Squire Law can help you:

   

We will create and implement the best organization for your business or transaction and make sure that you and your accountant can work with it.   However, we leave the filing of your tax returns to your accountant.

 

Gord Squire is a tax lawyer with degrees in business who is also a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and a Trust and Estate Practitioner.  He started his tax practice in 1997 and worked in the Calgary tax groups of national law firms before starting Squire Law in 2005.

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Ongoing Training, Writing and Presenting (click here to see)

Gord Squire has instructed regarding business structures and taxation for the Canadian Bar Association (“CBA”), the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (“CPA”), the Canadian Tax Foundation (“CTF”), the Legal Education Society of Alberta (“LESA”), Federated Press (“FP”), the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (“CALU”) and other organizations.  Gord Squire also continually attends to his professional development from those organizations and others, including the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”), Wolters Kluwer (“WK”), Thomson Reuters (“TR”) and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society (“CPTS”).

  • Tax Update - Major Tax Changes for Private Businesses and 2018 Budget, 2018, STEP
  • Estate Planning and Trusts: Tax on Split Income 3.0, 2018, CTF
  • In-Depth Tax Course Group Study 1, leader, 2017-2018, CPA
  • 2018 Federal Budget, 2018, STEP
  • 2018 Federal Budget, 2018, WK (McCarthy Tetrault)
  • Insight into the 2018 Federal Budget, 2018, TR (Dentons)
  • The Case for Private Company Boards, 2018, University of Alberta
  • Game Changing US Federal Tax Reform and Implications for Canadian Businesses, 2018, CPTS
  • Tax Law Update: Tax on Split Income, 2018, presented at Foothills Medical Centre
  • Taxation of Domestic Trusts: Advanced, Edmonton instructor, 2017, CPA
  • Taxation of Domestic Trusts: Advanced, Calgary instructor, 2017, CPA
  • CRA Audit Preparedness, 2017, CPTS
  • Cash Pooling Arrangements, 2017, CPTS
  • US Tax Reform, 2017, CPTS
  • Topical Issues - Purchase and Sale of a Business, 2017, CPTS
  • International Repatriation - Surplus vs.Safe Income, 2017, CPTS
  • Succeeding in Business Despite the Global Assault on Tax Planing, 2017, CPTS
  • Recent Cases in International Tax, 2017, CPTS
  • Taxation of Domestic Trusts, Calgary instructor, 2017, CPA
  • Taxation of Domestic Trusts, Edmonton instructor, 2017, CPA
  • Capital vs. Income re Linefill (Taxation of Derivatives), 2017, CPTS
  • Royalty Investments, 2017, CPTS
  • Proposed Private Corporation Rules, 2017, CPTS
  • GST in Oil and Gas Transactions, 2017, CPTS
  • Tax Planning Using Private Corporations, 2017, CTF
  • Proposals Targeting Private Corporations, 2017, CPA
  • Fair Market Value - Business Valuations, 2017, CPA
  • Restrictions to the Small Business Deduction, 2017, CPA
  • Estate and Trust Case Law Update, 2017, STEP
  • In-Depth Tax Course Group Study 1, leader, 2016-2017, CPA
  • 2017 Federal Budget: What Every STEP Advisor Needs to Know, 2017, STEP
  • 2017 Federal Budget Update, 2017, WK
  • Complex Issues Surrounding Gifts and Loans to Adult Children, 2017, STEP
  • Rectification in Tax Cases: Supreme Court of Canada Decisions: Jean Coutu and Fairmont Hotels, 2017, CTF
  • 2016 Fall Tax Update, 2016, WK
  • National Tax Conference, 2016, CTF
  • Death and Taxes, 2016, WK
  • Tax-Deferred Transfers in the Income Tax Act, 2016, WK
  • Tax Issues Common to Private Corporate Ownership Part 2, 2016, WK
  • Multiplication of the Small Business Deduction, 2016, Moodys Gartner
  • Definitive Tax-Planning Conference for Advisers to Owner-Managed Businesses, 2016, CTF
  • Tax Issues Common to Private Corporate Ownership, 2016, WK
  • Flow-Through Shares: Current Issues, 2016, CPTS
  • Canadian Federal Budget, 2016, WK
  • Private Company Business Structuring Part 2, 2016, STEP
  • U.S. Tax for the Canadian Tax Practitioner, 2015, CPA
  • Mid-Market Mergers and Acquisitions, 2015, CPA
  • Insurance Planning, US Planning and Business Sale Planning, 2015, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Private Company Business Structuring Part 1, 2015, STEP
  • Proposed Amendments to s.55(2), 2015, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • Redeemable Preferred Shares Issued in a Tax Planning Arrangement, 2015, CPA
  • Annual Conference, 2015, CPTS
  • Estate Administration Act and Case Law Update, 2015, STEP
  • Insurance Planning Options and Shareholder Agreements, 2015, STEP
  • Business and Estate Plans and How to Fix Them if Not Properly Implemented, 2014, STEP
  • Qualified Disability Trusts, Graduated Rate Estates, Life Interest Trust Taxation, 2014, STEP
  • Holding Structures for Canadian Inbound and Outbound Investments - the UK Option, 2014, CPTS
  • Oil and Gas Taxation Course, course leader, 2014, Federated Press
