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Mike is the Southeast Michigan practice leader of Plante Moran’s State and Local Tax (SALT) practice.  He brings an intuitive understanding of the challenges that accompany SALT changes and issues and is known for proactively pinpointing his clients’ challenges and providing effective solutions.

Mike serves a variety of clients in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, not-for-profit, and service industries, including technology and transportation companies. He assists those clients with the implementation of solutions to minimize sales/use taxes, income/franchise taxes, property taxes, the Michigan Business Tax, and the new Michigan Corporate Income Tax. He also has experience assisting clients with due diligence, whether through an acquisition or a sale.

Recently, much of Mike's focus has been on assisting clients with state audit defense.  His assistance with formulating supportable positions has resulted in significant reductions of projected audit liabilities. For instance, one initial assessment was in excess of $7,000,000; after successful discussions with the state, the final assessment was less than $30,000.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a master’s in taxation degree from Walsh College.

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State & local tax advisor: September 2017
What’s new in state and local tax? Here are a few updates on activities within Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and more.
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Article September 20, 2017 13 min read
State & local tax alert: Limited-time voluntary disclosure program available for some online sellers
Eighteen states are offering a limited-time voluntary disclosure program for businesses that have created nexus by selling through an online marketplace. Qualifying applicants may have various prior-year taxes, penalties, and interest waived without regard to any lookback period.
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Article August 30, 2017 3 min read