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.

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: Tax Policy Guidelines—March 2021

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Welcome From the Taxation Section Chair

Dear Members of the Taxation Section:

            I am honored to serve as the Chairperson of the Tax Section of the State Bar of Michigan for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The Tax Section has a strong reputation and tradition as a leading provider of tax related educational content, networking and of service to the community with a focus on the fair, orderly and equitable administration of our tax laws. Although the Tax Section has maintained its core tax focus, the COVID-era has been challenging as the Tax Section has re-evaluated its programs and adjusted to a more virtual environment. The Tax Section will continue to offer both in person and virtual events this year.

            I would like to thank Andrew W. MacLeod, our prior chair, for his service and leadership of the Tax Section and just plain old perseverance in these challenging times. Thanks to Andrew’s efforts, the Tax Section has maintained its high standard of tax related programs and educational content for our membership and the Tax Section’s stewardship of low income tax clinics in our communities via its grant program.

            One of the historical challenges of the Tax Section has been fostering the involvement and active engagement of members of the Tax Section that may not reside in one of our major metropolitan areas.  With the transition to a more virtual environmental, it is now possible to reside anywhere in Michigan (or in the world), and be an active participant in the Tax Section and its committee activities.  As a result, I would encourage each of our members to get involved in the Tax Section and in one or more of its committees.  For me, the Tax Section and committee participation has been an invaluable tax technical and networking resource, and, more importantly, a source of friendships and friends that share my enthusiasm for all things tax.

            To that end, I am pleased to introduce our committee chairs (all volunteers and gracious donors of their time), that will be organizing committee events for the Tax Section during the upcoming fiscal year:

  • Employee Benefits - Samantha Kopacz
  • Estate and Trusts - Buzz Leach
  • Federal Income Tax - Cody Attisha
  • State and Local Tax - Josh Beard
  • Young Tax Lawyers - Sam Parks

            Please feel free to reach out to our committee chairs if you would like information on upcoming committee events, have an idea for an event or simply would like to join a committee or get more involved.  There are no pre-requisites for committee involvement, no minimum time commitment, and the committee chairs welcome the participation of all members of the Tax Section.

            In addition to committee events, the Tax Section also publishes the Michigan Tax Lawyer, and we are always seeking and welcome tax related articles and content for the publication. I would encourage you to consider writing an article for the Michigan Tax Lawyer, which provides invaluable experience and significant exposure to the Michigan tax community.  Eric Gregory is the editor of the Michigan Tax Lawyer for the upcoming year, and would be happy to discuss the opportunity to write an article with you.

            It is a privilege to serve the Tax Section and I look forward to a great year. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, for the Tax Section, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Michael P. Monaghan, Taxation Section Chair

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