Located in the firm's Toronto office, Adrienne Woodyard is a member of the firm's taxation law group.
Adrienne’s practice is primarily focused on tax. She advises clients regularly on tax compliance issues and how to manage the audit process, and acts as their advocate in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Where disputes cannot be resolved at the administrative level, she litigates on clients’ behalf in the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. Adrienne also represents clients who wish to participate in the Voluntary Disclosures Program, an amnesty program designed to allow taxpayers to correct errors or omissions in their past tax returns. She has extensive knowledge of income tax, GST / HST, retail sales tax and excise tax matters, and serves on the editorial board of the Tax Litigation Journal, published by Federated Press.
Adrienne also advises clients on domestic and cross-border tax matters as well as estate and wealth preservation planning strategies. Her clients are engaged in a variety of business, real estate and investment activities, and include multinational corporations, privately held and owner-operated enterprises, estates and trusts, entrepreneurs, executives and other individuals.
Adrienne obtained her law degree from Queen's University, where she received the McDougall-Watson Memorial Award for her work with the Queen's Legal Aid Society and was an editor of the Queen's Law Review. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2000. Prior to attending Queen's, Adrienne studied English and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, and was awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Academic Medal for achieving the highest average in her graduating class.
She has been quoted and has written extensively on various tax matters, including transfer-pricing, Canada Revenue Agency challenges to charitable donation programs and the tax treatment of damage awards.
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