Marc Vanasse is a partner of the Canadian National Tax Services (CNTS) group in the Ottawa office of PwC Canada. He is also a member of PwC's Global Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution team.
Marc brings to PwC a wealth of knowledge and experience in many areas of Canada's income tax system having spent over 26 years in public and private practice, including over 20 years in the Income Tax Rulings Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Marc was a director of Reorganizations and Resources Division at the Income Tax Rulings Directorate from 2004 to 2011 and director of Business and Partnerships Division from 2000 to 2004. He has served as a member of the CRA GAAR Committee (1999-2011), a member of the Technical Committee on Business Taxation (the Mintz Committee) and a member of the CRA Taxable Benefits Committee.
Marc has worked with the Department of Finance on numerous legislative changes, including tax shelters, partnershps, corporate reorganizations, income trusts and green energy initiatives. He met regularly with CRA appeals officers and Department of Justice lawyers to discuss cases proceeding to court and reviewed Notices of Reply/Appeal and related briefings on topics such as, corporate distributions, transaction costs, contingent liabilities, trusts and GAAR. Marc has mediated numerous technical tax disputes betweeen CRA auditors and taxpayers in his role as a senior executive within the Rulings Directorate on issues ranging from employee/shareholder benefits to corporate surplus stripping, resource taxation and estate planning. Marc was instrumental in managing and issuing numerous complex and sensitive advance income tax rulings and interpretations. Marc has also represented the CRA as a speaker at numerous tax conferences and seminars, including those sponsored by the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Tax Executives Institute, and l'Association de Planification Fiscale et Financière.