The company, JTI-Macdonald, said it could face bankruptcy as a result of the tax claim, which was lodged last week.
It is seeking protection under Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in a move aimed at protecting 500 jobs.
The Quebec government is demanding the back taxes on profits made in the 1990s, which it claims were generated from contraband trade.
A preliminary hearing is due to take place next April in Ontario, the BBC Online reported.
JTI sells well know brands like Camel, Salem and Winston.
Just Racing Services, operating company of the Manor Racing Formula One team has entered administration
Last year 16 oil and gas companies became insolvent, finds Top Ten firm Moore Stephens
Team Rock the publication of classic rock is in administration with FRP Advisory
Lifestyle Living UK is being marketed for sale by FRP Advisory administrators