National Avoidance Technical Advisor / Regional Avoidance Technical Advisor / Regional International Technical Advisor
CPB Staffing Process
Ottawa, CA
6d ago

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About the job

AMENDMENT : asset staffing requirements and closing date. Candidates who have previously submitted an application for this process do not need to reapply.

The primary role of a National / Regional Avoidance Technical Advisor is to provide technical advice and support to auditors in Tax Services Offices (TSO) on the application of the Income Tax Act (ITA) to diverse and complex abusive tax avoidance / aggressive tax planning issues, including the application of the General Anti-avoidance Rule (GAAR).

You will be part of a dynamic and challenging environment which provides direction and support to improve tax compliance by combatting abusive tax avoidance across all taxpayer types and segments in a variety of compliance programs, including large business integrated teams, related party initiative teams, and aggressive tax planning audit teams, etc.

Working closely with a variety of internal clients and also stakeholders in other branches and departments, you will assist in the identification of abusive schemes, contribute to proactive risk assessment of issues, develop and propose administrative and legal measures to counteract their proliferation, provide specialized training, and help to protect the government’s position on appeal to court.

The experience you will gain is both highly sought after and rewarding.

The primary role of a Regional International Tax Advisor (RITA) is to provide technical advice and support to auditors in the TSO on complex international transactions in the context of Canadian Law and its implications in a global context.

You will be part of a dynamic and challenging environment and be responsible, based on your knowledge of jurisprudence, domestic and international tax laws and policies, for identifying and providing recommendations on the appropriate tax treatment of complex international transactions, including proposed assessing and transfer pricing penalty positions.

In doing so, you will work with Large Business Integrated Audit Teams, Dedicated Specialty Teams, as well as other TSO audit program areas.

You will participate in the audit risk-assessment process.

You will also participate in the design, development, coordination and delivery of international technical training to TSO auditors.

When needed, you will help coordinate and assist in the implementation of workload development processes to identify emerging trends and make recommendations for legislative and / or policy amendments.

Language requirements of position(s) to be staffed :

English essential, Bilingual imperative BBB / BBB, Bilingual imperative CBC / CBC

The pool established from this staffing process may be used to staff similar positions.

To view the complete work description click here : AU0112. If you cannot access the link, you may contact the email listed at the bottom of the notice to obtain a copy of the work description.

Who can apply

Persons living in Canada and Canadian citizens living abroad

AND eligible veterans and Canadian Forces members

Please note that this process will be used to staff the Regional Avoidance Technical Advisor (RATA) and Regional International Tax Advisor (RITA) positions physically located in each of CRA’s regions : Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and Western.

This process will also be used to staff National Avoidance Technical Advisor (NATA) positions in Ottawa, Ontario.

If you are a candidate from the general public, you will have to pay for any expenses related to your participation in this staffing process, as well as any relocation costs if you receive an offer of employment from this process.

Qualified members and former members of the Canadian Forces who receive an offer of employment are not entitled to relocation costs from the CRA.

They may, however, be entitled to a final relocation from the Department of National Defence.

Essential staffing requirements

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements.


The CRA’s minimum education standard for the AU-Auditing Group :

  • The eligibility for a designation from a recognized professional accounting association
  • A degree from a recognized postsecondary institution with acceptable specialization in accounting*
  • A law degree from a recognized postsecondary institution
  • Acceptable specialization in accounting
  • For the purpose of the minimum AU education standard, an acceptable specialization in accounting must include the following mandatory study area and two of four optional study areas :

    Mandatory study area

    CPA Advanced Financial Reporting or FA4 or Advanced Financial Accounting or Advanced Accounting

    Two of four optional study areas

  • CPA Audit and Assurance or AU1 or Auditing or Internal Auditing or Internal Control
  • CPA Introductory Management Accounting or MA1 or Cost Accounting or Management Accounting 1 and 2
  • CPA Intermediate Management Accounting or MA2 or Management Accounting or Management Accounting 4 or Advanced Management Accounting
  • CPA Information Technology or MS1 or Accounting Information Systems or Information and Computer Systems or Management Information Systems
  • Some of the courses listed above may require a combination of courses to be considered equivalent depending on the recognized postsecondary institution.

    The courses required for the acceptable specialization may or may not be part of a degree program, but must be from a recognized postsecondary institution or a recognized professional accounting association.

    The acceptability of courses is determined by comparing the courses from the postsecondary institution taken by a candidate to the courses on the transfer credits or prerequisite studies lists issued by the CPA or one of the previously recognized professional accounting associations.

    The courses must be compared to the closest academic year during which the courses were taken. The terminology may vary depending on the program, recognized postsecondary institutions or recognized professional accounting associations.

    When academic qualifications are unclear or where a course does not appear in any of the transfer credits or prerequisite lists, the candidate is responsible to have their studies in question assessed for equivalency.

