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PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

ROBERT G. KREKLEWETZ - J.D., M.B.A.

 

MILLAR KREKLEWETZ LLP
is a boutique tax law firm specializing in
Tax & Trade matters, including related Litigation.

Telephone: (416) 864 - 6200
Facsimile: (416) 864 - 6201
E-Mail: rgk@taxandtradelaw.com

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     SPECIALIZED PRACTICE AREA

TAX PRACTICE

Rob's tax practice includes both direct and indirect taxes, and a number of related tax matters, as follows.

INDIRECT TAXES - Indirect Taxes (or Commodity Taxes as they are known in Canada) including all matters involving Canada's federal Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) imposed in provinces like Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces, the Quebec Sales Tax (QST), and all matters involving Canada's remaining provincial sales taxes in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Rob's practice area also includes a variety of other indirect taxes, like the Employer Health Tax (EHT), and a range of excise taxes applying to goods like tobacco, alcohol, jewellery, gasoline and other motive fuels.

INCOME TAXES - Direct Taxes including all matters involving the application of Canada's federal Income Tax Act to residents and non-residents of Canada, from basic compliance advice, to assistance with tax assessments, objections, and judicial appeals in the Tax Court and Federal Courts of Canada.

Non-resident focused issues include those arising on the establishment of a business in Canada, including beneficial corporate and tax structuring for new Canadian businesses, selection of optimal jurisdiction for incorporation, valuation and transfer pricing advice, and advice on the application of Canadas various income tax treaties to Canadian source income, gains, royalties and dividends.

Resident focussed issues are varied, and include from general issues surrounding income inclusions and deductions, to more specialized expertise and work like, for example, special income tax exemptions for international air traffic and shipping, and the taxation of resident and non-resident insurers.

RELATED TAX MATTERS - Rob's practice also includes a wide variety of related tax and near-tax matters, like disputes relating to employee vs. independent contractor status under Canadas various federal and provincial tax, employment standards and workers compensation legislation, and all other income tax, indirect tax, and trade issues arising on the residents cross-border movement of goods, services and labour.

 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE & CUSTOMS

Rob's International Trade and Customs Practice includes most trade issues related to Canada, as follows:

TRADE - All matters involving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), NAFTA Origin and Exporter Verification, CSA, PIP, and Government Procurement issues, as well as Anti-dumping / Countervail (SIMA), and World Trade Organization (WTO) and GATT matters.

CUSTOMS - Customs matters including all matters involving Tariff Classification, Origin, Valuation, Marking, Seizures, Ascertained Forfeitures, and Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMPs), and any other issues arising on the import of goods to Canada (including "import permit" issues for certain controlled goods).

EXPORT CONTROLS - Export control matters relating to the export from Canada, of regulated and controlled goods, including advice, assistance and representation on the application of Canada's controlled goods regime under the Defence Productions Act, and the Controlled Goods Registration Program.

RELATED TAX MATTERS - Finally, Rob also specializes in a number of other international and cross-border related areas, including across the following compliance areas:

    • The application of Canada's Food and Drugs Act to the following classes of goods imported to Canada or sold in Canada on a commercial basis: drugs, natural health products (NHPs), cosmetics, foods, and medical devices.

    • The application of Canada's Privacy Act (and related provincial legislation), and the application of Canadian various anti-spam and telemarketing rules

    • The application of Canada's Competition Act to various business activities or business practices

    • The application of various other provincial legislation to various other business activities from direct selling, to cost-of-credit disclosure.

 

  LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

TAX & TRADE LITIGATION

Tax & Trade Litigation is an important part of Rob's practice, and he litigates all tax and trade matters before all relevant bodies, tribunals and courts, including the Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Provincial Superior Courts and Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Rob's practice also includes planning and representation work before all levels of the federal and provincial governments.

At MILLAR KREKLEWETZ LLP we believe our hands-on tax and trade knowledge, combined with our litigation skill, gives us a competitive advantage in the litigation arena.

 

CORE VALUE PROPOSITION

ONE-STOP SHOPPING

MILLAR KREKLEWETZ LLP offers its clients the following distinct competitive advantage over its competitors: at one sitting, one of its partners is able to address all of the relevant income tax, GST/HST, sales tax, customs and trade implications of a given situation, structure or problem - while also offering both planning, representation and litigation solutions for same. Our competitors will usually require a minimum of three separate professionals to deal with the same issues, at an obvious increased cost.

 

BROAD INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

BLUE CHIP CLIENT BASE

Over the years, MILLAR KREKLEWETZ LLP has developed premier industry experience, through advising international leaders in the following industry sectors:

Airlines & Aerospace
Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
Banking
Manufacturing
Oil & Gas
Health Services & Testing
Financial Services
Wholesaling
Chemicals & Petro
Computer Hardware/Software
Leasing
Retailing
Forestry Products
Information Technology
Publishing
Direct Mail
Steel
IT & Internet Solutions
Public Sector

MILLAR KREKLEWETZ LLP also provides cost effective solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, and high net worth individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

TOO MUCH SPEAKING,

NOT ENOUGH WORKING !

SPEAKING / WRITING / MEMBERSHIPS

Rob has published over 500 articles and papers, spoken at over 200 conferences and seminars, and has over 25 years of experience in his areas of expertise.

WRITING - Rob is the Editor-in-Chief of Federated Presss Sales and Commodity Tax Journal, past Editor of Carswells GST and Commodity Tax Reporter, and a long-time regular contributor to the Tax Foundations Tax Highlights, the OBAs Tax Newsletter, and I.E.Canadas Tradeweek publications.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS - Rob regularly addresses a host of professional organizations, including the Tax Executive Institute (TEI) at its Annual Canadian and International Conferences, and at various provincial Chapter Meetings and also speaks frequently before other organizations on like the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF), Canadian & Ontario Bar Associations (CBA/OBA), Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), and Certified General Accountants (CGA).

Rob also regularly addresses industry-specific associations like the Tax Executive Institute (TEI), I.E.Canada, the American Petroleum Institute (API), American Toy Industry Association (TIA), Canadian Finance and Leasing Association (CFLA), and the Canadian and U.S. Direct Sellers Associations (DSA), and is a frequent speaker at other professional conferences held by organizations like the Strategy Institute, Infonex, IIR and Federated Press.

MEMBERSHIPS - Rob is a Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Tax Section and Executive of the OBAs International Law Section, and past Chair of the DSAs Taxation Committee. Rob is also a member of several federal and provincial consultation groups, consulting both with the federal Department of Finance, and the Ontario Ministry of Finance.

 

THE IMPORTANT STUFF ... UNFORTUNATELY LEFT TO THE BOTTOM

 

FAMILY

Rob is married to Franceen (the Saint), has four wonderful sons, 16 year-old William (the Conqueror) and 11 year-old Richard (the Lion-Hearted, starting 2B for the Royal York Cardinals), 6 year-old Raine (the Holy Terror), and 5 year old Lake (the Reason-Rob-Looks-So-Tired-all-the-Time).

With all that extra-curricular activity, Rob is currently on the “Freedom-95” retirement plan !

While Rob concedes that Tax and Trade is truly scintillating, what he really enjoys is spending time with his Family, playing hockey, golf, coaching baseball and football with his boys, and attempting to finish at least one household project he starts.

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