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Tax Avoidance in Canada: The General Anti-Avoidance Rule

Tax Avoidance in Canada: The General Anti-Avoidance Rule

ISBN 9781552210604
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Publisher Irwin Law Inc
The introduction of section 245, the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR), as part of the 1987 reforms to the Income Tax Act generated considerable controversy. After an initial flurry of commentary, the tax community patiently awaited both the application of the GAAR by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency and its interpretation by the courts. Now that the first judicial stirrings have been felt, it is an appropriate time to reconsider the role of the GAAR in light of developments in Canada and abroad. This book brings together writers who represent a cross section of the tax bar-public and private practitioners, and academics-whose views reflect the spectrum of debate over section 245. The book analyses the text of section 245 and the existing body of case law, and suggests a set of principles for its application. It examines the legislative history of the provision, the case law that led to its creation, the principles of interpretation of tax statutes and tax treaties, and the comparable provisions in other jurisdictions. The analysis is current to December 2001 making this book the most up-to-date resource currently available on the GAAR in Canada. Topics include: - The Statutory Context of the GAAR - The Relationship Between Statutory Interpretation and Tax Avoidance - General Anti-Avoidance in the United Kingdom - Development of the GAAR in the Case Law - The GAAR and Canada's Tax Treaties Contributors: Brian J. Arnold, Goodmans, Harry Erlichman, Justice Canada, Ian Roxan, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Livia Singer, Justice Canada, David E. Spiro, Justice Canada, Susan L. Van Der Hout, Osler, Hoskin Harcourt, Marilyn Vardy, Justice Canada, Jillian M. Welch, McCarthy Tetrault LLP and James R. Wilson, Wilson and Partners, Foreword by Peter Hogg, Professor and Dean Osgoode Hall Law School

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