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  1. So I don't work in a law firm, but everything I do is pretty directly transferable to firm work in my area. I work in tax law, specifically sales tax. I had been interested in tax law from my first day of law school because, among other things, I had read on this very forum how weird it and opaque it can be and I was like: Dat me. So I went through law school, took every tax course I could, loved every single one of them, failed to get a 2L job, eventually got an articling position at a tax litigation boutique, and then hopped over to an accounting firm to do planning/advisory work.
  2. Strongly agree. Third year was my favourite year! I took so many fun courses: corporate tax, secured transactions, sale.. of.. Oh, I'm just boring.
  3. Sales tax work is chugging along - but I assume that is because about nine people do it. Mind I'm not in a law firm anymore, so my experience is probably not standard.
  4. And if not, we have significantly bigger problems! So it's win-win.
  5. I knew I was drawn to this thread for a reason.. someone mentioned the Dark Place (Jk I like Moncton, but I'm a boring white guy so)
  6. So my job is Lawyer Adjacent, and I jumped out literally the first moment I could (first year call). I work as a Sales Tax specialist at a large accounting firm. I can't remember the last time I worked more than 40 hours in a week (lol jk yes I can, it was while articling), and nothing about what I do now is really any different from what any other Sales Tax person would be doing.
  7. Hey, so I was actually in a very similar boat. Let me explain: I have a background in psychology. I applied to law school and, by complete accident, ended up becoming very interested in tax. I made it clear in every interview I had I wanted to do tax, and I can tell you people were turned off by that idea (minus the tax practitioners) because I didn't have a background that would make my transition "smooth." I persisted. I took on a research gig with my tax professor, took every tax course I could, and I actually ended up articling at a tax litigation boutique. I was told after my interview that the reason they wanted me was because I was clearly passionate about tax, and that's the most important factor to them. You have to want to do it. I didn't end up staying at that firm (for a number of reasons - you can probably suss it out from my post history), but I stayed in tax. I now do GST/HST planning/advising (and some light objection work) for an accounting firm, and couldn't be happier. If you'd like to chat about this more, please PM me. Always happy to chat with tax people edit: I should note I was a bog standard average as hell student, with Bs and a few B+'s (and one C - goddamn admin law) so it wasn't like my application package was extraordinary. I'm just a tax nerd.
  8. Oh my apologies, the FCA version is the right one. Regardless, having both is useful.
  9. While I work (pretty much exclusively) in GST/HST, I am not working for you, merely providing information and opining on some tax matters. You should take a look at the Merchant Law Group gst/hst case on the TCC's website, which goes over some of the questions around agency and GST/HST in the context of lawyers. The CRA, generally, does a good job of taking these areas of law and creating digestible content from them, but likely not in the depth that a lawyer may find sufficient. Happy to chat about it a bit more if you would like, but obviously a bit uncomfortable doing so in an open forum haha.
  10. It doesn't help that I didn't clarify the difference between my gross and my net 😥
  11. Exactly. For example, while rent where I live is relatively high, I don't need a car. No car payments. No gas. No parking. No insurance. That's literally hundreds of dollars per month saved. Enough that, if I ever need a car, I could justify a rental, or a car share.
  12. Or lived in New Brunswick 🙃 (I have peers who gross $36k per year in places like Miramichi)
  13. So my salary is roughly $66,000 which in Halifax dollars ends up being around 4k per month. East Coast salaries are bad. Sadly, I'm earning more than most of my peers at my level (1st year call). Edit: I realize that I wasn't clear: the guy's take home was $4k! Not like, gross income.
  14. So I was in a meeting with a partner at the accounting firm I'm now working for. He's an audit guy, I think he's an equity partner as well. We're talking about a client on a director's liability matter. We're looking through the budget that the client provided, which shows a $1,500 per month deficit between income and expenses. The guy is completely screwed. So, in passing, we discuss what could be cut, what was necessary, etc. Finally, the partner looks at me and says "his income is only $4,000 per month.. no one could live in Halifax at $4,000 per month!" I did not tell him I make less than that (after very modest RRSP contributions) and live incredibly comfortably.
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