Mike Harris

  • Associate at McLennan Ross LLP
  • 600 McLennan Ross Building, 12220 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5N 3Y4
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Mike’s practice is focused on corporate tax planning and reorganization, and he works closely with clients and other lawyers to provide advice and solutions to minimize tax in every transaction, including international tax planning. Mike also practices in the areas of tax litigation, compliance, and dispute resolution.


•Assists organizations with employment benefit issues and salary deferral arrangements.
•Preparation of share ownership plans, including phantom RSU/PSU/DSU plans, and Canadianizing share plans for US entities wishing to provide plans to Canadian employees.
•Assists with corporate reorganizations, including share and asset rollovers, butterfly transactions among related parties, stock dividends, share redemptions, debt assignments/assumptions and debt-to-equity conversions.
•Reviewing eligibility of shares for capital gains deduction.
•Assists clients and accountants with subsection 55(2) and intercorporate dividend issues.
•Prepares section 56.4 elections for restrictive covenants in commercial transactions.
•Implements long form and short form amalgamations and winding ups.
•Provides advice with respect to post-mortem planning, including pipeline planning and the impact of corporate buy-outs due to unanimous shareholder agreements.
•Provides advice on tax matters in family trusts, including attribution issues.
•Increases and reductions to paid-up capital, eligible and capital dividends, including excess eligible dividend and excess capital dividend elections.
•Provides international advice on Canada-US outbound and inbound investment.
•Provides advice with respect to changes to the small business deduction and issues with existing planning to multiply the small business deduction.
•Assists organizations with qualifying as a cooperative corporation for income tax purposes.
•Represents clients on RRSP/RRIF/TFSA issues, including opinions as to whether shares of a private corporation are eligible for contribution to a registered plan, as well as issues with over-contributions to registered plans and prohibited investments.
•Represents clients with respect to Canada Revenue Agency collection issues.
•Provides general anti-avoidance rule opinions.
•Assists clients with the audit process, income tax objections and appeals.
•Assists clients with GST issues including on the sale of real property and applicability to amounts paid as settlements.
•Provided advice and direction in respect of the sale of 75% of the equity in a car dealership, together with the sale of the land and building on which the dealership operated. Prior to completing the sale, a significant reorganization of the company was done to realize tax savings upon the conclusion of the transactions.

Presentations & Publications


• Small Business Deduction Planning, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2017
• Transaction Planning to the Supreme Court of Canada (and Everything In-Between): How to Prepare for and Manage Tax Disputes, Alberta Tax Litigation Seminar, 2011
• Remission Order - An Update, The Canadian Bar Association Taxation Section, 2011


• “New Trust Reporting Requirements - Big Implications?” MaryAnne Loney and Mike Harris, McLennan Ross Wills & Estates Blog, 2018
• Budget 2018 - Legislation Affecting Private Corporations - The Passive Investment Income Measures MaryAnne Loney and Mike Harris, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2018
• Five Tax Action Items for 2018 MaryAnne Loney and Mike Harris, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2018
• Finance Releases Updated Legislation to Limit Income Splitting MaryAnne Loney and Mike Harris, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Update on July 18th Proposed Tax Changes Affecting Private Corporations MaryAnne Loney and Mike Harris, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• ‘ Weeding’ Through Alberta’s Cannabis Framework Dave Foster and Mike Harris, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Changes to the Small Business Deduction: What Small Business Owners Need to Know, McLennan Ross Legal Counsel Newsletter, 2017
• Proposed Changes to Income Splitting Rules Will Affect Small Business Owners and Professionals, McLennan Ross E-Mail Alert, 2017
• Small Business Deduction Planning, Prairie Provinces Tax Conference, 2017
• He Who Wants a Rose Must Respect the (Cop)Thorn(e), Tax Topics, 2012
• Remission Orders and the Exercise of Discretion, Tax Topics, 2011

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Tax
  • Corporate Commercial Securities

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780.482.9134  Phone
University Attended:
University of Alberta, B.Sc.
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, LL.B.
Year of First Admission:
2011, Alberta

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

•Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association - Taxation Section
•Former Secretary, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

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    Edmonton, Alberta

    • Edmonton, AB
      600 McLennan Ross Building , 12220 Stony Plain Road
      Edmonton, AB T5N 3Y4

      780.482.9134 Phone

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