William Innes - Tax Litigation


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William (Bill) Innes has practiced in the areas of tax litigation, taxation and estates and trusts since 1975. His practice includes all aspects of dispute resolution in taxation matters under both federal and provincial legislation, but with a special emphasis on appeals under the Income Tax Act (Canada). In addition, Bill acts as counsel in matters of estate and trust law and serves as an advisor to large charitable and non-profit institutions on issues of trusts, estates and taxation. He frequently appears as counsel before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Bill is listed and recognized in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2016 (a publication of the Official Research Partner of the International Bar Association), the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, the 2016 Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory,2016Top Rated Lawyers in Canada (American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell), Lexpert 2016 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and Canadian Who’s Who.

Bill is also AV Peer and Judicial  ReviewRated according to Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent), its highest level of professional ranking.

Bill is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Canadian Tax Journal and Tax Litigation and a past member of the Editorial Boards of the CCH Canadian Tax Reporter and the CCH Annotated Income Tax Act.

Bill is the author or co-author of several legal texts and numerous articles, including:


Tax evasion, William I. Innes.  (Scarborough, Ont. : Carswell, 1995- Looseleaf).


The essential GAAR manual : policies, principles and procedures.    William I. Innes, Patrick J. Boyle, Joel A. Nitikman. (Toronto : CCH Canadian, 2006).

Charities, non-profits and philanthropy under the Income Tax Act,  William I. Innes, Patrick J. Boyle.    (Toronto : CCH Canadian : Fraser Milner Casgrain, 2006).

Federal tax practice, William Innes & Brendan Bissell, (Toronto: CCH Canadian, 2007).

Bill was a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law from 1992 to 2012.

Follow Bill's Blog at: www.gettaxnetpro.com/bill-innes

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Representative Matters

Acted for an international retailer in the Tax Court of Canada & Federal Court of Appeal on a successful appeal of GST reassessments issued under the Excise Tax Act

Her Majesty The Queen v. Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., 2012 FCA 160.

Donato v. The Queen, 2009 TCC 590 and 2010 TCC 16.

The Queen v. Prévost Car Inc., 2009 FCA 57.

Knights of Columbus v. The Queen,  2008 TCC 307.