William (Bill) H. Cooper*
Bill has over 45 years of tax and financial experience as both an accountant with a multi-national forest products company and as a tax lawyer practicing in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. For most of his 35 plus years of tax practice, Bill has been an advisor to private, owner-managed businesses. His focus has been on the creation of tax effective legal structures, the planning and implementing of family business succession plans, the structuring of the purchase and sale of private businesses, and the implementation of tax effective financing structures. Bill has also worked with many First Nations in B.C. and the Yukon helping them to establish tax-effective investment structures, including the settlement of sophisticated First Nation Trusts. Bill also represents clients in tax disputes with the CRA and other taxation authorities.
Bill has lectured and written on a wide variety of tax matters for professional associations and independent tax advisory organizations. He also taught Tax Law and Policy at Carleton University. His extensive tax experience includes working as an advisor at the most senior levels of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Department of Finance (Finance) in Ottawa. In his role with the CRA, Bill reviewed transactions of national importance and worked with senior officials of Finance and the CRA developing tax policy and federal income tax legislation, as well as providing Rulings on business transactions across Canada.
Bill is the co-founder of Meritas Canada Tax, an affiliation of over 30 tax and estate lawyers practicing from coast-to-coast with law firms that are members of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide.
- Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA)
- University of British Columbia, LL.B.
- Year of Call: 1983 (B.C.), 1988 (ON)
“Exit Strategies: The Purchase and Sale of a Business”; The Entrepreneur, April 2017
Estate and Succession Tax Planning Update & The 2015 Top Tax Planning Issues – Burnaby / New West CPA Chapter – Oct. 17, 2015
Planning for the Succession of the Family Business – Kelowna – Sept. 11, 2015
Cross Border Travellers – Tax Consequences – Boughton Law Corporation – May 15, 2014
Tax Update for Non-Tax Lawyers; CPD Seminar, April 24, 2014
First Nation Trusts – A Path to Self Sufficiency – FOA Canada National Conference, February 26, 2014
Business Transition Planning for Owner-Manager Businesses; CIBC Wood Gundy, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, 2013
The Taxation of Corporations – A Checklist, December 7, 2012
Trusts Under Attack – The Trust Checklist, May 2010
CLE Residential Real Estate – Tax Checklist, December 2009
STEP Canada’s 11th National, June 18 and 19, 2009
CCH Webinar on Tips and Traps, February 5, 2008
- Tax Liabilities for Directors of Corporate Businesses
- Are you Eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy?
- CRA Response to COVID-19: What Businesses Need to Know
- Estate Freeze and Other Transition Strategies
- Succession Planning for Private Business Owners – Part 2 [Legal Series on CKNW]
- The Art and Science of the Family Business Succession
- How the New Family Law Act Could Affect Your Family Trust
- Succession Planning for Private Business Owners [Legal Series on CKNW]
- Business Owners: Cashing in on the Capital Gains Exemption
- Business Succession Planning – Which Choice is Right for My Business? [Infographic]
- Webinar: New Challenges for Cross Border Travellers
- The Essentials Of First Nation Settlement Trusts
- Employee or Self-Employed? Revised Guide RC4110 Now Available
- The Effect of Skinny Voting Shares on a Freeze When Used in Estate Planning
- Reforestation Obligations Don’t Increase Arm’s Length Proceeds of Disposition in Daishowa-Marubeni Decision
- Federal 2013-2014 Budget – Part 4: Other Federal Tax Measures
- Federal 2013-2014 Budget – Part 3: International Taxation
- Federal 2013-2014 Budget – Part 2: Business Income Tax Measures
- Federal 2013-2014 Budget: New Legislation for Personal Income Tax Measures
- Restricted Covenants – The Final Chapter
- Thousands of Canadians Taxed on ‘Phantom Income’