Call for Nominations
The National Taxation Law Section is seeking nominations for a Secretary-Treasurer for a two year term from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2015.
For further details, please see the full Call for Nominations.
SAVE THE DATE!
2013 TAX LAW FOR LAWYERS
May 26-31, 2013
Queen’s Landing Hotel, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
This programme, in its nineteenth year of presentation, has been developed by senior tax law specialists to assist junior tax specialists and non-specialists in the practical applications of Canadian tax law.
Six days of sessions have been designed to allow conference participants an opportunity to learn from speakers in plenary and panel discussion formats. Registrants will also participate in small group workshops led by tax experts who will work through case studies and problems, highlighting the significant issues and sharing their practical experience. These hands-on training sessions will provide the optimal learning experience for people interested in expanding their understanding of corporate and personal taxation and estate planning concepts.
Participants at this program will receive invaluable electronic reference materials including papers, checklists, precedents and bibliographies.
Brian R. Carr, KPMG Law LLP
Ed Kroft, Q.C., Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Who Should Attend?
Tax and estate lawyers in their first five years of practice, as well as general practitioners, corporate lawyers and in-house counsel seeking a background in tax law issues.
For more information please visit the Conference website.
National Sections Council Award of Excellence
The National Sections Council Award of Excellence celebrates the outstanding contribution of a National Section in providing service to members and furthering the objectives of the CBA.
Tax Law Chair Elaine Marchand receives the National Sections Council (NSC) Award of Excellence from Leila Gosselin, NSC Chair, at the Halifax CLC in August 2011.
|The nomination of the Tax Law Section for this award highlighted the success of this Section in forging a bond with colleagues at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada to bring a formidable level of expertise to the review of income tax legislation. The Tax Section is unique in this regard - formalizing a joint committee made up of senior income tax professionals from the two professional associations.
The value of this committee’s work is clear, not only from its influence on government policy, but as an important resource for students and those who are new to the community of tax professionals. The Canadian Tax Foundation and several commercial publishers include CBA/CPA Canada Joint Committee submissions as part of a comprehensive library on tax issues. These submissions are also identified as useful resources in related university programs.
The Section’s “Tax Law for Lawyers” conference is a highly successful one-week, in-residence professional development program that celebrated its 17th year in 2011. The program is aimed at tax and estate lawyers in their first 3 years of practice, business law and general practitioners, corporate lawyers and in-house counsel. Known for featuring an outstanding faculty and providing exceptional value, this CBA program has virtually become a “must” for tax lawyers in their first few years of practice.
Reporting of tax avoidance transactions compromises privilege
Reporting measures in draft legislation pertaining to Information Reporting of Tax Avoidance Transactions will seriously compromise solicitor-client privilege and the independence of the legal profession. “These are fundamental and foundational elements of the Canadian justice system and the preservation of these elements benefits all Canadians,” says CBA President Rod Snow of Whitehorse in a letter sent to Finance Minister, the Hon. James Flaherty, in September. “We urge you to modify these Information Reporting Measures to exclude lawyers and Quebec notaries from the proposed reporting obligation.”
CBA representatives met with Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in November to explain the CBA position. The Minister listened. He assured the CBA that the regime was not intended for disclosure of information for which a client of a lawyer or Quebec notary has privilege. He will consider a change to provide explicitly that a lawyer or Quebec notary is not required to report any specific information that the lawyer believes, on reasonable grounds, is subject to solicitor-client privilege.
Elaine Marchand and Mahmud Jamal speak for CBA at meeting with
The Hon. James Flaherty, Minister of Finance, November 2010
Photo: T. Thomson
Recent Submissions - CBA/CPA Canada Joint Taxation Committee
Recent Submissions - Taxation Law Section
Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee
The most recent minutes of the Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee meetings are now available to CBA Members ( Member login required) May 2, 2012.
Read more about the Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee.
Recent issues of the Business and Corporate Bulletin - from CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine.