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June 27th, 2013
June 27th, 2013

The DoJ is Looking for 30 Volunteers to Leave Their Positions in the TLS Portfolio

Another week brings yet more news of cost-cutting measures by the federal government.

This time, the AJC has been advised that the Department of Justice will be taking a different approach in its attempt to reduce CRA's legal costs. The DoJ will be asking for 30 volunteers in the Tax Law Portfolio to leave their positions in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

While this approach is novel and aims to avoid a brutal SERLO process, with affected lawyers competing for jobs with their colleagues, it still is bad news for our members.

The Tax Law Services (TLS) Porfolio was created in 1995 in order to group under one portfolio all the  legal services provided to the CRA. The TLS Portfolio  sections are located in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg/Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

The timing of this move is puzzling since, earlier this spring, the federal government promised tougher measures to catch offshore tax cheats in the wake of media reports on Canadian tax evaders. In early May, you may recall, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the creation of a special unit to focus on tax cheats. In addition, the Tax Court of Canada is reporting an increase of 18.4% in the number of appeals filed by taxpayers.

The AJC will remain vigilant in assuring that all of its members are treated fairly during this process. We will continue advocating for those left in their positions and will inevitably face increased workloads.

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