Miller Thomson’s Corporate Tax Group provides legal advice, representation and cost-effective solutions to clients on a wide array of tax topics. Our lawyers come from a diverse background of education and experience, representing clients in many industry sectors, such as: manufacturing and processing, automotive, real estate, construction, banking and finance, computer equipment and software, oil and gas, the resource service sector, professional services, among others. We are also positioned at the forefront of rapidly growing technological areas, such as cleantech and greentech. Our lawyers are considered thought leaders on tax matters and are frequent speakers at the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners conferences as well as author several tax related publications.
Our Corporate Tax expertise encompasses structuring and implementation of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions and financing, reorganizations of public and private companies, investment funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), income trusts and other entities, transfer pricing, international tax, cross-border taxation, executive compensation issues including stock option and benefit plans. We also regularly advise clients with respect to tax risks and tax filings. Our lawyers have been involved in a broad spectrum of transactions and planning activities including the following:
- Structuring and implementation of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of Canadian public and private companies and other entities, including by Plan of Arrangement
- Structuring and implementation of going public and private transactions
- Structuring and advising on financing transactions including loan facilities and equity and debt offerings for Canadian and foreign issuers, investors, lenders and borrowers
- Structuring and implementation of take-over bids of Canadian companies and other entities
- Structuring cross-border and international investments in Canada and foreign jurisdictions
- Preparing and advising on tax disclosure in Management Information Circulars, Offering Memorandums, Prospectuses and Annual Information Forms for Canadian and foreign public and private companies, investment funds, REITS and income trusts regarding M&A, financing and reorganization transactions
- Structuring reorganization of public and private corporations, partnerships, investment funds, REITs and income trusts among others
- Structuring sales of businesses using exchangeable shares to maximize available tax deferrals
- Structuring the reorganization of a business to next generation and/or employee ownership
- Advising on flow-through share transactions to finance operations of mining companies
- Advising on the sale and leasing of oil and gas properties
- Advising and establishing structures to effectively use the Canada-US Tax Treaty and other tax treaties
- Advising on transfer pricing approaches, agreements and disputes
- Successfully arranging taxpayer voluntary disclosures
- Advising on rectification regarding tax related transactions
- Representing taxpayers in tax avoidance audits and appeals
- Advising municipal utilities on the tax consequences of privatization and competition
- Advising “Green Companies” on tax efficient structures including the use of federal and provincial tax credits
Miller Thomson to release Federal Budget Review on February 27
Miller Thomson’s annual Federal Budget Review will be released on February 27. Corporate tax lawyers, Rahul Sharma and Neil Gurmukh, are attending budget lock-up in Ottawa on February 27 to bring you a summary of the 2018 federal budget. In...
Ron Choudhury recognized with client service award
We are pleased to announce Ron Choudhury, Partner in our Corporate Tax Group, is among the 2018 winners of the Client Choice Awards in recognition of excellent client service. Client Choice celebrates law firms and partners around the world that...
Miller Thomson to release comprehensive Federal Budget review on March 22
Our in-depth analysis of the Federal Budget will be released later this week. Corporate tax lawyers Ron Choudhury and Rahul Sharma, and Social Impact lawyer Nicole D’Aoust will be at budget lock-up in Ottawa on March 22 to bring you the latest tax measures...
Miller Thomson contributes to Taxes & Wealth Management
The October edition of Taxes & Wealth Management has just been released. Published quarterly by Carswell, Thomson Reuters, Taxes & Wealth Management is circulated to over 10,000 email accounts worldwide and is part of the Tax Net Pro service which...
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....
David Chodikoff publishes two prominent texts on tax law
Tax Litigation, 2nd ed. (Sweet & Maxwell) is a complete resource guide to tax litigation in both the civil and criminal context for thirty countries around the globe. David was General Editor and recruited the law firms from the thirty jurisdictions...
Ron Choudhury honoured by the South Asian Bar Association of North America
Miller Thomson congratulates Ron Choudhury, on receiving the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Cornerstone Award. Ron was one of four Toronto lawyers honoured at the Association’s Annual National Convention in Houston, Texas, on May 14, 2016. The Cornerstone award recipients...
David Chodikoff receives 2016 IAE award for Tax Litigation (Canada)
The International Alliance Network is a global alliance of legal, financial and consulting firms from over 140 jurisdictions. All nominees are researched, then shortlisted and winners are determined by the decision of an independent panel.
Special Edition: MT Federal Budget Review
Miller Thomson’s Tax Group has written a comprehensive review of the 2016 Federal Budget. Our tax lawyers provide insightful review of the Federal Budget’s impact on such issues as International Tax, Business Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Charities and Not-for-Profit...
Miller Thomson releases comprehensive Federal Budget review March 22, 2016
Tax lawyers Ron Choudhury, Rahul Sharma and Nicole D’Aoust from Miller Thomson’s Toronto office will be in the Federal Budget Lock-up in Ottawa on March 22nd to bring you the latest news on tax measures included in the 2016 Federal...
Bryant Frydberg speaks on Succession Planning for Businesses
Bryant Frydberg speaks at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce CEO Roundtable event. He will speak on the subject of succession planning for businesses and what are the best options, tax implications and legal obligations they face.
David Chodikoff speaks on Essential Tax Updates
David Chodikoff is presenting on “Essential Tax Updates: Dividend Traps, Small Business Deductions, Rectification and Privilege” at the 2017 OBA Institute.
Rahul Sharma and Amanda Stacey speak at OBA Tax Update program
Rahul Sharma co-presents a Tax Update presentation to the Tax and Estates Section of the OBA. Amanda Stacey is moderating the panel.
David Chodikoff and Ron Choudhury speak on tax issues
David Chodikoff co-chairs the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2016 program on “Successfully Managing GST/HST and Income Tax Issues in Your Practice”. Ron Choudhury presents on “Select GST/HST Issues for Practitioners”.
Rahul Sharma speaks on tax losses
Rahul Sharma presents “Use of Tax Losses” at the 20th Taxation of Corporate Reorganization.
Martin Rochwerg speaks at tax planning workshop
Martin Rochwerg is course leader for the 17th Tax Planning for the Wealthy Family workshop hosted by Federated Press.
Ron Choudhury speaks at compensation and retirement workshop
Ron Choudhury is a speaker at the 13th Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement workshop hosted by Federated Press.
Ron Choudhury speaks at tax planning workshop
Ron Choudhury is a speaker at the 9th Tax Planning for the International Client workshop hosted by Federated Press.
William Fowlis of our Calgary office will be presenting as part of a panel presentation on “Post Mortem Planning for Privately Held Corporations – An Update” at the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Canada) National Conference on June 19, 2015.
William Fowlis of our Calgary office will be participating in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta/Canada Revenue Agency Roundtable meeting on June 4, 2015.
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Vérifications fiscales… Évitez la catastrophe!
Tout entrepreneur doit savoir comment agir face à une demande de vérification fiscale de Revenu Québec ou de l’Agence du revenu du Canada. Lors de ce « Lunch & Learn » présenté à La Gare|Espace collaboratif, vous obtiendrez des conseils pratiques pour vous y...
Recent Tax Developments 2015 – Saskatoon
Crystal Taylor, Bryant Frydberg, Graham Purse and Lesley Akst speak at a seminar hosted by Miller Thomson on Recent Tax Developments.
Recent Tax Developments 2015 – Regina
Crystal Taylor, Bryant Frydberg, Graham Purse and Lesley Akst speak at a seminar hosted by Miller Thomson on Recent Tax Developments.
Employee Stock Option/Share Ownership Plans Seminar
An ESOP is an important compensation tool for many technology and other owner-managed businesses. Join us as our experts advise on the “do’s and don’ts” of setting up an ESOP. This seminar is designed for business owners, CFO’s, bankers, financial...
Tactical Primer on Mixed-Use Developments
An interactive and informative, fast-paced discussion of hot-button issues in mixed-used developments including: Structuring and risk allocation HST considerations Financing Planning considerations Freehold vs. condominium Leasing Speakers include: Savvas Kotsopoulos, Toronto Anna Balinsky, Toronto Ron Choudhury, Toronto Eric Davis, Kitchener-Waterloo...
Tax Update Seminar
Miller Thomson presents a complimentary tax seminar. This seminar is designed for accountants, financial advisors, tax professionals, private business owners, and others who deal with tax related issues. Our seminar focuses on: New Tax Rules affecting Trusts, Estates and Charitable...
Understanding PCs and LLPs: Practical Considerations for Professionals and their Advisors
This seminar is designed for accountants, financial advisors, tax professionals, private business owners, and others who deal with structuring issues. Our seminar focuses on: Tax issues in determining structure Structural alternatives/prohibited structures The extent of limitations on liability Prohibited activities...
Real Estate Joint Ventures Seminar
This seminar on real estate joint ventures covers, dos and don’ts, best practices, competitive intelligence and information sharing. Highlights of this presentation include: Effective and tax efficient structuring Real property and construction Development management, construction management and governance Industry trends...
