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Untangle Your Tax Problems

Step by step approach to tax litigation and dispute resolution.
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Involve the Right Professional at the Right Time

Interactions with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) cannot be taken lightly. The CRA is a vast organization with expertise and resources to carry out its mandate. It is supported by the Department of Justice and has access to a team of lawyers dedicated to tax. Whether dealing with the CRA or with the Department of Justice, at each step of the process, actions can be taken or decisions can be made that may impact how a file unfolds.
Tax dispute and tax litigation can last several months or, in some circumstances, several years. A tax lawyer, with experience dealing with these types of files, can assess the strength of a taxpayer's case and help navigate the process. This, in turn, may help secure a favourable outcome and shorten the timeframe to resolution, or at the very least, avoid unnecessary delays.

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Dispute Resolution

If you are audited by the CRA or have been reassessed, reach out to a tax lawyer. A tax lawyer will be in position to assess your file and accompany you through the dispute resolution process, including taking the matter to court if no resolution can be reached at the CRA level.

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Tax Litigation

If the CRA maintains its position and confirms the reassessment, your next recourse is to appeal to the Tax Court of Canada. The first step is to file a notice of appeal. A settlement is still possible at this stage. However, if no settlement is reached, the matter will be adjudicated by an independent judge.

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Judicial Review

The CRA has discretion to decide some matters. However, it must exercise its discretion without bias and reasonably. If at any point the CRA fails to do so, you can apply to the Federal Court of Canada for a judicial review of that decision. This process is inherently different from a tax appeal.

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