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If you came to this page looking for ordinary, traditional services that accounting firms normally provide, there is really no need to even bother reading further-that is not what I do. However, if you are actually looking for high-level and CREATIVE tax consulting services, you are definitely in the right place! You see, I TOTALLY devote my practice to CONSULTING in connection with high-level tax issues, both international and domestic. I DO NOT prepare tax returns, or provide any traditional accounting services. Therefore, my time and mental energies are free to be completely devoted to studying, thinking, and planning regarding high-level Canadian tax issues. That means that I can use all of my technical skills and creative energies to solve what are often complex and difficult tax problems. Over the years, my "thinking outside the box" approach to tax planning, coupled with my detailed knowledge of Canadian tax laws, has saved my clients countless millions of dollars in taxes and also brought them peace of mind. I focus my tax minimization and problem solving efforts particularly on the following areas:



  • Inbound international tax
  • Outbound international tax
  • High level corporate (reorganizations; M&A)
  • Estate planning
  • Estates & trusts
  • Real estate



I am especially able to advise on international tax matters. I am the author of the top Canadian book devoted to inbound international tax planning: Canadian Taxation of Non-Residents, which is now in its 4th Edition. For example, if someone wants to find a creative way to use tax treaties to qualify as a Canadian non-resident, I am their man!



Until 1991, I was the Partner in charge of the tax practice of a major Toronto-based accounting firm (now called Crowe Soberman LLP). In that year, I formed my own tax consulting "boutique" firm. I advise accounting and law firms, as well as all types of individuals and corporations.


Hundreds of accountants and lawyers have come to me for tax advice since 1991-that should say a lot about my expertise and creativity!


Whether my clients are in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Hong Kong, Bermuda, London, Zurich, or anywhere else, I can work on solving their Canadian tax problems! I can advise them in person, or via email, phone, or Skype.


I am always eager to welcome new clients, Canadian or foreign, whether they are individuals, corporations, accountants or lawyers. I am also happy to look at any tax problem that a potential client has in order to determine if I can help-there is no fee or obligation for me to provide such preliminary evaluation.



I try to tailor my fees to the specifics of the situation. Wherever possible and practical, I prefer to base my fees on the results of my efforts-that is often called a "performance" or "contingency" fee. I will never forget a statement that I once heard a famous and extremely successful Florida-based class action attorney make. (He had won hundreds of millions for his clients by successfully suing big tobacco companies). He said "Nobody ever leaves my office poorer than when they came in!". He only billed his clients if he won money for them. I really love that approach! However, for many reasons, it is not always appropriate for all of the services that I can provide. Hence, often my fees will be based on time spent or a fixed pre-determined amount.




E-Mail: matlas@TaxCA.com

Phone (Office): 416.860.9175

Mobile: 416.949.7111

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