Legal News Report

Dealing with CRA Search Warrants

The CRA may make an ex parte Application to a judge for a search warrant granting the power to seize documents. Before issuing the warrant, the judge must be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that: (i) an offence under the Income Tax Act has been committed; (ii) a document or thing that may afford evidence to the commission of the offence is likely to be found; and (iii) the building, receptacle or place specified in the Application is likely to contain such a document or thing. To read our latest Legal Business Report on this topic, click here.

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ordered the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to return all of the records seized pursuant to a search warrant obtained during a criminal investigation against Synergy Group (2000) Inc., which was represented by Howard Alpert, C.S. of Alpert Law Firm. Synergy Group (2000) Inc. was alleged by the CRA to have participated in a tax scheme, marketed across Canada, to permit investors to deduct tax losses totalling nearly $200,000,000. To read a summary of this decision, click here.

Alpert Law Firm are the Tax Law Professionals, with over 40 years’ experience in winning leading cases and a reputation for getting excellent results for our clients. Howard Alpert, C.S. is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Taxation Law. Our Team has a reputation for resolving tax disputes and for getting excellent results for our clients in a cost-effective manner, whether through negotiating timely and reasonable settlements with the CRA or by vigorous representation in court. For more information on our Tax Litigation Services, click here.

Land Transfer Tax Strategies

Alpert Law Firm can help your clients by providing tax planning strategies to obtain the maximum benefits from the complex rules dealing with exemptions and deferrals under the Land Transfer Tax Act of Ontario. It is essential for clients to stay current with recent tax changes that impact on their business decisions. To access Part 1 of our latest Legal Business Report dealing with this essential topic, click here.

Our Team assists its clients to minimise and defer their taxes when engaging in corporate reorganisations. Howard Alpert, C.S. is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Taxation Law and as a Specialist in Corporate and Commercial Law and is recognized as an expert in Estates and Trusts Law.

Freeze Your Assets

Asset protection planning often involves the creation of holding companies, a corporate reorganization and the implementation of an estate freeze. Such planning regularly requires the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and property transfers. Howard Alpert, C.S. is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Taxation Law and as a Specialist in Corporate and Commercial Law and is recognized as an expert in Estates and Trusts Law. Howard provides tax planning and corporate advice to develop plans that reduce and defer tax, preserve value and maintain the financial well-being of heirs. For more information on our Wealth Preservation services, click here.