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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oh my apologies, the FCA version is the right one. Regardless, having both is useful.
  5. 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.
  6. It doesn't help that I didn't clarify the difference between my gross and my net 😥
  7. 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.
  8. Or lived in New Brunswick 🙃 (I have peers who gross $36k per year in places like Miramichi)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I would absolutely lose my mind if I found out you are articling at my old firm, though I do believe I did learn substantive law. So I'm a first year call, I articled in tax. I asked this exact same question of people on this board about a month or two ago last year. My day-to-day was working on objections, writing articles, and assisting with files like audits and the like. Yes, it felt like accounting work, because accountants can literally do what I did. However I also got involved on legal opinions, judicial review applications, and, near the end, some tax court work. Besides basic procedural steps, I didn't find there to be a huge amount of difference between the tax court work and the CRA-level work. I was still, ultimately, trying to explain the law to someone, and fitting the facts to that law. The only difference was relative expertise. I currently work at an accounting firm, and my days are very similar, except now I do more planning and advising. Would be happy to chat more if you'd like.
  12. I agree with everything you've said in this post. One of my very dear friends went through an extraordinarily terrible articling experience. She was belittled, screamed at, and harassed by persons who ought to have known better, or did know better and felt that their position of power made them immune to criticism or retribution. That person was fired. That isn't an option in your case. It isn't fair to ask you to be the bigger person, to keep quiet and soldier on. It isn't. I don't know what other options you have, but I sincerely hope you make it through.
  13. Only if it is diamond or greater. Any other precious stone isn't worth your time.
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