Groupe Dupuis Paquin


Companies and their executives dread, rightly or wrongly, the visits of "Tax Auditors". Imagine then under how much pressure they are when they have to experience the tax authorities' "investigators" who visit their premises and disrupt their daily lives. Those investigators have a mission, which is to establish the criminal liability of companies and executives whose alleged violation of tax laws could be serious and intentional.

In the performance of their duties, tax investigators have large resources but also limits to their actions. Like police forces, they are subject to the protections of individual freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The use of their discretionary powers or of the powers granted to them by court is subject to limits which are necessary to safeguard a free and democratic society.

In this practice area, our team meets your needs in several ways, including:

  • Negotiation of settlement agreements with the investigators of Canada Revenue Agency or Revenue Quebec;
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements with federal or provincial Crown attorneys;
  • Representation in court in the event of prosecution for tax evasion;
  • Representation in court in the event of prosecution for breach of obligations under the tax laws, such as that of formal requirement for information issued by the authorities;
  • Representation in court for the return of seized property;
  • Representation in court to dispute orders to produce information or other investigative procedures;
  • Representation in court for civil liability action against the tax authorities or the Attorney-General, including invasion of privacy or harm to reputation.