  • Partnership and Joint Venture Tax Structuring, presented at the Oil and Gas Taxation Course, 2014, Federated Press
  • Federal Budget Update, 2014, CPTS
  • Constructive Trust Claims and Attacking the Family Trust, 2014, LESA
  • Trust Drafting Tips & Traps, 2013, STEP
  • PD Day for Accountants and Lawyers, 2013, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Immigration Law, 2013, LESA
  • CRA & Tax Advisors Liaison, 2013, STEP
  • Annual Conference, 2013, CPTS
  • Recent CRA Challenges Involving Partnerships, 2013, CPTS
  • Personal Services Businesses Risks and Solutions, 2013, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • Accountability Summit, 2013, CMA and CGAs of Alberta
  • Inter-Jurisdictional Estate Planning and Administration, 2013, STEP
  • Implementing Estate Freezes, Part 2: Variations of Freezes, 2013, WK
  • How to Build a Business, 2013, University of Alberta and CPA
  • Personal Services Business: Partnership Structure, 2013, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • Tax Policy for Tax Practitioners, 2013, International Fiscal Association
  • Directors’ and Officers’ Liabilities, 2012, LESA
  • Current Case Update, 2012, STEP
  • Taxation of Employee Compensation, 2012, CTF
  • Related, Affiliated and Associated Status, 2012, CTF
  • National Tax Conference, 2012, CTF
  • Implementing Estate Freezes, Part 1: Elements of an Estate Freeze, 2012, WK
  • U.S. Business and Tax Structures, 2012, Hodgson Russ
  • Leaders’ Edge, 2012, University of Alberta
  • Determining the Right Estate Plan for your Client: A Practical Guide, 2012, WK
  • The Stop Loss Rules: Avoid Surprises, 2012, WK
  • Annual Conference, 2012, CPTS
  • Owner-Manager Tax Planning, presented at the Tax Planning for the Wealthy Family Course, 2012, FP
  • 11th Tax Planning for the Wealthy Family Course, 2012, FP
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring (Finance 673), 2012, University of Alberta
  • Private Foundations: What’s New and What are the Alternatives?, 2012, STEP
  • Personal Services Businesses Amendments: Impact on Business Structures, 2012, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • Trust Deed Drafting Implications, 2012, STEP
  • Drafting and Practice Considerations Under the Wills & Succession Act, 2011, LESA
  • Personal Services Business Amended Tax Rate: Risk Assessment on Planning Business Structures, 2011, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • Shareholder Disputes, 2011, WK
  • Shareholders Agreements, 2011, WK
  • Business Structures: A Legal Perspective, 2011, WK
  • Butterflies Overview, 2011, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • New Alberta Wills and Succession Act, 2011, STEP
  • Electing Out of Being a Canadadian-Controlled Private Corporation, 2011, presented to Calgary Tax Planners
  • Update on Canada-US Cross Border Issues, 2011, STEP
  • Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, 2010
  • Shareholders Agreements, 2010, STEP
  • Private Enterprise GAAP and IFRS, 2010, CPA
  • Reporting Aggressive Transactions, 2010, STEP
  • Current US Tax Topics, 2010, Hodgson Russ
  • Income Tax and Business Succession Planning for Private Corporations, Trusts and Estates, 2010, STEP
  • Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2009, CTF
  • Stop Loss Rules and Eligible Dividends: Impact on Shareholder Agreements and Buy-outs, 2009, STEP
  • Tax Update, 2009, WK
  • GAAR and Lipson, 2009, CTF
  • Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements, 2009, Insight
  • Part III Tax Course, 2008, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • National Tax Conference, 2008, CTF
  • Role of GAAP in Computing Income for Tax Purposes, 2008, CTF
  • Private Foundations: Opportunities & Challenges, 2008, STEP
  • Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2008, CTF
  • Conflict of Laws in Trusts, 2008, STEP
  • Alter Ego Trusts & Other Extra-Testamentary Estate Planning, 2008, STEP
  • Fundamentals of Strategic Legal Writing, 2008, LESA
  • Family Business Succession, 2008, LESA
  • Unanimous Shareholder Agreements for Closely Held Corporations, 2007, LESA
  • Testamentary Trusts, 2007, STEP
  • Law Reform, 2007, STEP
  • National Tax Conference, 2007, CTF
  • Tax Planning For Shareholders of Private Companies, 2007, CTF
  • Securities Update, 2007, LESA
  • Caribbean Conference: Global Planning, 2007, STEP
  • Registered Plans: Tax, Legal & Financial Issues, 2007, STEP
  • Annual Conference, 2007, CPTS
  • GST & Related Estate & Planning Issues, 2007, STEP
  • Tax Update and Trust Taxation, 2007, presented to the CBA Business Law Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Review of the Reversionary Trust & Tax Tips Respecting Personal Trusts, 2007, STEP
  • Tax-Efficient Business Restructuring, 2006, presented to the CBA Tax Non-Specialists Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Purchase and Reorganization of Oil and Gas Companies: Tax Issues, 2006, University of Calgary and CPTS
