Michael Cirone US Canada Tax Lawyer

Michael Cirone, Hon.B.A., J.D., LL.M. (NYU), Foreign Legal Consultant in Ontario (U.S. Law)

Email: michael.cirone@taxchambers.ca

Tel: 647-748-9797

Michael Cirone | Canada/U.S. Cross-border Tax and Estate Planning Lawyer

Michael Cirone has been a tax lawyer since 2001. He is a Canada/U.S. cross-border tax, trust and estate planning lawyer and is licensed to practice law in both Ontario and the U.S. Additionally, Michael is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario as a Foreign Legal Consultant to provide U.S. legal advice in Ontario, which is a requirement for all Ontario lawyers who provide advice on foreign law. Michael’s extensive knowledge and experience with tax, trust and estate planning law in both Canada and the U.S., enables him to provide his clients with seamless Canada/U.S. cross-border advice.

Michael’s practice focuses on tax, trust and estate planning for people and businesses crossing the Canada/U.S. border and the preparation of all of the legal documents required both in Canada and in the U.S., making his practice a one-stop shop for the cross-border client and eliminating the need to retain multiple lawyers on both sides of the border.

Before joining TaxChambers LLP, Michael was the partner in charge of another Toronto tax boutique law firm’s Canada/U.S. Cross-border Tax and Estate Planning Group. Before that, Michael practiced as a tax lawyer for a mid-sized full-service law firm in Toronto and as a tax lawyer for one of the Big Four Accounting firms in New York City.

Practice Areas

Below are some examples of the types of areas Michael frequently advises on and implements:

1) Purchase and sale of U.S. real estate by Canadians;
2) Canadian departure tax and US pre-immigration planning for Canadians moving to the U.S.;
3) Expansion of Canadian businesses to the U.S.;
4) Purchase of existing U.S. businesses by Canadians;
5) Expansion of U.S. businesses to Canada;
6) Investment in Canadian real estate by U.S. taxpayers;
7) Purchase of existing Canadian businesses by U.S. taxpayers;
8) Cross-border estate planning (including Wills and Powers of Attorney) for (a) Canadians married to Americans (living in Canada or in the U.S.), (b) Americans married to Americans but living in Canada, and (c) Canadian parents with U.S. citizen/U.S. resident children;
9) Cross-border Canada/U.S. reorganizations of entities (companies, partnerships, trusts) to effect more tax-efficient structures for the areas in (1)-(8) above;
10) Set up of Canadian and U.S. companies, partnerships and trusts;
11) Irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs) for U.S. citizens and U.S. residents to hold life insurance policies;
12) Cross-border tax planning for Canadians providing services in the U.S.; and
13) Cross-border tax planning for US residents providing services in Canada.


  • LL.M. (U.S. Tax), New York University School of Law, 2003
  • J.D. (Cum Laude), Syracuse University School of Law, 2001
  • Hon.B.A. (with Distinction Status), University of Toronto, 1996
  • CICA (now CPA Canada) In-depth Tax Course Parts I & II, 2005-2007


  • Foreign Legal Consultant Permit granted by the Law Society of Ontario to provide U.S. legal advice in Ontario


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • American Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario
  • New Jersey