We Help Clients Across Canada
Tax Law is under Federal Jurisdiction therefore we can, and do, represent individual and corporate clients from across Canada.
Tax law is complex and consistently changing. The primary Federal tax legislation includes the Income Tax Act and Excise Tax Act (GST/HST). The Income Tax Act is over 3000 pages. The Excise Tax Act is over 1000 pages. There is also a myriad of rules, regulations, CRA interpretations and provincial Tax legislation. And of course, decades of decisions of the Tax Court of Canada and other courts (case law). There is no other area of law in Canada with such a robust and complicated legal paradigm.
Choose your Tax Representative Carefully
The practice of Tax Law is complicated, and you need someone with an abundance of experience to represent you to enhance your chances of success. We strongly suggest that if you do not choose us, make sure you choose someone with plenty of Tax Law experience, otherwise you are handicapping your case from the outset.
Also make sure you are paying for the right type of experience. Always inquire into claims of decades of experience as former CRA employees.
We Specialize in Tax Law
SpenceDrake Tax Law solely practices Tax Law including disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and before the Tax Court of Canada and other Federal courts, including the Federal Court of Appeal. We regularly assist taxpayers with CRA audits, disputing Tax assessments (Notice of Assessment, etc.) before CRA Appeals Officers and the courts.
Lawyer-Client Privilege & Confidentiality (Solicitor-Client Privilege)
Confidentiality is very important to us. We of course understand that you may have information that you do not want to disclose to the CRA. SpenceDrake Tax Law ensures solicitor-client privilege. Therefore, you can openly discuss any and all issues related to your tax matter without fear of disclosure.
A Couple of Key Facts about the Practice of Tax Law
1. There is a reverse onus in Tax Law. Therefore, the taxpayer has the burden to prove their position to CRA. In practice, CRA is permitted to assume facts until they are rebutted by the taxpayer. An example of this is a Notional or Arbitrary Tax assessment. If you do not file a Tax return you may receive such an assessment which is based on factual assumptions by CRA. The respective Tax liability is legitimate under the law until you rebut it and file your own return.
2. CRA auditors are incentivized to increase taxable income. Therefore, without adequate representation it is very difficult to, in the least, limit the increase.
How can SpenceDrake Tax Law Help?
We are Tax Law experts. It is what we do for a living. Regardless of how far along you are in the Tax dispute process, SpenceDrake Tax Law can help.
We have years of extensive experience managing audits, appealing assessments, investigating tax problems, and a wide variety of other Tax issues. Our entire purpose is to work to resolve your Tax issue and ensure that CRA treats you according to the government’s published standards, including the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. We strive to resolve your Tax problems efficiently and cost-effectively and enjoy doing just that.