Stevan Novoselac is the national leader of the Gowlings Tax Dispute Resolution team, an integral part of the firm's Tax Practice Group. He is listed as a Tax Controversy Leader in Canada for 2013 and 2014 by the International Tax Review and is the Taxand representative for tax litigation in Canada.
Stevan helps taxpayers across Canada resolve all kinds of tax disputes, including voluntary disclosures, requirements for information, audits, objections, appeals, collections issues, taxpayer relief applications, rectification orders and remission orders.
Stevan has successfully resolved disputes for taxpayers on a wide range of issues, including tax avoidance, the general anti-avoidance rule, permanent establishment, tax shelters, interest deductibility, SR&ED claims, charitable status, retirement compensation arrangements, directors’ liability, shareholder benefits and group tax appeals. He resolves tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency as well as provincial and other taxation authorities. Where tax disputes are not resolved at the administrative level, Stevan represents taxpayers at all levels of court.
Stevan has written extensively and has been interviewed by national media on tax dispute resolution. He recently published an op-ed in The Globe & Mail on the subject of why taxpayers should voluntarily disclose their off-shore investments to the CRA through its voluntary disclosure program.
He has also presented seminars on tax dispute resolution to CFOs, tax directors, general counsel and tax advisers and accounting professionals, including the ICAO Practitioners’ PD Conference and Federated Press.