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Thomas McDonnell, Q.C.

Thorsteinssons LLP


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Canada Revenue Agency won’t follow Court of Appeal on change in use rules. Is this right?

Canada - September 4 2014 Suppose you disagree with a CRA assessment and appeal the issue to the Tax Court. Suppose you lose the case. And suppose you decide the court is...

Murphy’s law of tax

Canada - July 2 2014 Murphy's Law is, as everyone knows, the proposition that "Anything that can possibly go wrong, does." There are many variants of this. Among tax...

Aggressive tax avoidance what would Shakespeare say?

Canada - October 30 2013 Is aggressive tax avoidance immoral? Some people think so, but I don't. (I've been on this topic before - see my blog post, June 5, 2013, "Tax...

Is meaningful tax reform possible in Canada?

Canada - October 7 2013 I've been asking myself this question a lot this year. Partly it's due to the discussion now going on in tax circles about the possibility of broad...

CRA amends Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Canada - July 5 2013 Forgive me for saying this about a government publication, but Canada's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBR) really is a misleading document. It styles...