181 Bay St, Suite 4400, Brookfield Pl, Bay Wellington Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1989 (ON)
Jamie M. Wilks is a partner in the Toronto office, practising in the tax, customs and international trade law areas. His practice focuses on commodity taxes, including excise taxes and duties, provincial retail sales taxes (PST), multi-stage value-added taxes (VAT), Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Québec Sales Tax (QST). He advises on customs tariff classification, valuation and tariff treatment (origin) of imported goods, including preferential tariff treatment under trade agreements, to ensure compliance and minimize, recover or eliminate duties and taxes, including drawback claims for subsequently exported goods. He navigates clients through complex regulatory rules governing international trade in goods and relating to Canadian import and export controls and trade sanctions. He represents clients in dispute resolution matters with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), relating to audits and assessments of duties, taxes, interest and penalties, seizures and ascertained forfeiture of imported goods, and regulatory and trade enforcement. He represents taxpayers and registrants in GST/HST appeals to the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal.
McMillan LLP and Sidley Austin LLP represented Fortress Investment Group in the purchase of the assets of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA), which was subject to bankruptcy court protection following the tragic derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec that occurred on July 6, 2013.