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Wayne Law Review, Wayne State University Law School to Host Annual Symposium Highlighting Tax Law, March 4

February 11, 2008

DETROIT (Feb. 12, 2008) – The Wayne Law Review and Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce The Wayne Law Review’s Annual Symposium in the Law titled “Taking Care of Business: Is the Michigan Business Tax Friend or Foe?” beginning at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2008.

The Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. It will be divided into three panel sessions and will feature locally and nationally renowned tax law experts. The first panel is from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. and is titled “Overview of the MBT: What changes and why now?” The second, from 3 – 4:15 p.m., is titled “Incentivizing Doing Business in Michigan” and the third, from 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., is titled “Consequences of a Gross Receipts Levy within the MBT.”

Confirmed speakers for the Symposium include:

Lynn Gandhi
Gandhi is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP where she specializes in all aspects of state and local tax, including planning for Michigan's New Business Tax, nexus issues, Sarbanes Oxley processes and controls, investment incentives and tax credits, and state tax information sharing. She is the Editor of the Michigan Tax Lawyer  and Chair of the Gross Receipts Tax Subcommittee of the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, State and Local Tax Committee.

Steven Grob
Grob is a Member in the law firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC where he is leader of the Taxation and Estates Practice Group. He is both an attorney and a certified public accountant with over 33 years in tax practice, including extensive experience in state tax planning and state tax controversies. Grob is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and also has master’s degree in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering degrees, both from the University of Michigan. He is a frequent writer and lecturer, and a contributing editor for the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives. Grob has been selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for over ten years.

Dan Houlf
Houlf is the Director of State and Local Income Tax at General Motors. Prior to joining GM, he spent 13 years at Ford Motor Company in Ford’s State and Local Tax Group. Houlf also serves as an adjunct professor in the Thomas M. Cooley Law School LLM program teaching State and Local Taxation.

Paul McCord
McCord is an associate at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt, & Howlett, LLP where he specializes in structuring partnerships and limited liability companies, taxable and tax-free acquisitions, redemptions, spin-offs, recapitalizations, like kind exchanges and tax credit and incentive transactions. He serves as the vice-Chair, State and Local Tax Committee of the Real Property Law Section, and the Illinois State Bar Association (Federal Tax and State and Local Tax Sections).

Michael McIntyre
McIntyre is a Professor of Law at the Wayne State University Law School where he has taught a variety of tax courses since 1975. He is a graduate of Providence College and Harvard Law School. Prior to coming to Wayne Law, Professor McIntyre practiced with a tax firm in Washington, D.C., and served for four years as the director of training at the International Tax Program of Harvard Law School. He was the founding editor-in-chief (1989-91) of Tax Notes International, the leading tax journal dealing with international tax issues around the world. He has acted as a consulted for a large number of international and domestic public bodies, and he has recently served as a consultant to the United Nation's Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, a group that has prepared and updated the UN’s model tax treaty.

Kelli Murphy
Murphy is an attorney for Ford's Office of Tax Counsel in the state & local tax counseling group. Her primary responsibilities include state tax legislation and policy analysis, planning and audit- and compliance-related consulting. Prior to joining Ford, Murphy worked in the Detroit office of PricewaterhouseCoopers where she led national initiatives for clients related to multi-state income tax policy issues. She also served Detroit and other PwC clients as a Michigan Single Business Tax subject-matter expert and Michigan controversy specialist and has been involved in state tax planning project design and implementation projects.

John Neberle
Neberle is a partner at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt, & Howlett, LLP where he concentrates on state and local income, franchise, intangibles, sales, use, property and Michigan single business tax matters. Neberle had an extensive career with Ford Motor Company, serving as Director, State and Local Taxes and Senior Counsel, Legislation & Tax Policy. Prior to joining Ford, John was employed by General Motors Corporation where he was Manager of both Income Franchise & Intangibles Taxes, and Sales, Use & Gross Receipts Taxes. Recently, Neberle served as co-chair of the Michigan Chamber's Business Tax Review Group which evaluated state tax reform proposals in anticipation of the SBT repeal.

Greg Nowak
Nowak joined PricewaterhouseCoopers SALT in 1993 in Detroit and was admitted to the partnership in 1999. He is currently the leader of the PricewaterhouseCoopers State and Local Tax Consulting practice in Michigan. Nowak is currently an executive officer on the board of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and has served as the Chairman of the State and Local Tax Committee of the MACPA, is a member of the Tax Council of the State Bar of Michigan, and in many other leadership roles in these organizations. He is currently the Managing Editor of the American Bar Association Taxation Section publication The State and Local Tax Lawyer.

Richard D. Pomp
Pomp is the Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.  From 1981 to 1987, Professor Pomp was Director of the New York Tax Study Commission, a period during which NewYork restructured its personal and corporate income tax, and created an independent tax tribunal. Professor Pomp sits on numerous advisory and editorial boards, including the CCH, State Tax Advisory Board; State Income Tax Alert; E-Commerce Tax Alert; the BNA Tax Management State Tax Advisory Board; the Deloitte & Touche Center for Multistate Taxation; State Tax Notes; the Center for State and Local Taxation; and is Chairman of the Board of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Robert Rhoades
Rhoades is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC where he heads the firm’s tax litigation team.  He has served as co-chair of the State and Local Tax Committee of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Before joining his present firm, he was a Senior Principal at Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, and prior to that he served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit Law Department, Tax and Finance Section, and as a research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Wayne D. Roberts is a tax attorney and member of Dykema Gossett, PLLC, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Roberts' practice includes all aspects of federal and state tax planning and tax litigation and he has represented both closely held and Fortune 1000 companies in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, the Michigan Department of Treasury, and revenue departments in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, New York, California, and numerous other state and local taxing jurisdictions.

June Summers Haas
Haas is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP where she specializes in advising clients on a nationwide basis on multistate tax strategies. Prior to joining Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Haas was Michigan’s Commissioner of Revenue for three years. In that capacity, she administered 23 taxes, managed an 800 person tax revenue operation and advised the Governor and Treasurer on tax policy. Haas served for three years as Director of the Multistate Tax Commission’s National Nexus Program. She is also a member of the BNA State Tax Advisory Board and the Hartman State and Local Tax Forum Advisory Board.

David Zin
Zin is an economist with the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency, a non-partisan agency that serves the Michigan Senate. His responsibilities include preparing economic forecasts for the U.S. and Michigan economies, estimating future State Government revenues, estimating the potential fiscal impact of proposed tax legislation and evaluating tax policy issues. Zin has also worked as an Economist Specialist for the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis with the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Topics for the written edition of the Symposium are as follows: The Creation of the Michigan Business Tax; The Economic Logic of the Tax; The Logic of Gross Receipts Taxes; Investment Credits for Michigan Based Activities; Dormant Commerce Clause; The MBT Taxpayer; Computation of the Tax Base; Market Based Sourcing; Special Industry Taxes; Initial Phase-Out of Personal Property Taxes in Michigan; Transitional Issues with Instituting the New Tax.

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