Précis: The amounts at issue in this appeal were large:
 Akanda was reassessed to deny scientific research and experimental development expenditures in excess of $6 million and related investment tax credits in excess of $1.5 million collectively for its 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 taxation years.
After a rather convoluted history the appeals were dismissed by the Tax Court for failure to appear at a status hearing. The taxpayer retained new counsel who moved for an extension of time to bring an application to set aside the default judgments as well as moving to set aside the default judgements. The Tax Court denied the motion for an extension of time on the dual bases that the respondent would be prejudiced and that there was no reasonable explanation of the delay in bringing the application. The Court of Appeal found that there was no evidence of prejudice to the respondent and that the interests of justice favoured granting the extension of time. The matter was referred back to the Tax Court for a determination whether the default judgments should be set aside. Upon agreement of the parties Akanda was ordered to pay $5,000 in costs to the Crown.
Akanda Innovation Inc. v. R. – FCA: Interests of justice favoured extending time to apply to set aside default Judgments – decision of Tax Court set asideREAD MORE »