Groupe Dupuis Paquin

Negotiation with tax authorities

Tax laws and regulations are numerous and complex. To make matters worse, they are constantly changing and their interpretation by government authorities and courts also changes. No matter how diligent you are, some disputes related to supposedly common everyday business practices may arise. Legal disputes in court are to be used as a last resort only when a workable solution cannot be found

Prior to making the decision to challenge in court, it is essential to analyze the situation and to take stock of the pros and cons of a challenge. Should a client's interpretation be well-founded, a settlement with the authorities can often be negotiated. This is usually the least expensive solution.

In some cases, it may be beneficial to seek the advice of the tax authorities before even proceeding with certain transactions. The views of the authorities on a particular transaction scenario becomes a kind of contract between the requester and the authorities and enables you to conclude the proposed transaction without fear of reprisal.

At DUPUIS PAQUIN, we are passionate about making sure that the services we offer provide you with the best value for your money. We will carry out negotiations with tax authorities with the same determination and single-mindedness required to represent you in court.

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

  • Requests for advance rulings from the tax authorities;
  • Exhaustion of discussions related to the notices of assessment at the administrative level;
  • Requests for tax relief measures ("Fairness requests").