Sales and commodity tax considerations are evaluated as part of our tax planning, tax advisory and tax controversy practices. We minimize the practical impact of sales and commodity taxes where possible, particularly in asset purchase transactions, real estate transactions and transactions involving financial institutions and over-the-counter providers of financial services.
Tax authorities increasingly audit for sales and commodity taxes and our lawyers have extensive experience in assisting in audit and litigation where necessary. We have a significant track record helping clients receive fair tax treatment and minimize their sales and commodity taxes. We assist clients with negotiation with Canadian tax authorities at all levels. Our multijurisdictional practitioners also advise clients in the planning and structuring of sales and commodity tax issues affecting transactions, with the goal of reducing as much taxation as possible. We regularly advise clients on tax-efficient structuring of mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, related party transactions, cross-border transactions and other business restructurings. We also assist clients with GST/HST ruling requests, tax audits, objections and appeals and voluntary disclosures.