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Tax Policy and Wage Compensation Conference

May 1 @ 9:00 am - May 2 @ 3:00 pm

$470 – $495

Day One: Tax Policy

If you are having difficulty keeping up with the latest changes in Michigan taxes or trying to figure out whether recent cases have any effect on your tax planning, look no further. This day will review the pertinent legislative and judicial changes in business taxes to let you know how your organization will be affected. Current audit trends and tips for future planning and filing will also be revealed.


Corporate Income Tax
  • Federal Tax Conformity
  • New Legislation
  • Recent Court Decisions
  • New Guidance
  • Audit Trends

Tax Issues for Flow-Through Entities

  • Federal Tax Conformity
  • What Income is Apportioned
  • Apportionment of Business Income
  • Taxation of Sale of Business Interests and Assets
  • Using Unitary Business Groups to Lower Taxes
  • Audit Trends
Sales and Use Taxes
  • Economic Presence Nexus
  • Issues with Exemptions
  • Documentation
  • Audits – Block Versus Statistical Sampling
  • Case Developments
Property Taxes
  • Real Property Issues
  • EMPP and ESA
  • Legislation
  • New Cases
City Income Tax
  • State Administration of City Income Tax
  • Withholding by Employers
  • Common Errors
  • Appeals Process
  • Audit Trends and Court Cases

Tax Administration

  • New Tax Administrators
  • Impact of the New Settlement Policy
  • Statute of Limitations
  • Tips for Interacting with the Department of Treasury
  • Tax Planning Updates

Expert Presenters: 

June Summers Haas is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Lansing where she specializes in advising clients on a nationwide basis on multistate tax strategies, resolving tax disputes and litigating state tax cases. Prior to joining Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, she was Michigan’s Commissioner of Revenue for three years where she administered 23 taxes, managed an 800-person tax revenue operation and advised the Governor and Treasurer on tax policy. She also served for three years as Director of the Multistate Tax Commission’s National Nexus Program.

Daniel Stanley is a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where he is a state tax litigation specialist and also assists clients with audits from commencement to resolution. He provides state tax law representation to many Fortune 500 companies in Michigan and throughout the company. His practice spans all Michigan taxes including Michigan Corporate Income Tax, Michigan Business Tax, Single Business Tax, sales and use taxes, property tax appeals, motor fuel and highway trust fund taxes (federal and state), unemployment taxes, officer liability matters, and voluntary disclosure agreements.

Lynn A. Gandhi is a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where she advises clients nationwide on multistate tax strategies, litigating state tax cases, and assisting with audits from commencement to resolution.  Her practice also includes unclaimed property and incentive assistance, due diligence support and risk review. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a registered lobbyist in the State of Michigan. She is the immediate past Chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Chair of the Michigan Chamber Tax Policy Committee. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Wayne State University Law School. She co-authored the Michigan Business Tax BNA Portfolio and regularly contributes to various tax publications.


Day Two: Wage Compliance

There are a number of state and federal laws and taxes that pertain to wage payment practices for Michigan employers that you need to comply with. This day will review the pertinent tax and garnishment laws and regulations regarding paying employees and ensuring unemployment claims are covered. Don’t miss this opportunity to reduce your risk and liability!


Wage and Overtime

  • Common Overtime Issues including Rounding and Automatic Deductions
  • Record Keeping – Time Worked and Not Worked
  • Anti-Trust Complications Related to Obtaining Wage and Benefit Survey Information

Wage Garnishment and Withholding

  • Garnishments, IRS levies, and other Involuntary Wage Deductions
  • Unique Withholding Situations: Backup Withholding, Additional Taxes, International Individuals

Payroll Taxes

  • Payroll Deductions and Overpayment Corrections
  • Payroll tax returns, Record keeping, and Reporting Requirements

Unemployment Compensation

  • Fluctuating Unemployment Tax Rates During Your Budget Year
    • What to Look for and How to Prepare
    • Taxable Wage Base Reduction – Steps to Ensure Lowest Taxable Wage Base
  • Verifying Your Tax Rates
    • Changes in Unemployment System that Impact your Ability to Verify your Tax Rate
    • Unexpected Assessments and Penalties – How to Contest Them
  • Voluntary Pre-Payments of Unemployment Tax – Determining if Financially worthwhile

Expert Presenters: 

Maureen Rouse-Ayoub is a member of Varnum LLP’s Labor and Employment Group. Her practice focuses exclusively on working with management to find solutions to complex issues in the workplace.  Ms. Rouse-Ayoub has extensive experience representing employees in state and federal court and before administrative agencies including the EEOC, MDCR, NLRB, MIOSHA, and the Unemployment Commission.  She works with employers representing many different industries including health care, automotive, manufacturing, energy and logistics.

Erin M. Haney, JD, CPA, is a member of Varnum’s Tax Practice Group. As a former Senior Auditor for the Michigan Department of Treasury, she is experienced in Michigan tax compliance and controversy matters. Erin is also a Certified Public Accountant, and she worked as a tax consultant for a major accounting firm prior to pursuing a career in law. During law school she served as a research assistant reviewing updates for the Guidebook to Michigan Taxes and completed an internship with the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Brian Gmerick of F.A.R. Management has been presenting for the Michigan Chamber for over ten years and receives excellent reviews based on presentation content, style, pace, knowledge, and experience. F.A.R. Management was formed in 1987 to provide unemployment expertise to the employer community; they provide administrative, consulting and educational services to employers concerning unemployment activity and related costs. Because unemployment is all they do, they bring unparalleled expertise to this very costly area.



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