Hugh Neilson FCPA, FCA, TEP


Hugh is a member of the Video Tax News Editorial Board. He also practices as an independent contractor to Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP in Edmonton. His practice focuses on income tax services for individuals and owner-managed private corporations.

Hugh was awarded the Alberta gold medal and National silver medal when he wrote the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Uniform Final Examination in 1990, and has practiced in the area of taxation since. He provides tax consultation in many diverse areas, including business structuring and restructuring, negotiations with Canada Revenue Agency auditors and Appeals Officers, tax-effective compensation strategies, immigration and emigration planning and strategies for tax-effective personal, family and estate planning. 

In 2014, Hugh was the recipient of CPA Canada’s Award for Excellence in Income Tax.

Hugh received the honour of being invited to join the Joint Committee on Taxation of CPA Canada and the Canadian Bar Association in 2016.  He has participated as an active member in their governmental submissions since. Hugh is also member of CPA Alberta’s Members in Tax Working Group and CPA Canada’s Income Tax Education Committee and Small and Medium Practitioners Tax Committee, and a Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Since April, 2013, he has served as a Director, and the Treasurer, of the Centre for Public Legal Education of Alberta.

Hugh has instructed courses for CPA Alberta and CPA Saskatchewan, and has presented at the CPA Canada National Conference on Income Tax, the Banff Small Practitioners Forum and CA Forum North, both sponsored by CPA Alberta, and the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Prairie Provinces Tax Conference.

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