John Sorensen resolves tax disputes and is ranked by Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 in the area of taxation law. He has also regularly been ranked as one of the leading tax controversy professionals in Canada by the International Tax Review.
A partner based in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, John provides prudent advice on expeditious and cost-effective solutions to tax problems. He has wide-ranging experience dealing substantive tax issues, including the thin capitalization rules, interest deductibility, SR&ED claims, partnership allocations, shareholder benefits, the general anti-avoidance rule, the foreign accrual property income rules, proceeds of crime, inventory valuation and GST/HST matters. He also acts on behalf of tax practitioners who are alleged to have provided mistaken tax advice.
John has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He has also helped clients successfully resolve tax problems through appeals to the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial tax authorities, and through voluntary disclosures, taxpayer relief applications and remission order applications.
John is chair of the Ontario Bar Association Tax Section Executive. He has spoken and written on tax dispute resolution topics for the Canadian Tax Foundation's national and regional conferences, the Ontario Bar Association and Federated Press. He has also been quoted on tax topics in the national and international press.