Welcome to the website of the Florida Bar Tax Section,
This site contains a thorough History of the Tax Section’s sixty-seven (67) years of service and a full membership directory for all 2000+ members which can be searched by name, firm name, and geographical location, and much more. Please help us keep this Directory current and accurate by completing the Tax Section Directory Questionnaire and emailing it to Program Administrator Leslie Reithmiller.
We started this year off with a BANG, as our traditional Organizational Meeting held at Amelia Island Plantation began on the 4th of July. We had a great meeting highlighted by the Annual Ullman Year in Review CLE with our marquee speaker, Mark Prater, who was the Chief Tax Counsel and Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Finance Comm. during the enactment of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) in 2017.
We also recognized Mark Prater for his many years of public service with the Marvin C. Gutter Outstanding Public Service Award for 2018-2019.
With the recent enactment of TCJA, the Tax Section will reemphasize our involvement in federal tax analysis and proactively engage in comments on proposed regulations promulgated thereunder and any proposed technical corrections legislation. Our Fall meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. and many of our upcoming free-to-members CLE programs will concentrate on that which we learned while in D.C. I encourage you to join us for this meeting.
Kentucky Derby will be the theme of our Annual Meeting scheduled for the first weekend of May (May 3-6, 2019) at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., during which we will honor as The Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year, Co-Recipients – Bruce H. Bokor and Leslie J. Barnett. Choice of entity analysis post-TCJA will be the focus of our CLE Program planned for the Annual Meeting.
Please take a moment to review the Directory for information about the Tax Section’s sponsors. Their commitment to the Tax Section has enhanced the Section’s ability to provide quality meetings and increase the value of your membership in the Section. These professionals from other disciplines are a complement to the services we can provide to our clients.
If you aren’t a Tax Section Member, I encourage you to review the wealth of services and benefits available to our members as outlined on this website and encourage you to join us. If you are already a member, I invite you to become more involved.
Through our Electronic Media Initiative, we are now podcasting as well as expanding our presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media. I encourage you to listen to the Hall of Champions podcast at one of the links below:
The Tax Section provides opportunities for all members to improve their professional practice. We sponsor and produce continuing legal education programming at the most advanced levels. Many of these CLE programs are free to members. In addition, with the assistance of the Tax Section’s sponsors, we have created a series of local educational and networking opportunities to benefit our new (and not so new) tax lawyers hosted by the Tax Section and its sponsors. Carefully review the various committees that the Section has established. You are welcome to join and be active in any substantive law committees. Simply contact our Membership Recruitment Committee (soon to be retitled “Marketing & Membership Committee”) chairs Steven Hogan or Dana Apfelbaum.
The Section arranges for and participates in liaison meetings with the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue to foster direct communication and air issues of concern. We contribute to the fair and efficient implementation of the tax laws, by participating in regulatory and legislative initiatives, volunteering at Tax Court Settlement Days and Tax Court Calendar Call pro bono projects, and numerous other ways.
Make the most of your Tax Section membership at every opportunity. Stay current through our CLE programs. The Section provides a great platform to develop one’s reputation among your peers by writing articles for the Tax Section Bulletin and Florida Bar Journal, speaking at a seminar or as part of our Speakers Bureau or providing comments to a proposed Regulation. Attend our meetings and become active in our committees. Improve your credentials by becoming board certified in Tax Law.
Stay current with everything the Tax Section is doing by following our Social Media accounts. You can follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and follow us on LinkedIn for all the latest updates.
You will find The Florida Bar Tax Section is worth the investment of time, resources and energy. I am privileged to serve as your Chair and look forward to an exciting and eventful year. Come be part of it!
Michael D. Minton
Tax Section Chair, 2018-2019