Edmonton tax lawyer Ashvin Singh

Ashvin R. Singh

Edmonton Office - Associate Work+ 1 (587) 525-5818

Areas of Practice

Tax Representation & Litigation
Corporate Tax Planning
Personal Tax Planning
Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation

Ashvin practices in the areas of tax controversy and litigation, including audits, objections, criminal evasion and appeals to the Tax Court of Canada. He also advises on tax and estate planning matters, and assists in contentious estate and trust litigation. He has worked with a wide array of clients, including financial institutions, large private corporations, professional corporations, pension funds and high net worth individuals.

Ashvin attended law school at the University of Toronto, where he won the Warren Lefton Prize in Estate Planning for the highest place in tax and estate planning. He maintained a passion for advocacy throughout his university studies, serving as Co-Chief Justice of the 2013 Grand Moot (presided over by Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada) and competing at the Gale and Jessup competitive moots. He attended two World Debating Championships, organized the 2010 National and 2012 British Parliamentary North American Debating Championships and is the former President of the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate.

Outside the office, Ashvin enjoys international travel and volunteering. He sits on numerous community boards and serves as a Commissioner of the Edmonton Police Service. Prior to joining Felesky Flynn, Ashvin practiced in the tax group of an international law firm.

Professional History

Joined Felesky Flynn LLP, 2018
Called to the Alberta bar, 2015

Educational History

Juris Doctor (JD), University of Toronto, 2014
Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (B.Comm), First Class Honours, with Distinction, University of Alberta, 2011
CPA In-Depth Tax Course, Levels I, II and III, CPA Canada, 2018
CBA Tax Law for Lawyers, 2017

Memberships and Associations

Member, Law Society of Alberta
Member, Canadian Tax Foundation
Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association, Tax Law Subsection (North)
Steering Committee Member, CTF Young Practitioners Committee
Director/Chair (Ambassador Committee), Edmonton Valley Zoo Development Society
Commissioner and Chair, Finance and Audit, Edmonton Police Commission
Member, Endowment Development Committee, Edmonton Community Foundation

Publications and Presentations

Co-Presenter, “Landlord Considerations: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance & Small Business Relief”, NAIOP (Edmonton Chapter), May 2020
Co-Presenter, “COVID-19 Shut-Down: Audits, Appeals and Tax Court”, Video Tax News, May 2020
Presenter, “COVID-19 Government Relief Programs”, 630 CHED, May 2020
Co-Presenter, “Small Business Relief & Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance”, Edmonton CREW, May 2020
Author, “SCC Addresses Hedging and the Use of Derivatives”, Canadian Tax Focus, Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 14, May 2020
Co-Author, “Crown Attempt to Repudiate Settlement Fails”, Canadian Tax Focus, Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 8, May 2020
Co-Author, “Vavilov and the New Framework for Judicial Review”, Federated Press Tax Litigation Journal, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, March 2020
Co-Author, “Are Tenant Improvements a Shareholder Benefit?”, Tax for the Owner-Manager, Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 9, January 2020
Co-Presenter, “Tax Planning and Dispute Resolution”, Association for Finance Professionals, November 2019
Co-Author, “Tax Accommodation Parties and Novel Applications of Section 160”, Federated Press Tax Litigation Journal, Vol. XXII, No. 3, October 2019
Co-Presenter, “Tax Tips and Traps: Avoiding Common Errors”, Edmonton CPA Club, September 2019
Co-Author, “Section 160 in a Butterfly Reorganization”, Canadian Tax Highlights, Vol. 27, No. 8, p. 2, August 2019
Author, “CRA Cannot Require Oral Interviews”, Canadian Tax Focus, Vol. 9, No. 2, p. 15, May 2019
Co-Presenter, “Tax Dispute Resolution: A Primer”, Canadian Bar Association: Business Law Subsection, February 2019
Panel Member (Taxation), “Understanding Deal Structures”, ScaleUp YEG: Angel Investing for New Angel Investors (hosted by Valhalla Private Capital), January 2019
Co-Presenter, “Tips and Traps for Private Company shares in RRSPs and TFSAs”, Canadian Bar Association: Tax Law Subsection, January 2019
Presenter, “Tax Dispute Resolution”, Canadian Tax Foundation YP Group, December 2018
Presenter, “Tax Dispute Resolution: A Primer”, Felesky Flynn LLP 2018 Tax Series (Fort McMurray), November 2018
Presenter, “2018 Update on TOSI and Passive Income”, CPA Saskatchewan, November 2018
Presenter, “Subsection 55(2) – A Refresher”, Edmonton Tax Forum, September 2018
Co-Author, “2018 Federal Budget Special Report” (budget lock-up report), Wolters Kluwer, February 2018
Presenter, “Taxation Law”, Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, February 2018
Presenter, “Government takes aim at Private Corporations and their Shareholders: What do we do now?”, Canadian Tax Foundation YP Group, December 2017
Co-Presenter, “Government takes aim at Private Corporations and their Shareholders – the July 18, 2017 tax proposals”, Canadian Bar Association: Tax Law Subsection, September 2017
Author, “Wilson: SCC Overhauls Standard of Review?”, Tax Litigation Blog, August 2016
Author, “FCA Reinstates Narrow View of De Facto Control”, Canadian Tax Focus, Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 11, August 2016
Author, “Scope of Taxpayer Agreements Narrowed: Marine Atlantic v. the Queen, 2016 TCC 46”, The Legal Times, Tax Topics No. 2296, March 2016
Author, “De Facto Control Broadened: More Than a Board of Directors Test”, Canadian Tax Focus, Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 11, February 2015