Stevan Novoselac is the Canadian leader of Gowling WLG's Tax Dispute Resolution team, an integral part of the firm's Tax Group. With more than 30 years' experience, he has been listed as a Tax Controversy Leader in Canada for each of the last six years by International Tax Review and Best Lawyers in Canada for 2020.
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 frequently offers his expertise to national media outlets on matters related to tax dispute resolution and has contributed op-ed pieces to The Globe & Mail and other publications. Some recent examples are as follows:
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. In May 2016, he participated in a Gowling WLG-hosted webinar entitled International Tax Crackdown: What you need to know about the new reality.
Stevan is also active in the community, serving on the boards of directors of one charity and one not-for-profit corporation.