Industry Experts Convene for Tax Symposium at Walsh

TROY, Mich., June 5, 2019 — Tax experts, industry leaders and Walsh graduate taxation students participated in the annual Walsh Spring Tax Symposium, hosted by Walsh with Grant Thornton, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Troy, MI. This invitation-only event provided the opportunity to discuss current trends, share insights on industry changes and network with other tax professionals. As part of their capstone experience, Walsh graduate taxation students presented alongside Grant Thornton professionals.

Presentation topics included federal income tax developments, current state and local tax issues, international taxation, tax developments and the impact on accounting for income taxes and tax reform legislation. Attendees could also earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits. This event is one of two tax symposiums hosted by Walsh annually.

“Grant Thornton is a natural partner for this symposium,” said Richard Davidson, associate professor and chair of Walsh’s taxation and business law department. “They have been very supportive of our students, providing mentoring and giving them the opportunity to present at this symposium.”

Walsh offers a Master of Science in Taxation and a Master of Science in Accounting with a taxation concentration. The Walsh library has one of the most comprehensive tax collections in the U.S. and is used by tax researchers throughout the state of Michigan.

For information about Walsh degree programs and certificates, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Students Volunteer Time at Detroit Taxathon

TROY, Mich., April 12, 2019 — Walsh accounting and taxation students participated in this year’s Taxathon event on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, 2019 to provide free tax preparation services to Detroit residents eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

“The Taxathon is an excellent way for Walsh students to gain practical hands-on experience outside of a class setting while providing a valuable community service,” said Heather Rinkevich, Director of Academic Advising at Walsh. “The Taxathon is an important program and Walsh has been proud to participate for many years.”

In addition to the Taxathon event, the Walsh Accounting and Taxation Student Organization and graduate-level taxation students volunteer with the Accounting Aid Society annually to file taxes for local families and individuals for free. The Accounting Aid Society provides tax and financial services to underserved taxpayers in southeast Michigan.

For more information about Walsh degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Students Conduct IRS Criminal Investigation Simulation

TROY, Mich., March 12, 2019 — Walsh students, professors and 10 Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) agents participated in the Adrian Project, an interactive program designed to introduce tax and accounting career paths in law enforcement, on Saturday, March 9, at Walsh’s Troy location at 3838 Livernois Rd.

Walsh graduate students, led by IRS special agents, pieced together a hypothetical financial crime while participating in several investigation simulations. Activities included assisting in a traffic stop by an (off-duty) Troy police officer, questioning a suspect, vehicle and trash evidence searches, undercover operations, presenting probable cause to a magistrate and the execution of a search warrant while dressed in IRS-CI vests.

“We want students to see if they can imagine themselves applying their accounting skills in a career outside of the cubicle,” said David Topolewski, IRS Special Agent and Public Information Officer who discovered his own career through the Adrian Project. “This is a gratifying career that ultimately helps protect the community.”

“The Adrian Project is an opportunity for Walsh to take learning outside of the classroom,” said Richard Davidson, Chair of Walsh’s Taxation and Business Law Department. “When we bring what we are teaching to life, it shows a whole new dimension to students. They are directly applying the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classrooms to these exercises.”

“I really enjoyed it. It was an eye-opening experience and I appreciated the agents introducing us to broader IRS job opportunities.” said Walsh Master of Taxation student Kabina Bhari, who acted as an undercover agent as part of the day’s activities.

The Adrian Project was developed at Adrian College in 2002 by a professor and an IRS agent.

For information about Walsh programs, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh College Presents Third Annual Mark R. Solomon Tax Symposium

Walsh College will host the Third Annual Mark R. Solomon Tax Symposium, an epicenter for modern thought applied to taxation, from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, October 27, at its Troy Campus, 3838 Livernois Road.

Five scholarly papers that challenge current thought, introduce provocative ideas, and present divergent sides of issues will be presented by authorities in the field of tax.

Presenters and their topics include:

Daniel Hoops, J.D., LL.M, associate professor, Accounting and Taxation, Walsh College,
“Tax Consequences of Crowd Funding”
Jason Pivoz, MST, CPA, CGMA, Member Mellen, Smith, & Pivoz PLC,
“Advising Immigrant Business Owners”
Ahmed Khalil, tax counsel , Magna International,
“Planning for Troubled Entities”
Susan Wagner, tax consultant, UHY,
“The Internet and State Tax”
Daniel Meloche, staff auditor, Plante & Moran, PLLC,
“Business Participation after the Death of the Owner”

The conference will qualify for CPE credit, and registration is now open. Tickets are $45 for Walsh College alumni and partners, $20 for Walsh students, and $90 for all others. Visit http://www.walshcollege.edu/TaxSymposium to register or for more information.