  • Matrimonial Agreements in Estate Planning, 2006, STEP
  • National Tax Conference, 2006, CTF
  • Amalgamations and Windups, 2006, CTF
  • The New Eligible Dividend Rules, 2006, STEP
  • Modern Estate Planning, 2006, STEP
  • Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers, 2006, LESA
  • Cross-Border Estate-Planning Strategies, 2006, STEP
  • Taxation of Non-Resident Trusts, 2006, STEP
  • Annual Conference, 2006, CPTS
  • Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2006, CTF
  • Wills and Estates Case Update, 2006, STEP
  • Directors’ and Officers’ Liability, 2006, LESA
  • Business Boot Camp for Lawyers, 2006, LESA
  • CRA Pronouncements: Trusts, Tax and Estates Practice, 2006, STEP
  • The GAAR - Recent Developments, 2005, STEP
  • National Tax Conference, 2005, CTF
  • Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2005, CTF
  • Shareholder Agreements – Selected Tax Issues, 2005, presented at the Prairie Provinces Tax Conference
  • Winter Conference, 2005, Tax Specialist Group
  • Top Cases of 2004, 2005, STEP
  • Business Trusts, 2005, STEP
  • Tax Issues in Marriage Dissolution, 2004, presented to the CBA Family Law Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Butterflies: Deconstructing Divisive Reorganizations, 2004, CTF
  • National Tax Conference, 2004, CTF
  • Discretionary Trustee Powers, 2004, STEP
  • Annual Conference, 2004, CPTS
  • Comprehensive Cross-Border Conference, 2004, STEP
  • Forms of Business Organization, 2004, presented at the Bar Admission Course (LESA)
  • Corporate Reorganizations, 2004, week, CPA
  • Tax Planning for the Owner-Manager & Estate Planning, 2004, week, CTF
  • Negligence in Will Preparation, 2004, STEP
  • Tax Planning Your Reorganizations, 2004, presented to the CBA Business Law Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Forms of Business Organization, 2004, presented at the Bar Admission Course (LESA)
  • Rollover Basics: Tax-Deferred Transfers of Property, 2003, presented to the CBA Tax Non-Specialists Law Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Trust and Estate Practitioner, 2003, STEP
  • Alberta Trusts: Consider Services Trusts, published (April 2003) CALU Report 1-19
  • Forms of Business Organization, 2003, presented at the Bar Admission Course (LESA)
  • Alter Ego Trusts and Joint Spousal or Common-law Partner Trusts, 2003, presented to the CBA Wills and Trusts Law Section (Southern Alberta)
  • Estate Planning Gone Wrong, 2003, STEP
  • Personal Services Trusts, 2002, presented to the 2002 CALU Associate Members’ Meeting
  • Life Insurance in M&A Tax Planning, 2002, CALU
  • When an Estate Freeze Goes Awry, 2002, CALU
  • Legal Issues in Life Insurance, 2002, CALU
  • Search and Seizure Unconstitutional, published (2002), no.10 McCarthy Tétrault on Tax Disputes 5-6
  • Personal Services Trusts and Provincial Taxes, published (Federated Press, 2002), vol. 14, no. 3 Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement 196-200
  • All or Substantially All, published (2002), no. 1585 Tax Topics 6-7
  • In-Depth Tax Program, 2002, CPA
  • Bittersweet Victory - Successful Appeal Extends Time for Reassessment, published (2002), no. 1568 Tax Topics 6-7
  • Estate Planning for Canadians with U.S. Connections, 2002, STEP
  • Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2002, CTF
  • Tax Litigation Settlement Strategies, 2001, CBA
  • Legal and Tax Aspects of Canadian M&A Activity, 2001, CBA
  • Royalty Trusts and Income Funds, 2001, CBA
  • Advanced Issues in Oil and Gas Companies: A Tax Perspective, 2001, University of Calgary
  • Personal Services Trust for the Delivery of an Executive’s Services, published (Federated Press, 2001), vol. 13, no. 4 Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement 47-50
  • GST and Commodity Tax Issues in the Oil and Gas Industry, 2000, University of Calgary
  • Exemptions from Prospectus Requirements, 2000, CBA
  • Fundamentals of GST for Most Businesses, 2000, University of Calgary
  • New Provincial Individual Income Tax System, published (Miller Thomson, 2000), TaxNotes 1
  • Discovery Rules, 1999, LESA
  • Tax Law for Lawyers, 1999, CBA
  • Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 1999, CTF
  • Taxation of Canadian Oil and Gas Companies, 1999, University of Calgary
  • Royalty Trusts and Income Funds - Tax Issues, 1998, CBA
  • Fundamentals of Federal Tax Litigation: From Audit To Appeal, 1998, CBA
  • Articles of Clerkship (Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Dentons Canada LLP), 1998, Law Society of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Laws, 1997, University of Alberta
  • Master of Business Administration, 1996, University of Alberta
  • University Certificate in Labour Relations, 1994, Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, 1992, Laurentian University

Memberships (click here to see)

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta