Précis: The taxpayer, formerly known as Look Communications Inc. (“Look”), sold its business in 2009 (the “Spectrum Sale”). In 2011 it commenced action against its former directors to recover roughly $15 million in payments made to them for “equity cancellation” and as bonuses. Look claimed ITCs on the legal fees in connection with the litigation. CRA denied the ITCs on the basis that the legal fees were not incurred “in the course of a commercial activity pursuant to subparagraph 141.1(3)(a) of the Excise Tax Act” ( the “Act”). The point came before the Tax Court on an application under Rule 58 of the Tax Court of Canada (General Procedure) Rules.
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