Jamie Wilks helps clients navigate the complex worlds of commodity taxes, customs and international trade. His tax law practice focuses on commodity taxes, such as excise duties and taxes, provincial retail sales taxes and multi-stage value-added taxes (the GST, HST and QST), and includes the e-commerce initiatives requiring non-resident suppliers to collect QST from Québec consumers (the so-called “Netflix tax”). He is recognized as a leading lawyer tax law by Best Lawyers in Canada and as a repeatedly recommended lawyer in the Commodity Tax / Customs category by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Jamie is a leader of the firm’s commodity tax practice.
With proven expertise advising on matters relating to international trade, Jamie helps clients minimize or eliminate tax and duty costs, and obtain duty and tax refunds. He disputes proposed and actual assessments, achieving substantial savings for his clients. His expertise extends to customs tariff classification, valuation and tariff treatment (origin) of imported goods.
Jamie also represents clients on compliance with international economic and trade sanctions, including against Russia, Ukraine, and the boycotts against Syria and Iran. This work includes seeking and obtaining comfort letters from Global Affairs Canada to confirm that proposed transactions do not contravene sanctions. He also prepares and submits applications for export permits / licences, and defends clients against enforcement actions for alleged contraventions of sanctions.
Knowledgeable in the regulatory regimes governing international trade in goods, James advises on import and export controls, food safety regulatory reform, plant pesticide controls, motor vehicle safety standards and origin labelling requirements. His clients include major national and international financial institutions, private and public investment funds, real estate conglomerates and public corporations. Jamie’s expertise spans a wide range of industries, including the cannabis, automotive and private equity sectors.
Jamie writes and speaks frequently on commodity tax, customs and trade law, and has prepared submissions on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section to the Canada Revenue Agency and the Department of Finance relating to proposed GST / HST amendments and GST / HST administrative interpretations and policies.
USMCA, CUSMA, T-MEC, CPTPP, Free Trade Agreements, Automotive Industry, International Trade, Duties, Global Affairs Canada.
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Budget 2016: Reporting of Grandfathered New Home Sales
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Budget 2016: Proposed GST/HST Amendments
Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA") Revises its Policy on Canadian Customs Voluntary Disclosures
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Reduction of Input Tax Credit ("ITC") Recapture Rate for Ontario Portion of HST ("OHST") starting July 1, 2015
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