

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Legal Update: Investing in Atlantic Canada – 5 Investor FAQs About Atlantic Canada’s Small Business Investor Tax Credit Programs
December  9, 2014

Have you considered investing in an Atlantic Canadian small business as a tax tool? Maybe you should: it’s a win for Atlantic Canada’s small businesses and for their investors.   Every Atlantic Canadian Province has some form of an investor tax credit program:    NB Small Business Investor Tax Credit Program  NS Equity Tax Credit

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Legal Update: Canadian Treaty Shopping Proposal Shelved Pending Final OECD Recommendation, First To Be Released September 16
September 11, 2014

The Canadian federal government has been concerned for some time about “treaty shopping” by non-residents – the practice of non-residents not residing in a treaty country interposing a treaty resident entity between it and a Canadian source of income. On August 29, 2014 the Canadian government shelved its proposal for a domestic treaty shopping rule pending

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Legal Alert: NB Court Decides Bequest to US Neo-Nazi Group is Against Public Policy – and Void in McCorkill v. Streed, Executor of the Estate of Harry Robert McCorkill (aka McCorkell), Deceased
June  9, 2014

On June 5, 2014 the NB Court of Queen’s Bench decided both the information US-based National Alliance (NA) disseminates and the NA’s purpose are against Canadian public policy – and so is the gift an NB man left to the NA in his will. Based on this decision, there are limits to not only what

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Legal Update: Post Federal Budget 2014 Tax and Estate Planning – From Testamentary Trusts to Alter Ego and Joint Partner Trusts?
May 22, 2014

In the 2014 Federal Budget, the Federal Government proposed changes to the taxation of testamentary trusts that will significantly reduce the potential benefits of testamentary trust planning – and will likely make establishing an alter ego or a joint partner trust a better option for more taxpayers:   Taxation Changes. The proposal to apply flat

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

On April 8, 2014 the Province of PEI tabled its 2014 budget. Click here to read PEI’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.    NS tabled its 2014 – 2015 budget on April 3, 2014. Click here to read NS’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.                                                                                    NL tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced

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

On April 3, 2014 the Province of NS tabled its 2014 Budget. Click here to read NS’s 2014-2015 budget and related documents.   NL tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook” on March 27, 2014. Click here to read NL’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents.    NB tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Putting

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

On March 27, 2014 the Province of NL tabled its 2014 Budget – Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook. Click here to read NL’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents.    NB tabled its 2014-2015 budget, “Putting Our Resources to Work” on February 4, 2014. Click here to read the NB budget and related documents.   

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

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

On February 4, 2014 the Province of NB tabled its 2014 – 2015 budget, “Putting Our Resources to Work”. Click here to read NB’s 2014 – 2015 budget and related documents.   Other Atlantic Canadian Provinces haven’t yet announced the date on which they will release their provincial budgets.   The Federal Government will table its 2014

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

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

On September 26, 2013 the SCC decided that the amalgamation of two BC credit unions is caught by section 87 of the Income Tax Act. 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

On June 3, 2013, the Federal Department of Finance released its consultation paper on the taxation of testamentary trusts, and of pre-1971 grandfathered inter-vivos 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

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.    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

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

  Today, the Province of Nova Scotia tabled its 2013 Budget.  Click here to read NS’s  “Balanced Budget 2013-14”.    On March 27, 2013, PEI. tabled its 2013 budget.  Click here to read PEI’s 2013 budget and related documents.   On March 26, 2013, NB tabled its 2013 budget.  Click here to read NB’s 2013

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Legal Alert: NB and NL Budgets
March 26, 2013

NB AND NL TABLE 2013 PROVINCIAL BUDGETS Today, the Provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador tabled their budgets.   Click here to read NB’s 2013 – 2014 budget, “Managing Smarter for a Brighter Future”, and related documents.   Click here to read NL’s “Budget 2013: A Sound Plan, A Secure Future”.    P.E.I. will

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

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

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.   Click here to read our full analysis.

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

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

  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

BUDGET SUMMARY   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.   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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Two prominent NS lawyers joining McInnes Cooper as partners
March  3, 2015

McInnes Cooper is pleased to announce that two reputable Nova Scotia lawyers are joining the firm as partners – Sarah Campbell and Brian Awad.    Sarah Campbell has been practising with a prominent Truro law firm since 2001, which included her leadership of the firm’s corporate / commercial practice group.  Over the course of her

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Bruce Russell, QC named to Tax Court of Canada Bench and Bar Committee
October  1, 2014

McInnes Cooper is pleased to announce that Halifax partner, Bruce Russell, QC, has been named as one of five private sector tax lawyers to the Tax Court of Canada Bench and Bar Committee. Bruce’s three year term will mark the first time that a private sector lawyer from Atlantic Canada has been named to the

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

The Federal Government will table the 2014-2015 Budget on February 11, 2014. 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 2014 Federal Budget to be published on Budget Night.

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

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.   Jessica practices in

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

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 March 26, 2013 at 6pm at the Law School.   The topic of the presentation is “Understanding your Notice of

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