“Presentations will provide a new perspective on a timeless body of practice and policy, introduce nuances that can change social attitudes, and enlighten the practice of taxation,” said Hoops, Symposium chairman.

“There are several reasons for participating in the Symposium,” Hoops added. “An affiliation with Walsh College brings prestige and pride. This is an opportunity to stay abreast of the changing industry, participate in intellectual discussions in the profession, and glean from practical and academic expertise in this complicated, complex field. ”

The symposium is named in honor of the late professor of Taxation and Business Law and director of the Mark Solomon Tax Research Center at Walsh. Dr. Solomon was the driving influence behind Walsh’s tax curriculum, which emphasizes tax research. The Walsh College Library houses one of the most comprehensive tax collections in the country and is used as a resource by tax researchers throughout Michigan.

“In the first two years of the Solomon Symposium, the topics have been fascinating, and each speaker brought a unique perspective to the field,” Hoops added.

To read the papers presented at last year’s Second Annual Mark R. Solomon Tax Symposium, the eJournal can be found at: http://digitalmag.walshcollege.edu/taxsymposiumvol2/index.html.

Walsh College Calls for Proposals for Third Annual Mark Solomon Tax Symposium for 2015

Walsh College is now accepting proposals for papers and presentations for its Third Annual Mark Solomon Tax Symposium to be held on October 27, 2015.

Four scholarly papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium as well as publication in the 2015 Mark R. Solomon Journal on Taxation.

Brief proposals on relevant papers must be submitted by Monday, June 8, 2015 Preference will be given to papers that challenge current thought, introduce provocative ideas, or present divergent sides of an issue.

“Papers may provide a new perspective on an old body of practice and policy or introduce nuances of changing social attitudes and mores in the practice of taxation,” said Daniel S. Hoops, J.D., LL.M, associate professor, Accounting and Taxation, and symposium chairman. “In the first two years of the Solomon Symposium, the topics have been really interesting and each speaker brought a unique perspective to the presentation,” he added.

The symposium is named in honor of the late professor of Taxation and Business Law and director of the Mark Solomon Tax Research Center at Walsh.

Solomon was the driving influence behind Walsh’s tax curriculum which emphasizes tax research. The Walsh College Library houses one of the most comprehensive tax collections in the country and is used as a resource by tax researchers throughout Michigan.

Participants have several reasons for participating in the Symposium, Hoops added. “You can establish industry presence, display intellectual capital to the profession, and demonstrate practical and academic expertise in this complicated, complex field. An affiliation with Walsh College can also bring prestige and pride.”

Collaborations are welcome. Finalists will be announced on Monday, June 15. Proposals may be submitted at www.surveymonkey.com/s/TJJ5392 or emailed to Professor Daniel Hoops (dhoops@walshcollege.edu) by June 8.

The conference will qualify for CPE credit, and registration is now open. Tickets are $45 for Walsh College alumni; $20 for students and $90 for all others.

Visit www.walshcollege.edu/CEU for more information.

Walsh College Presents Solomon Tax Symposium on October 30

Walsh College will host its second annual Mark Solomon Tax Symposium, featuring presentations on tax implications involving individual health insurance, due process clauses, cloud computing, digital assets and filing issues, on Thursday, Oct. 30, at its Troy campus.

The symposium, named in honor of the late Walsh professor of Taxation and Business Law and director of the Mark Solomon Tax Research Center, will focus on current taxation issues that challenge traditional thinking, introduce provocative ideas, and present divergent issues.

Professor Solomon was the driving force behind Walsh’s tax curriculum, which emphasizes tax research. The Walsh College Library houses one of the most comprehensive tax collections in the country and is used as a resource by tax researchers throughout Michigan.

Tickets are $35 for alumni, $15 for students, and $50 for all others. Registration is required at www.walshcollege.edu/taxsymposium.

