Bankruptcy statute 11 USC §524(a) prohibits the collection of debts that are discharged in a bankruptcy case. However, this does not apply to nondischargeable debts, which can be collected after a debtor receives a discharge, but not during a pending bankruptcy when the automatic stay under 11 USC §362 is in effect.
Dischargeability of personal property taxes varies on the type of bankruptcy case (or chapter). In a Chapter 7, unsecured priority personal property taxes are nondischargeable if: Read More ›
Categories: Personal Property Tax
The Alternative Minimum Tax (“AMT”) was enacted in 1969 to ensure that high-income individuals paid at least a minimal amount of tax. The AMT operates parallel to the regular tax system and allows different deductions, credits, and exemptions. Read about the changes to the AMT ›
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) into law. Enacted to address the tax side of the “fiscal cliff,” the ATRA primarily addresses the expiration of certain portions of the Bush-era tax cuts. Below is a summary of the major tax provisions in the ATRA. Read More ›
Certain officers may be personally liable for the unpaid taxes of a Michigan business. MCL 205.27a(5) imposes personal liability on those officers with tax paying responsibilities if a business fails to file a return or pay a tax due. As a general matter, an officer has "tax paying responsibilities" if he signs returns, files returns, or has the power to direct others to file returns or pay taxes. Read More ›
Categories: Corporate Income Tax
Foster Swift successfully reverses a $500,000 use tax assessment in Arrow Energy Services, Inc. v. Department of Treasury (MTT No: 404349).
In 2008, the Department of Treasury audited Arrow Energy for use tax compliance. Arrow Energy is an oil and gas servicing company. During the period of the audit, Arrow Energy was primarily engaged in turnkey operations whereby Arrow Energy utilized subcontractors to construct production-ready natural gas wells for third parties. Read More ›
Categories: Use Tax
Tax withholding requirements in Michigan are set forth in MCL 206.703. Every Michigan employer that is required to withhold federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code is also required to register and withhold Michigan income taxes. Effective January 1, 2012, companies that pay pension and retirement benefits are also required to withhold Michigan income taxes on those payments to retirees. The withholding rate is generally 4.35%. Read More ›
Categories: Income Tax
The Corporate Income Tax (“CIT”) took effect on January 1, 2012 and replaced the Michigan Business Tax (“MBT”) for most taxpayers, except those electing to continue the MBT to claim certain credits. The CIT consists of a franchise tax for financial institutions, a premium tax for insurance companies, and a flat 6% income tax for C Corporations and entities taxed as C Corporations for federal income tax purposes. As discussed in prior blog postings, the CIT does not apply to pass-through entities, such as LLCs or partnerships. Read More ›
The Michigan Use Tax Act has several notable exemptions, one of which is the agricultural exemption. The agricultural use tax exemption covers “[p]roperty sold to a person engaged in a business enterprise and using and consuming the property . . . in the breeding, raising, or caring for livestock, poultry, or horticultural products.” MCL § 205.94(1)(f). This establishes two requirements for the use tax exemption: Read More ›
Categories: Use Tax
If your business is currently undergoing a use tax audit, then take notice.
The statute of limitations for use tax audits is set forth in the Revenue Act. Specifically, MCL 205.27a states that: Read More ›
Categories: Use Tax
Every year, the Michigan Department of Treasury audits Michigan businesses for compliance with the Sales and Use tax laws. Oftentimes, those audits result in tax assessments that are disputed by the taxpayer. But, how does a taxpayer navigate the audit process and challenge a tax assessment?
Let’s take a look at the basics. Read More ›