The Taxation Section, as a representative of the legal profession, shall serve its members and the public through education and leadership in efforts to achieve an equitable, efficient, and workable tax system.

Annual Tax Conference Cancelled

Dear Section Members:

We regret to inform you that we will be cancelling the Taxation Section’s 33rd Annual Tax Conference, which was scheduled to be held May 21, 2020, on account of COVID-19-related considerations. The Tax Conference has long-been the marquee event for the Section and has brought together tax practitioners from across the State of Michigan for a day of learning and networking. I would like to recognize in particular Council Members Brian Gallagher (the 2020 Conference Chair) and Rebecca Pugliesi (the 2021 Conference Chair) for the many hours they spent organizing the Conference. I can state with confidence that it would have been great due to their efforts. I would also like to thank Jeff Kirkey and his colleagues at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education for their assistance – they are instrumental in making our conference a success. Finally, I’d like to thank our scheduled speakers, who will have to find another outlet for the informative presentations that they had put together.

The Section will continue to provide services to our members, albeit in different formats. We will be updating the Section’s website to provide links to COVID-19-related tax information, so check the website for updates and be sure to join us for our webinars addressing tax and other aspects of  COVID-19 legislation. And if you haven’t joined already, please visit our social media sites on LinkedIn and Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you in May 2021!

Letter to Governor Whitmer Regarding State Income Tax Deadlines

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, The Taxation Section wrote a formal letter to the Office of Governor Whitmer requesting the extension of due dates for filing state income tax returns and payment of state income taxes with respect to the 2019 and 2020 taxable years, as applicable. Read the full letter PDF

NOTICE: Bottled Water Rule—May 2020

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Welcome From the Taxation Section Chair

Dear Members of the Taxation Section:

It is my honor to serve as the Chair of the Section for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. I am looking forward to working with the Section’s Council and Committees to build upon the solid foundation laid by my predecessors.

This year, members will see a continuation of our historically successful offerings, such as the Annual Tax Conference scheduled for May 21, 2020, committee educational meetings, pro bono referral and grant programs, and Tax Court Luncheons. We will also continue more recently developed initiatives, including the Fundamentals of Taxation program and the Law Student Writing Challenge. And, in an effort to maintain the Section’s momentum, we will be developing new programs. One of my primary goals for the Section this year is to draft comments on a federal income tax matter for submission to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Council members and other Section members have already been hard at work thinking of potential topics. We plan to have this new program up and running before the end of 2019 and completed before the end of the fiscal year. This will expand the Section’s role in addressing public policy matters of importance to our members.

We are also focused on increasing Section membership. The Taxation Section maintains its vitality by growing membership and attracting practitioners with different types of tax practices. The diverse experiences of our members are shared through our many Section events, which I encourage all members to attend. Many of these events are hosted by our Committees. Our Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs devote a significant amount of time and effort to identifying useful subject matter, interesting and accomplished speakers, and accessible locations for the presentations. These Committee presentations will once again be provided in our traditional format of regularly scheduled events, but also in a “Brown Bag” format. The Brown Bag gatherings will provide a less formal forum for members to discuss matters of current interest. These gatherings will be scheduled intermittently as “pop-up”-type events. The Section is committed to educational programming for and by our members, and Committee Chairs can provide speaking opportunities for those who are interested in giving back to the Section. Members interested in participating in Committee events, whether as a speaker or as an attendee, should contact the relevant Committee Chair:

Federal Income Tax: Allison Stelter
Estates & Trusts: Nicholas Papasifakis
State & Local Tax: Andrea Crumback
Employee Benefits: Lena Gionnette
Young Tax Lawyers: Joshua Lowenthal

Our website contains useful information for Section members and we also can be found on LinkedIn and Facebook. Please look for us there! I look forward to another great year for the Section and hope to meet many of you at our events.

James H. Combs, Taxation Section Chair​

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