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Year called to bar: 1989 (ON)
Jamie M. Wilks is a partner in the firm’s Toronto office, practising in the tax, customs and international trade law areas. His taxation practice focuses on commodity taxes, including excise taxes & duties, provincial retail sales taxes (PST), multi-stage value-added taxes (VAT), Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), the federal Goods & Services Tax (GST) and the Quebec Sales Tax (QST). He advises on customs tariff classification, valuation & tariff treatment (origin) of imported goods, including preferential tariff treatment under trade agreements, to ensure compliance and minimize, recover or eliminate duties & taxes, including drawback claims for subsequently exported goods. He navigates clients through complex regulatory rules that govern international trade in goods, and relating to Canadian import & 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 & assessments of duties, taxes, interest & penalties, seizures & 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.