Tax is one of the most complex and challenging aspects of accounting. Fortunately, Stern Cohen has earned a reputation for strong tax knowledge. Our tax team takes a pre-emptive approach with tax planning services, identifying opportunities to protect your earnings and safeguard your assets. Our clients receive a full service solution for their personal and corporate needs.

When it comes to tax advice, we all look to be in compliance while maximizing tax breaks. For individuals, business owners, and corporations our advice is practical and proven. We assist clients with income and commodity taxes, estate and succession planning, as well as numerous other income tax issues. Our strategies include trusts and alternative structures tailored to our clients’ diverse and complex requirements.

Letters from the CRA? Late filings? We can help. The Stern Cohen team has negotiated many tax settlements with the Canada Revenue Agency on behalf of our clients. So if you have received correspondence from the CRA, are in negotiations with the CRA, or if you have not filed taxes in previous years and need to catch up, call us for expert help.

We provide services in the following areas:

  • Corporate and personal tax planning
  • Identification of opportunities and issues
  • Cross border issues
  • Transfer pricing
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations
  • Strategic estate and succession planning
  • Tax compliance
  • Corporate, personal, trusts and estates
  • Tax consulting
  • Commodity tax
  • Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
  • International tax
  • Tax advisory consulting services for independent accounting practitioners across Canada


“We’ve been working with Stern Cohen since 2006 when we left a Big 4 accounting firm because we were unhappy with the service. Our company has greatly benefited from our relationship with Stern Cohen as we rely on them regularly for tax, year-end financials, business advisory, and more. We frequently throw ideas their way and our Partner is always helpful and responsive. For a business, this level of service and accessibility is key, so we highly recommend their services.”

Nicholas Walker,
Managing Director, Bassett & Walker International, Inc.

Bassett & Walker International, Inc.

You might be interested in…

  • Stern Cohen is “helping clients win big refunds” according to the Toronto Star on April 23, 2014! Check out our tax advice in the Star Business Section in an article “Meet your tax preparer with questions ready” by columnist Ellen Roseman. Read the full story in the Toronto Star.
  • In February 2014, Stern Cohen Partner Lorne Lebow was recognized in the Toronto Star’s Personal Finance section for applying a little-known, but significant, HST tax savings that has allowed our clients some substantial returns (in one case a $12,000 HST refund!) Read the full story in the Toronto Star.
  • Stern Cohen’s Federal Budget 2016 Commentary – our take on the current budget.

For more information about how a partnership with Stern Cohen will work for you, we invite you to call or contact us for a free consultation.

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