A leading indirect tax expert with immense industry knowledge and a business-focused approach
Randy Schwartz is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s National Tax Group and is based in the Firm’s Toronto office. Over the past several decades, Randy has built a reputation as a leading indirect tax advisor who seamlessly solves clients’ most complex challenges.
Widely recognized for his strong technical expertise and industry knowledge, Randy advises clients on goods and services/harmonized sales tax, provincial sales taxes, value-added taxes, sales and use taxes, as well as excise taxes and duties. As the legislative framework governing the indirect tax landscape in Canada continues to evolve, Randy leverages his deeply engrained knowledge of this space to help clients identify and capitalize on business opportunities and avoid costly pitfalls. Randy is also at the forefront of the evolving changes to indirect taxes to address the digital economy, drawing on his experience to help clients strategize and stay ahead of the regulatory changes that impact their business. Clients rely on Randy as a trusted business advisor and they appreciate his thorough understanding of the industries in which they operate. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions in the energy, automotive, manufacturing, telecommunication and information technology industries. Randy is also recognized as a problem solver and advocate that clients can depend on to navigate disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial tax authorities.
Highly sought after for his ability to develop innovative, tax-efficient structures, he is consistently recognized by various industry publications, including the International Tax Review Indirect Tax Leaders guide and is a recommended lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Randy is also a member of the GST Leaders’ Forum.
Randy is fully immersed in the indirect tax landscape, frequently writing and presenting on indirect tax matters for various organizations, including the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Tax Executives Institute, and Council on State Taxation. Randy is a Past Chair of the National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and he has previously participated on the boards of a number of industry and practitioner organizations in the indirect tax area.
Randy obtained his LL.B. at the University of Toronto in 1989 and he is called to the Bar in Ontario (1991). He earned a BBA with High Distinction from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 1986.