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.
UK private investor Endless LLP acquires the high street retailer, saving 840 jobs
Three new partners and seven business restructuring advisers have been appointed to the new Preston office
Political and economic uncertainty behind the fall in confidence
Just Racing Services, operating company of the Manor Racing Formula One team has entered administration