Taxation Lawyers is both a law firm and a referral source to help you. If we can’t help you with what you need, we can certainly refer you to someone who can. Our clients include corporations of all sizes, municipalities, owner-managed businesses, as well as individuals.
Taxation Lawyers was started by James Rhodes. His vision was to have a firm that was restricted to tax. By doing so he planned to deliver a single resource for his clients requiring tax assistance – either through dispute resolution or planning. With his practice focused on tax dispute resolution and tax assistance, there is very little James cannot handle. When clients’ needs turn to tax planning or matters outside his expertise, James is able to provide a no fee referral to the network of taxation professionals he knows through Canada. One such resource is his LinkedIn group ‘Canadian Taxation Professionals’, a group of 3,100 professionals focused on tax across Canada.
Taxation Lawyers handles all matters dealing with income tax, HST/GST, and employment insurance/Canada Pension Plan determinations. We deal with independent contractors versus employee structuring and disputes, director’s liability assessments, tax opinions/assurance on accounting positions, voluntary disclosure program applications, taxpayer relief requests, as well as rectification applications.
Satellite Tax Law
Wrong Tax Law
Calgary & Toronto
Dominion Tax Law
Taxpayer Relief Letters
Craig Burley, Barrister, and Solicitor
Taxation Lawyers / Temple Tax & Accounting Services
James Rhodes, BSc, LLB As the principal lawyer for Taxation Lawyers, James provides for its tax dispute resolution services as well as dealing with tax assistance. James began his career in tax law at law school where he received the award for top mark in taxation law in his second year, and shared the top mark in taxation law in his third year. Subsequently, James received a prestigious clerkship with the Tax Court of Canada, where he completed his articles. During his time with the Tax Court, he prepared bench memoranda and legal opinions to assist the Justices of the Court in their role of deciding tax appeals. Following his clerkship, James was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to work in their Canadian Corporate Tax department. During his time at PwC, James was responsible for providing legal opinions and tax planning assistance to a range of clients.
Melanie Petrunia has practiced almost exclusively in the area of tax litigation for over ten years. After completing her undergraduate education at Yale University and McGill University, she obtained a law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie. She then began her career with a large Atlantic Canada law firm, followed by eight years with the Federal Department of Justice, Tax Law Services. During her time representing the Canada Revenue Agency, she conducted hundreds of trials at the Tax Court of Canada throughout Atlantic Canada, as well as in Ontario, British Columbia and Nunavut. She has also appeared in provincial and superior courts in many provinces, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
Now, as the Principal of Satellite Tax Law, Melanie uses her years of experience in tax litigation matters to represent Canadian taxpayers. Though based in Halifax, Melanie offers her services throughout the country, primarily in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and British Columbia. She utilizes available technology to minimize cost and maximize value for her clients. She regularly assists clients with tax dispute resolution and collection matters as well as EI and CPP appeals, and judicial review applications before the Federal Court.
Robert C. Wrong, J.D., LL.M. As a tax lawyer affiliated with Taxation Lawyers, Robert provides tax dispute resolution services and litigation services. He also assists with tax advisory assistance. Robert graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2000. He also holds a LL.M. from the State University of New York. He has studied taxation law at both the University of Alabama School of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. Robert is licensed to practice law in Ontario, as well as Oklahoma and New York in the United States. He obtained his Ontario barrister & solicitor designation in 2009. Robert formerly worked for the Canada Revenue Agency. He has practiced tax law as a solo practitioner, in conjunction with a large accounting firm, and as an associate at the law firm level. He is active as a mentor through the Law Society of Upper Canada, participating in Law Society Tutoring Program as a tutor for the barrister and solicitor portions of the Bar Examinations, and through the University of Tulsa College of Law. He also lectured on Confidentiality as a module facilitator while at the C.R.A.
I practice Canadian income tax law, including matters of general tax planning; global corporate tax minimization, tax advice for M&A and international private investment. I also have experience with international transfer pricing matters, as well as with purely domestic Canadian tax controversy & litigation matters. I also practice Canadian trusts and estates law. Although I am called to the bar in New York, I do not practice US law, nor US tax law. However, I have extensive experience working with US lawyers and know how the two tax systems work with (and sometimes against) each other. While working at one of the largest global firms I developed a practice in international private banking, specifically advising global high net-worth individuals, families, family offices, financial institutions and trust companies with respect to their interactions with the Canadian tax system. I have advised with regard to of all aspects of non-resident trusts settled by, or for the benefit of, Canadian residents. I also advise trusts and trustees in respect of various trust law issues internationally. I regularly advise in respect of tax-efficient immigration and emigration for high net worth individuals into and out of Canada. I have also advised in respect of investments by high-net-worth Canadian residents off-shore, and on the structuring of such investments and transactions for financial institutions. I regularly speak on these issues at various private banking events both in Canada and around the world.
During more than a decade as a Senior Enforcement Officer with Canada Revenue Agency, I reviewed countless taxpayer requests for remission of penalties and interest. In my role as an Enforcement Officer… I handled G.S.T., Source Deductions, Corporate and Personal Income Tax collections as well as Bankruptcy and Insolvency cases. Prior to joining the Agency I worked in the private sector managing receivables in the finance industry and doing Small Claims and District Court collections for a large Credit Rating organization. In addition to my work in Credit and Collections I’ve also published plays, essays and letters in various national and international publications. Taxpayer Relief Letters combines my experience as an Enforcement Officer with my skills as a writer in a way that helps my clients make their best case for relief from penalties and interest. I hold a joint major Bachelors Degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies and I’m currently in the process of completing a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. I understand all too well that not everyone has the time or language skills to put together a compelling case for relief from penalties and interest.
Craig has been a practising tax lawyer since 2002. I advise businesses and individuals in all areas of Canadian tax including structuring, financing, compensation, investment (domestic and cross border) and tax dispute resolution. I also deal with the HST and other tax issues, in addition to income tax work. I’m a former member of Canada’s two largest law firms, but started my own firm in 2010.
Liz works as a Collections Specialist with Taxation Lawyers. She will assist in negotiations with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Collections in all areas of tax debt. She has 24 years of experience having worked at the CRA. She has extensive experience with Source Deductions, GST/HST and corporate and personal income tax filing and payment requirements. She will work with corporations, sole proprietors, partnerships and individuals to provide assistance and guidance when dealing at all levels of the collections process.
Thomas is a paralegal at Taxation Lawyers. He studied at Queen’s University and Sheridan College, and was licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2015. He joined Taxation Lawyers in 2016 assisting James, Robert, and Adam.
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