Tax Update 2015 – Calgary
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Time: 7:00 a.m. – 7:25 a.m. Breakfast and Registration, 7:25 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Presentations Location: Calgary Petroleum Club, Devonian Room, 319 – 5 Ave S.W., Calgary, Alberta
Recent Tax Developments 2014 – Regina
Case Law Review: Municipal Tax – Quebec
Canadian Property Tax Association, 2018 Ontario Chapter Valuation and Legal Symposium
9185-6617 Québec Inc c. Cour du Québec, 2017 QCCS 1648 Following the discovery of a latent defect, namely pyrite, in its commercial building located in the City of Longueuil, the Appellant, 9185-6617 Quebec inc. (“9185”) sought a reduction of the...
The Canadian Scene: Where the tax are we going?
Tax 2017 Expert Guide, Corporate Livewire
Bob Dylan wrote a song that had the phrase: “For the times they are a changing”. Now, the song was written in the 60’s and it had to do with the political environment. Here we are in 2017 and in Canada, when it comes...
Whistleblowers and the Evidentiary Challenges in Offshore Tax Evasion Cases
Canadian Tax Journal, Vol. 65, No. 3
The article provides a high-level overview and comparison of the US and Canadian whistleblower programs. Whereas the us experience has resulted in the recovery of significant unreported tax dollars and successful tax prosecutions, the Canadian whistleblower program has, to date, had limited success.
David Chodikoff quoted in La Presse article on Netflix tax
La Presse, "Netflix devrait payer de la TPS/TVQ, croit le président du CRTC"
(available in French only) Le président du CRTC Jean-Pierre Blais est « surpris » et trouve « étonnant » que Netflix ne perçoive pas de taxe de vente sur ses activités au Canada, alors que les entreprises canadiennes de visionnement en ligne offrant un...
It’s Not Too Late! The New Tax Changes and What You Can Do
Taxes & Wealth Management, Issue 9-3, p. 32-33
Your life insurance policy will be significantly affected by changes coming into effect on January 1, 2017, considerably impacting your estate planning. In 2014, the government introduced changes to the tax rules to help sort out inconsistencies in tax treatments.
The Taxation of Marihuana in Canada
Taxes & Wealth Management, Issue 9-3, p. 18-21
Presently, the future legal regime concerning the future of taxation of marihuana in Canada remains uncertain. Therefore, we are speculating on the nature of the legal framework for marihuana taxation.
Update on Tax Evasion
Taxes & Wealth Management, Issue 9-3, p. 39
Do you remember SCTV? The Great White North? with Bob and Doug McKenzie? The brothers (David Thomas and Rick Moranis, the actors that played the brothers in real life), would commence their “show” by asking: “How’s it goin, eh?” And...
GST and Requirements to Pay: A Case Review of Dan Mason v. Canada
Taxes & Wealth Management, Thomson Reuters, October 2016, Issue 9-3, 22-25
David Chodikoff featured in article on tax evasion
CBA National blog, "Smackdown: Our tax-avoidance heritage meets political pressure"
“Taxes,” said the great American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., “are what we pay for civilized society.” Paying what you owe is a basic act of citizenship — but in every national culture with ties to Westminster, there has long...
Solicitor-Client Privilege: It is Just That Important!
Supreme Court of Canada Decisions On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) released two important decisions (Canada (Attorney General) v. Chambre des Notaires du Qúebec et Barreau de Qúebec, 2016 SCC 20 (“Chambre des Notaires”)...
True North Commercial REIT completes $40.3 million offering of trust units
Counsel to True North Commercial REIT
Safety Express acquires Norclean
Counsel to Norclean and its shareholders
CanLII acquires Lexum
Counsel to CanLII
Bonterra Resources closes $21.5 million private placement
Counsel to Bonterra Resources Inc.
Novacap acquires interest in Mailhot Industries
Counsel to Mailhot Industries
Mountain Province Diamonds to acquire Kennady Diamonds in friendly all-share offer
Counsel to the special committee of Mountain Province Diamonds
UniPrint.net acquires ePRINTit USA Inc.
Counsel to ePRINTit USA Inc.
FRONTSTEPS completes cross-border acquisition of Evercondo
Counsel to Evercondo
Interaxon Inc. announces US$11.6 million in Series B-1 funding
Counsel to Interaxon Inc.
Thermon Group Holdings completes $260.3 million strategic acquisition of CCI Thermal Technologies
Counsel to CCI Thermal Technologies Inc.