ABOUT US

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.
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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.

OUR TEAM

James Rhodes

Kitchener Waterloo
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Melanie Pertunia

Guelph
Satellite Tax Law

Robert Wrong

Guelph
Wrong Tax Law

Jonathan Garbutt

Calgary & Toronto
Dominion Tax Law

Frank Flynn

Ottawa
Taxpayer Relief Letters

Craig Burley

Hamilton
Craig Burley, Barrister, and Solicitor

Liz Temple

Kitchener Waterloo
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John D. Buote

Kitchener Waterloo
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Miranda D. Reis

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Angela Salvatore

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Felica Hughes

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Robert Scheifele

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James Rhodes

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Kitchener Waterloo

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.

Melanie Pertunia

Satellite Tax Law

Halifax

Robert Wrong

Wrong Tax Law

Guelph

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.

Jonathan Garbutt

Dominion Tax Law

Calgary & Toronto

Frank Flynn

Taxpayer Relief Letters

Ottawa

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.

Craig Burley

Craig Burley, Barrister and Solicitor

Hamilton

Liz Temple

Temple Tax & Accounting Services

Kitchener Waterloo

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.
John has been involved full time in tax matters since 1978. He has served as a Canada Revenue Tax Auditor for six years and has held a variety of senior tax positions with various corporations including Polysar Limited, the Singer Sewing Machine Company and Canada Trust before becoming a lawyer in 1997. His law practice is exclusively devoted to tax matters.

John has lectured extensively and is a frequent speaker for the C.A. and C.M.A. Accounting Associations and the Toronto West Tax Practitioners quarterly seminars.

John’s current tax practice is centered on preventing and/or resolving tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency, including where necessary, representation at the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.

John holds a Certificate in Advanced Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Mediation Academy, and he has completed the Toastmasters Program and the Dale Carnegie Program, with distinction.

John describes his personal strength to be his ability to deal with complex and complicated facts and complex and complicated laws. He takes delight in making sense out of chaos. He relies on Nick to keep him grounded and practical.

John D. Buote

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Admitted to the Ontario Bar, Barrister-at-Law, 1997
Juris Doctor, (formerly LL.B.) University of Calgary, 1995

Master of Science in Taxation, Walsh College, Michigan, 1987

Master of Business Administration, Ivey School of Business, 1974

Bachelor of Arts, Waterloo Lutheran University, 1971

C.I.C.A. In-Depth Income Tax Course, Parts I, II, III

Tax Executive Institute, U.S. Federal and State Tax Program

 

Miranda D. Reis

Taxation Lawyers

Kitchener Waterloo

Miranda D. Reis has over 20 years experience in Income Tax, Finance and Accounting and for over the past 9 years has solely dedicated her career to Disability Tax Credit (DTC) claims, Appeals and Tax Court Hearings. Miranda received her Bachelor of Accounting (B.Acc) with Honours from Brock University in 2000 and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) since 2003.

Miranda is an advocate for all Disabled Canadians and is currently working on a Private Members Bill with the Honorable MP David Sweet to expand the restrictions of the RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) Grant and Bond Rules and how they are administered. She is also actively involved in non-for-profit groups that help the disabled.
Miranda has a 99% Appeal success rate sustained over the last 9 years of her career solely dedicated to helping Disabled persons Canada wide receive all the money that is owed to them and their families and/or estates from the Canada Revenue Agency regarding Disability Tax Credits, Caregiver Credits, Child Disability Benefits, Home Accessibility Tax Credits and more.

Miranda does not charge you a fee until she is successful on your claim, appeal or tax court hearing. Please call or email her today to discuss your case.

Angela graduated from Brock University with her B.A., with Distinction. While at Brock University, she received awards for the highest marks in two departments of study. She continued her studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, earning a J.D. Post-articles, she practiced in the areas of domestic family law and child protection in the Niagara Region for five years, including as a sole private practice practitioner in Niagara Falls. Upon leaving her position as in-house legal counsel at the Children’s Aid Society of the Niagara Region, she completed a full-time Master of Law (Taxation) program at Osgoode Hall Law School, in which she earned an A average. She has continued her advanced legal degree education at Osgoode Hall for a second Master of Law (General) degree.

She works on all aspects of dispute resolution as it relates to taxation matters. Such resolution includes being involved in the representation of individual and corporate clients at the audit, objection, and appeals’ stages at the Tax Court of Canada. Angela deals with matters under the Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act, Employment Insurance Act, and Canada Pension Plan.

Angela is a Continuing Professional Development Liaison of the Tax Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, in addition to being a member of the Commodity Tax, Customs, and Trade Section of the Canadian Bar Association. She is also a Trustee of the Waterloo Regional Law Association. Angela is a member of the Young Practitioners’ Group of the Canadian Tax Foundation, Young IFA Network of the International Fiscal Association, and The Advocates’ Society.

As a supplement to her advanced academic studies in taxation law, Angela also completed the Canadian Bar Association Tax Law for Lawyers’ Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the spring of 2016. She has also completed Osgoode Professional Development’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop and will commence the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-Depth Tax Course in the fall of 2018.

Angela Salvatore

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Felicia Hughes

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Kitchener Waterloo

Felicia is a Junior Accountant at Taxation Lawyers. She studied at Conestoga College in the Business Administration Accounting Program and graduated with distinction in 2016. She joined Taxation Lawyers in 2018 and assists all team members in resolving tax disputes.
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Robert Scheifele

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