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Lesley A. Tela

Associate Partner | KPMG Canada - Indirect Tax

Lesley has over 18 years of experience in the complex issues surrounding Canada's indirect taxes. During Lesley's 7 years with the CRA she was heavily involved in GST tax rulings, interpretations and was often sought out to advise GST auditors and client representatives on technical issues with respect to GST.

Currently, Lesley is responsible for the management of KPMG's North York office Indirect Tax practice. In this capacity Lesley leads a team of indirect tax advisory personnel that are responsible for providing advice regarding the application of GST/HST and PST to clients in a wide variety of industries with emphasis in the following areas: Manufacturing, Communications & Entertainment Sector, Information Technology Industry, Corporate Reorganizations and Non-residents. In addition to her lead responsibilities Lesley is often sought after to act as a liaison between KPMG clients and taxing authorities. She has proven to be very successful in completing voluntary disclosures, preparing ruling requests, disputing potential and formal assessments, preparing notices of objections and appeals to tax assessments. Lesley has also developed a strong reputation for counseling her clients on proactive planning issues with an aim to mitigating risk, reducing exposures and managing compliance issues related to indirect tax within their operating jurisdictions.

Lesley has been a contributing author to a number of Indirect Tax publications, including the CCH Goods and Services Tax Reporter and the CICAs In-Depth PST Course and has written a paper and presented numerous times at the at the CICA’s Annual Commodity Tax Symposium.