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Dean is a Plante Moran tax partner specializing in the real estate and construction industries. He is known for his creative and practical approach to structuring entities and their transactions to meet the needs of their owners while minimizing the associated income taxes for all parties involved. 

Dean often successfully represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and other taxing authorities. He has provided tax assistance to clients and their attorneys for more than 32 years, with an emphasis on clients in the real estate and construction industries. Most recently, he has worked with clients to minimize the income tax impact of debt restructurings while positioning them to keep their tax burden reduced as they return to profitability.

Dean is often asked to conduct meetings and seminars educating his audience on popular tax topics such as determining the optimal organizational form, how to best admit or redeem owners, and how to acquire, develop, and sell assets and businesses. He has a B.B.A. in accountancy from Western Michigan University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

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Partnership like-kind exchanges: "Booting" the cash partner
Partnership like-kind exchanges can be complicated transactions, especially when partners want to go their separate ways. Here are a few options to consider.
Dean Rocheleau
Article June 14, 2017 3 min read
Don’t let your tax attributes die with you
Business owners, particularly those in real estate and construction, use net operating loss carryforwards to offset income. The carryforwards can’t be passed at death, so careful planning is needed to make sure they’re fully used. 
Dean Rocheleau
Article June 14, 2017 8 min read