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Tax Law Section Annual Report | 2018 - 2019

Section Membership
As of June 17. 2019, the Section has 394 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $16,571.24 as of April 30, 2019.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 9 events in fiscal year 2018-19. 

Program Title

Date

Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

MSBA Tax Law Section and MNCPA – A Night at the Ballpark

8/9/18

-

-

10

Careers in Tax Law

9/20/18

262781

1.00

26

WE CAN DO THIS! What to Expect for 2018 Minnesota Income Tax Returns

10/18/18

263809

1.00

40

Millennial Lawyer 101 – How to Educate, Train and Collaborate with our New Colleagues

11/15/18

265184

1.00

14

Real Property Valuation – Tax and Condemnation Appeals

2/7/19

267964

1.00

56

Overview of the Governor’s Tax Bill

3/20/19

269784

1.00

59

Oh, You’re a Tax Lawyer… Then, You Can Answer This?

4/18/19

271207

1.00

29

Accommodations for Law Students with Disabilities – From Law School to Practice

5/16/19

272994

1.00 EOB

23

Tax Law Judges Conference

6/5/19

273036

3.00

77

 Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 5, 2019 and 16 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020:

Caroline Balfour
Gina DeConcini
Andrew Howard
Ken Levinson
Lynn Linné
Katina Peterson
Angela Rollins
Ben Wagner
Masha Yevzelman
Karen Peterson, law student representative

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2019 to 6/30/2020:

Miriam Sahouani, Chair
Alex Korzhen, Vice Chair
Kathleen Splett, Treasurer
Leif Mattila, Secretary

Diversity and Inclusion
The Tax Section formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee lead by Kathleen Splett, Masha Yevzelman and Miriam Sahouani.  The committee met on several occasions throughout the year and Kathleen Splett attended some diversity and inclusion programming put on by the MSBA in order to analyze different ways to increase diversity within the Tax Section.  The diversity and inclusion committee recommended several initiatives that were adopted by the Tax Section, including hosting a CLE regarding accommodations for law students with disabilities and inviting Athena Hollins to speak regarding diversity and inclusion at our the Section’s Annual Judges Conference.  The Section is also looking into the possibility of hosting a mentorship program.  The Section looks forward to continue its diversity and inclusion efforts next year.

Other Section Accomplishments
The Tax Section had a very productive year.  In addition to its diversity and inclusion efforts (mentioned above), the tax section accomplished the following:

  • The Section hosted 9 CLEs and co-sponsored a very successful Tax Institute (approximately 220 attendees);
  • The Section’s pro bono committee successfully implemented its pro bono project, which is a program by which the Minnesota Tax Court can refer pro se litigants to the Tax Section for assistance;
  • The section worked closely with student liaisons at Mitchell Hamline and the University of Minnesota to generate interest in the MSBA and Tax section among future and new lawyers; and;
  • The Tax Section also had a very good legislative year.The legislature adopted two statutory amendments proposed by the tax section related to spousal relief for taxpayers who receive federal relief from a joint and several income tax liability and removing the six-year requirement for submitting a request for separation of liability relief.

Submitted By:
Lynn Linné, Section Chair
Date:  August 1, 2019



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