Couzin Taylor LLP is a national law firm of tax lawyers allied with Ernst & Young LLP in Canada. We provide tax planning, controversy and counsel services to a wide range of clients, including public and private companies, multinationals, banks, insurance companies, individuals, tax planners and tax transaction advisors.
Our team of professionals — in five locations across Canada — advises on the application of direct and indirect taxes to a broad range of transactions and structures, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations and financing transactions.
We have the knowledge, experience and national presence to help you with the risks and complexities of Canada’s many tax laws.
Tax controversy and counsel practice
Our tax controversy and counsel practice assists clients in disputes with federal and provincial tax authorities. We have an impressive record of efficiently resolving our clients’ disputes with the tax authorities.
Our litigators have appeared before all levels of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Tax Court of Canada and various provincial Superior and Appellate Courts.
We also assist with transfer pricing documentation, advance pricing agreements, competent authority requests, advance income tax rulings and voluntary disclosures, as well as with submissions to the Department of Finance Canada on proposed legislation.
Advice across the spectrum of tax
We have experience in all areas of tax, including corporate tax, human capital, international tax, transaction tax and sales, customs and indirect tax. We have experience dealing with the general anti-avoidance rule, the foreign affiliate rules, transfer pricing, corporate reorganizations and scientific research and experimental development provisions.
Our experienced tax advisors and advocates can advise you on a broad range of tax matters, providing you with legal opinions and risk assessments regarding your transactions and tax positions, and making submissions to and negotiating settlements with the revenue authorities.
We can help you manage the pace and extent of inquiries of both the Audit and Appeals Branches of the CRA and the provincial tax authorities.
Connected across Canada and globally
Through our alliance in Canada with Ernst & Young LLP, we augment our controversy resolution services with access to the insight of a number of former high-ranking individuals in the CRA and the Department of Finance — including the former Assistant Commissioner of Appeals for the CRA, the former director of CRA’s International Tax Services Office and former senior members of Canada’s Competent Authority Services team — as well as actuaries, economists, certified business valuators, scientists, engineers and industry-focused professionals.
And when your business needs go beyond borders, so do we. Our team can connect with the global network of Ernst & Young tax professionals in 670 offices in 140 countries — to assist you with your cross-border controversy or planning issues wherever you’re located or looking to expand.