James Alvarez

James Alvarez is an Associate with Rosen Kirshen Tax Law.

James’ practice emphasizes audits, objections, and advocacy in the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court. In all cases, he works towards early and efficient resolution of tax disputes.

James studied law at Queen’s University.  While there, he was an associate editor with the Queen’s Law Journal, worked as a research assistant, and won the Queen’s Law Prize in Advanced Constitutional Law. Prior to Law School, James studied Economics at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

During Law School, James worked with Queen’s Legal Aid, where he represented low-income clients in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Landlord Tenant Board, and in front of the Social Benefits Tribunal. Prior to this, he worked with a sole practitioner in Alberta who practiced real estate and business law. As a student, James worked as a Ghost Writer, authoring blog posts for other firms throughout Canada on a wide range of legal topics.

James has lived all over the country. In addition to Nova Scotia and Ontario, he was born in Yellowknife, and grew up in Calgary, Alberta.

James is an excellent skier and an enthusiastic but mediocre golfer. In the city, James enjoys cooking and playing squash.


Email:        james@rktaxlaw.com

Toronto:     (416) 593-4357

Toll-free:    (844) 538-2937

Fax:           (877) 894-9560


Recent Decisions

Juriansz v. HMQ, 2015-3945(IT)G – Tax Court of Canada (Appellant allowed principal residence exemption, removal of GST/HST and penalties)

Lee v. MNR, T-1884-17 – Federal Court (Judicial Review of decision not to allow taxpayer relief, settlement allowing relief)



RRSP or TFSA – Which is Right for Me?

Reasonableness in Canadian Tax Law

Income Sprinkling and Reasonableness