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Allan J. Gelkopf

Awards & Recognition

Allan is recognized as a leading tax lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – 2015–2022 (Commodity Tax/Customs) 

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 ("Allan Gelkopf frequently advises on commodity taxation, including restrictions related to import and export as well as GST and HST matters.")

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2018–2021 (Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2016–2021

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 ("Allan Gelkopf is well known for his specialisation in commodity taxation, covering issues from GST and HST to tariff classification and import/export restrictions.")

  • International Tax Review's World Tax – 2019–2020 Highly Regarded (Indirect Tax)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 ("Allan Gelkopf is described as 'extremely knowledgeable' by market sources. One client highlighted his 'level of expertise in HST issues - I had nothing but confidence in him.'")

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 ("Allan Gelkopf is recognized as a notable expert in matters relating to GST, HST and PST.")

  • International Tax Review's Indirect Tax Leaders 2017–2018

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 ("Allan Gelkopf is recognized by the market as a noteworthy GST, HST and PST expert. Clients describe him as 'a specialist in local provincial tax and value added tax. His advice is very sensible - he has given us very constructive drafting advice.'")

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Commodity Tax/Customs)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 (Tax) ("Sources describe Allan Gelkopf as 'a leader in the commodity tax space and a very fine lawyer.' He is especially well versed in matters concerning goods and services tax.")

Professional Activities

Allan has served as a consultant to the Department of Finance in connection with the GST/PST harmonization project and has assisted in the preparation of the GST Guide for Consumers of Legal Services and for Lawyers. He has written for the GST & Commodity Tax Newsletter, the Canadian International Lawyer, the Lex Mundi World Reports and the Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal. He has also lectured at the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Commodity Tax Symposium and at CPA's in-depth commodity tax course.

Allan is a member of the GST Leaders Forum, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Financing & Leasing Association Tax Committee, the Canadian Bar Association/Canada Border Services Agency Customs Committee and is past chair of the Canadian Bar Association Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section. He was appointed a member of the Department of Finance HST Focus Group to review proposed HST legislation involving financial institutions. Allan has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the CPA Commodity Tax Symposium.

Allan is the editor of the CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section Newsletter and a member of the editorial board for the Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal (Thomson Reuters Canada).

Publications
  • Co-author: Zomaron: Tax Court Clarifies GST/HST Exemption for Credit Card Intermediary Fees
    Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal, Federated Press, Vol. XVII, No. 2, 2020.
  • Co-author: Fighting the Underground Economy: Canada Revenue Agency Exercises its Powers Under Section 289 of the Excise Tax Act
    Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal, Federated Press, Vol. XVII, No. 1, 2020.
  • Co-author: Applewood: Tax Court Gets to the Core of the GST/HST Exemption for Financial Intermediaries
    Sales Tax, Customs & Trade Journal, Federated Press, Vol. XVI, No. 1, 2019.
Education

Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1986
LLB, MBA (Gold Medal), University of Windsor – 1984
BComm, University of Windsor – 1982
BSc, University of Toronto – 1980

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