John Sorensen is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto Tax Group, practising in the area of tax dispute resolution, and was recently named one of the leading Tax Controversy professionals in Canada by the International Tax Review.
John has been involved in the successful resolution of numerous tax disputes, and has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court 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 has resolved disputes concerning a range of substantive tax matters, including the thin capitalization rules, SR&ED claims, interest deductibility, proceeds of crime, partnership allocations, shareholder benefits, the general anti-avoidance rule, the foreign accrual property income rules and GST/HST matters. He also acts on behalf of tax practitioners from other firms who are alleged to have been negligent in providing tax advice.
John is chair of the OBA Tax Section Executive. He has spoken and/or written on tax dispute resolution 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.
Additionally, John is a regular contributor to the Tax Dispute Resolution Group’s quarterly newsletter, and is actively involved in managing the group’s LinkedIn page.
Prior to joining Gowlings, John articled at the Tax Court of Canada and practised tax litigation at another Toronto firm.