The presentations and presenters include:

  • Exploring the Cost of Individual Health Care Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Eric J. Gould, J.D., LLM Taxation, attorney and counselor of Eric J. Gould, PLC, and clinical professor, Taxation & Business Law, Walsh College. Gould will identify the costs of individual health insurance coverage, explore the tax benefits provided under the Internal Revenue Code as modified by the Act and discuss practical planning ideas to meet the costs of insurance and medical care.
  • Michigan Taxation of Flow-Through Entities: How Many Due Process Clauses Can Dance on the Head of a Pin? Marla Schwaller Carew, J.D., LLM, attorney and counselor of Marla Schwaller Carew, PLLC, and adjunct tax instructor, Walsh College. Schwaller Carew will discuss the challenges of applying broader concepts, which have become more difficult and less taxpayer-friendly in the hands of Michigan legislators, as demonstrated by a review of recent flow-through withholding and nexus standards for owners of flow-through entities.
  • Cloud Computing and Sales Tax Implications. Dave DeCew, CPA, manager, State & Local Tax, Plante & Moran, PLLC. DeCew will take an in-depth look at the sales tax environment for software companies. The sales tax treatment of infrastructure, platforms and software will be analyzed based on the most recent court decisions and state promulgations.
  • Digital Assets in the Information Age: Do Your Ones and Zeros Have Value? Bradley Perry, president, Accounting & Tax Student Organization, Walsh College, and Michael Robins. The presenters will explain and define what digital assets are and how to determine whether they have a fair market value.
  • “The Check’s in the Mail,” but Sometimes I.R.C. § 7502 [1] Doesn’t Allow You to Prove It. Jacqulene Brandt. Brandt will discuss the circuit split surrounding the timely mailing as timely filing rule, which governs when documents are received and considered filed with the IRS.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu, or the Walsh College Master of Science in Taxation, visit www.walshcollege.edu/taxationmastersdegree.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

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WALSH CONTACTS:
Brenda Meller/Assistant Vice President, Walsh College bmeller@walshcollege.edu or 248-823-1205.

Megan Soule/Account Supervisor, Airfoil Public Relations soule@airfoilgroup.com 248-304-1428.

Walsh College Names Sanderson to Chair Accounting, Business Law, and Taxation Department

Jennifer C. Sanderson of Macomb, Mich., a 25-year accounting professional and a faculty member at Walsh College since 2006, has been named chair, Accounting, Business Law, and Taxation (ABLT) Department, at the College. Her appointment is effective with the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

A former tax principal at Rehmann, Sanderson replaces Daniel S. Hoops, who resigned the post to concentrate more fully on his faculty duties as an associate professor at Walsh. Hoops has been engaged in the practice of law and business consulting since 1995 and joined Walsh in 2008.

“Dan has done a tremendous job as chair and his dedication to Walsh and its students is boundless,” said Dr. David Shields, executive vice president and chief academic officer. “We look forward to his continuing contributions and energy as a faculty colleague.”

He added, “We’re fortunate to have Jennifer ready to step into the important role as ABLT chair. Her wealth of professional and teaching experience aligns perfectly with Walsh’s great reputation for practical business education and academic rigor.”

Sanderson earned her bachelor of business administration in accounting from Western Michigan University in 1988 and an master of science in taxation from American University in 1996. Her professional expertise includes manufacturing, leasing, real estate, and tax consulting.

Sanderson is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Hoops received a BMA degree with a major in trumpet performance from the University of Michigan in 1991. He earned a J.D. degree cum laude from the Michigan State University School of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law) in 1994, and an LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995. His professional expertise includes tax law, estate planning, ethics, and business consulting.

For more information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Walsh College Student Group Earns Three Community Service Awards

Walsh College has received three awards on behalf of its Accounting and Tax Student Organization (ATSO) for its volunteer initiatives supporting preparation of tax returns for low-income families.

The awards are the Masco Community Service Award from the Accounting Aid Society (AAS), for 2,000 hours of service from 100 Walsh students; the Spirit of Detroit Award from the Detroit City Council, in recognition of exceptional achievement, outstanding leadership, and dedication to improving the quality of life; and the State of Michigan Special Tribute Award.

ATSO encourages accounting and tax students to volunteer their time to various non-profit activities and efforts, focusing on the use of accounting and business expertise. It is just one of many Walsh College student groups adding social, educational, community service, and leadership gravitas to a quality Walsh business education and campus life.

“The initiatives demonstrated ATSO’s enthusiasm for service to others and for the accounting profession,” said Deborah Mourray, academic and ATSO advisor, Walsh College. “ATSO’s efforts positively reflect the high-quality character of all Walsh students and their willingness to become involved in their community.”

She added that it is important to note that students do not receive academic credit for their volunteer hours in the AAS program.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.