    A law degree

    For the purpose of the minimum AU education standard, a law degree is an LL.B., BCL, LL.L, or J.D., which meets the postsecondary educational requirements for an application for admission to membership in a law society of a province or territory of Canada, or the Order of Notaries of the Province of Quebec.

    You must upload your education credentials in the education section of your candidate profile and submit all required documents by the closing date and time of this poster.

    Failure to do so can result in your application not being considered further .


  • Experience at a senior level* in providing advice on, or direction in resolving, highly complex domestic or cross-border abusive tax planning transactions, issues and strategies, including interpreting, applying specific anti-avoidance rules (SAARs) and / or the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR), relating to the Income Tax Act.
  • Experience at a senior level* in the interpretation and application of the provisions of the Income Tax Act, regulations and related statutes and / or laws to highly complex transactions and tax planning strategies.
  • Experience at a senior level* in the interpretation and application of the provisions of the federal and provincial legislation applying to financial institutions, securities and financial instruments (e.
  • g. insurance products), regulations, guidelines and related statutes.

  • Experience at a senior level* in providing advice on, or direction in resolving, the tax treatment of highly complex international tax issues, including interpreting and applying specific Income Tax Act provisions and related policies dealing with both inbound and outbound international transactions.
  • Note : The above-noted experience factors may be combined for a total of 7 years or more.

  • Experience at a senior level :
  • is normally associated with the performance of these functions as part of the major job duties accomplished for a period of not less than seven (7) cumulative years within the last ten (10) years, including;
  • interpreting and application of the provisions of the ITA, regulations and related statutes and / or laws by providing technical tax advice;
  • and providing commentary or opinions for clients / taxpayers which involve the development and implementation of tax minimization strategies;
  • and carrying out audits or resolving objections and / or appeals of multinational enterprises and / or complex tax issues;
  • and representing clients in the interaction and communication with CRA or before the courts on issues of tax controversy and compliance;
  • or managing a tax department or leading a team of tax auditors; and for Federal Public Service employees, this experience is normally at the AU-04 group and level or higher.

    Highly complex is generally defined as issues that are high risk issues, and / or require detailed analysis of the relevant foreign and domestic tax laws, jurisprudence and policies.

    IMPORTANT Mandatory document to provide

    As part of the online application via the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) careers portal, applicants must also submit :

  • A current resume. It must include position titles; duration of each position held, and names of organizations / employers summarizing the duties performed for each assignment within the last 10 years (and for CRA applicants, indicate branch and / or regional office of employment and group and level of positions).
  • Include two (2) most recent references who can describe and validate your work experience.

    Asset staffing requirements

    We may usethe following asset staffing requirements to screen applications. Make sure to clearly demonstrate how you meet them on your application.

  • CPA designation
  • Masters in Tax (MTax)
  • Masters in Law (LLM)
  • Essential

    The essential staffing requirements indicated below will be assessed during the process and may be used to identify candidates for positions.

  • Performance validation
  • Second Language Evaluation (for bilingual positions)
  • Asset

    Asset staffing requirements may also be assessed during the staffing process and may be used to identify candidates for positions.

    You will be notified in advance of any additional asset requirements to be evaluated.

  • Specific experience relevant to the position being staffed
  • Qualifications
  • Additional education or training
  • Budgetary considerations
  • Duration of appointment
  • Start date
  • Minimize business disruption
  • Employment Equity
  • Conditions of employment

  • Security : Reliability Status or Secret
  • Willingness to work overtime
  • Willingness to travel
  • Some positions may require candidates to physically work in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Some positions may require candidates to physically work in the CRA’s regions : Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and Western
  • Some positions may be open to virtual reporting
  • Want to know more?

    We encourage you to read Important information on staffing at the CRA to find out more about staffing processes and how to apply.

    The CRA is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. To find out more, consult Employment equity, diversity and inclusion at the CRA.

    We encourage you to complete the Employment Equity (EE) Staffing questionnaire as part of your application. Your questionnaire response will be retained on file for the duration of the staffing process.

    If you wish to be considered for staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process, you must complete the above mentioned questionnaire.

    If you do not complete the questionnaire, you will not be considered for any staffing actions using the EE staffing requirement in this process.

    If you decide to modify your response or fill out this questionnaire at a later date, please notify the contact listed at the bottom of this notice of job opportunity.

    CRA employees support the economic and social well-being of Canadians, and build public trust. We have high expectations, and our employees are held to the standards of conduct outlined in our Code of integrity and professional conduct and Directive on conflict of interest, gifts and hospitality, and post-employment.

    Information regarding the status of your application will be communicated via the candidate profile on the CRA Careers site.

    We strongly encourage you to verify the email address attached to your profile and to check your messages regularly for any updates.

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