People

Anthony V. Strawson

Contact Info

Co-managing Partner

+1 (403) 260-5634

astrawson@felesky.com

Location

Calgary, Alberta

Anthony’s practice covers a wide array of taxation law matters, providing businesses and high net-worth families with transactional tax, estate planning and tax dispute resolution advice.

Recognized for tax law in the Canadian Lexpert®, the Lexpert/ALM 500, The Best Lawyers in Canada™ guide, and as the 2021 Corporate Tax Planning Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly, Anthony is one of our co-managing partners in Calgary.

Anthony graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School with the highest academic standing in multiple tax law courses. Along with being a tax lawyer, he is a former accountant who held certificates in Canada and the US.

Anthony is a former sessional instructor of taxation law at the University of Calgary who has written and spoken on numerous taxation law matters, including for the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Canadian Bar Association and numerous accounting groups.

As a past member of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada for approximately 10 years, Anthony also has made numerous submissions to the Department of Finance in pursuit of improvements to the Canadian tax system.

Credentials

  • Called to the Alberta Bar, 2004
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2002
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Osgoode Hall Law School, 2001
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm), with Distinction, University of Calgary, 1996
  • Certified Public Accountant certificate (inactive), Illinois, USA, 2006 to 2021
  • Certified Management Accountant (inactive), Alberta, 1998 to 2021

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Former Member, Joint Committee on Taxation of the Canadian Bar Association and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Former Director, Calgary Legal Guidance
  • Former Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Tax Specialists Section
  • Former Director, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society
  • Former Sessional Instructor, The University of Calgary, Faculty of Law
Publications & Presentations
  • “Hot Audit Topics,” Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Fall Lecture Series, October, 2021
  • “CDA Extraction After Deemed Gain Followed by Deemed Loss Held to be Abusive”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Vol. 19, No. 3, Canadian Tax Foundation, July, 2019
  • “What’s New and What to Anticipate for Private Enterprise Taxation”, co-Presented to the Canadian Tax Foundation, Calgary Young Practitioners Group, April, 2019
  • “Vendor Planning for Private Corporations: Select Issues” co-Presented at the 2017 Annual Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “When Does Subsection 129(1.2) Apply to Deny a Dividend Refund?”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Vol. 17, No. 3, Canadian Tax Foundation, July, 2017
  • “The New Section 55 – Practitioner Perspectives on Where We Go From Here”, 2017 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation, May, 2017
  • “Small Business and Private Corporation Tax Update”, co-Presented to the Canadian Tax Foundation, Calgary Young Practitioners Group, May, 2017
  • “Small Business and Professional Corporations Tax Update”, co-presented to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), November, 2016
  • “Recent GAAR Developments”, CPTS Fall Lecture Series, November, 2016
  • “Tips and Traps – New or Commonly-Overlooked Administrative and Planning Considerations”, October, 2015.
  • “Professional Fees Incurred for Voluntary Disclosure”, Vol. 23, No. 10, Canadian Tax Highlights, October, 2015.
  • “Tax Planning During an Economic Slowdown”, 2015 Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Interest”, 2015 BEPS Symposium: A Canadian Perspective, International Fiscal Association and Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Corporate Tax Update”, 2014 Acumen Presentation, Acumen
  • “The Taxation of Employee Compensation”, 2013 Annual Conference Workshop, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Interprovincial Tax Planning – What’s Trending?”, 2013 Ontario Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “The Taxation of Employee Compensation”, 2012 Annual Conference Workshop, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Practical Implications of the Copthorne Decision”, Tax Specialists Section (South), Canadian Bar Association, January, 2012
  • “Partnership Income Deferral Limited”, Canadian Tax Highlights, Canadian Tax Foundation, November, 2011
  • “Partnership Status Opt-Out Proposed for Joint Ventures”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Canadian Tax Foundation, October 2011
  • “The Canadian Tax Treatment of US Limited Liability Companies and Their Members”, 2010 Annual Conference Report, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Should Partnership Information Returns be Filed as a Matter of Course?”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Canadian Tax Foundation, October, 2009
  • “Selected Income Tax Considerations Concerning Insolvent Persons and Their Creditors”, Turnaround Management Association, 2009
  • “The Various Purpose Tests in the Income Tax Act (Canada) and How They Have Been Applied”, 2008 Annual Conference Workshop, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Taxation of Professional Corporations”, Canadian Bar Association, Tax Non-Specialists Subsection (South), 2008
  • “Tax Shelter Update”, Canadian Bar Association, Tax Specialists Subsection (South), 2008
  • “More Planning for Professionals”, 2007 Annual Conference Report, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • “Mirror Image” Rule for Eligible Capital Amounts Quietly Replaced”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2007
  • “Planning for Professionals – New Opportunities and Old Challenges”, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2007
  • “Using Unlimited Liability Corporations for Estate Planning Involving U.S. Residents”, Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal, Vol. 25, 2006
  • “Alberta Unlimited Liability Corporations”, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, Fall Lecture Series, 2005
  • “Alberta Unlimited Liability Corporations”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Canadian Tax Foundation, July, 2005
  • “Alberta Unlimited Liability Corporations are on the Way’, Taxation Law , Ontario Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, Vol. 15, No. 3, May, 2005
  • “Acquisition of Control and Amalgamation on the Same Day: Multiple Year-Ends?”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Canadian Tax Foundation, April, 2005
  • “Use of Trusts in Estate Planning”, Porter Hétu International Conference, 2005
  • “Employee or Independent Contractor?”, CMA Management, October, 2003
  • “Professional Corporations: An Update”, Taxation Law, Ontario Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, Vol. 13, No. 4, May, 2003
CBA/CPA Joint Committee Submissions
  • “Reportable Transaction and Notifiable Transaction Proposals”, April, 2022
  •  “Reporting Requirements for Trusts”, April, 2022
  • “Guidance on International Income Tax Issues Raised by the Covid-19 Crisis”, June, 2020
  • “Covid-19 Measures”, June, 2020
  • “Transfer Pricing Amendments”, November, 2019
  • “Employee Stock Option Changes” 2019 Federal Budget, May, 2019
  • “Response to Green Case”, March, 2018
  • “Passive Income”, Part C of Taxation of Private Corporations, March, 2018
  • “Converting Income into Capital Gains”, Part D of Tax Planning Using Private Corporation, March, 2018
  • “Technical Amendments Package of September 16, 2016”, November, 2016
  • “Back to Back Draft Legislation of July 29, 2016”, September, 2016
  • “Subsection 152(9) Draft Legislation of July 29, 2016”, September, 2016
  • “Proposed Changes to Subsection 152(9)”, June, 2016
  • “2014 Federal Budget Amendments to Trust and Estate Rules”, September, 2014
  • “August 16, 2013 Draft Legislation”, October, 2013
  • “September 13, 2013 Draft Legislation”, October, 2013
  • “December 21, 2012 Technical Amendments”, February, 2013
  • “Bill C-13 – Corporate Tax Deferral Rules in Sections 34.2, 34.3 and 249.1 of the Income Tax Act”, November, 2011
  • “Re: Bill C-13 – Proposed Changes Relating to RRSPs and RRIFs”, October, 2011
  • “Submission in Respect of the August 19, 2011 Foreign Affiliate Proposals”, October, 2011

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