Welcome to the website of The Florida Bar Tax Section. This is the place to come for more information about the Tax Section, and links to our meetings and CLE.
We started the year with a great Organizational Meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. We were blessed with desert-like conditions: Sun, Sand, and No Rain. We have two more meetings planned – our Fall Meeting, in Miami, will feature a seminar on representing real estate developers and investors, and our Annual Meeting, in Sarasota, will include an advanced estate planning seminar, as well as our Tax Attorney of the Year Dinner, honoring Mitchell I. Horowitz.
One of the Section’s greatest services is its Continuing Legal Education programs. In addition to the CLE provided in conjunction with our three annual meetings, we sponsor or co-sponsor several full-day or multi-day annual programs, including the International Tax Conference (January 10-12, 2018, in Miami). We also provide around 20 free telephone CLEs, on a wide range of tax topics. But you can receive notices and materials only by joining the Tax Section.
If you are already a Tax Section member, I invite you to become more involved. The Tax Section offers great opportunities to become active. Our Executive Council meetings are open to all Tax Section members. Our many CLEs offer so many speaking opportunities that there is always room for new people to participate. And that starts with our annual Ullman Year In Review, held each July 4th weekend (contact the Chair-Elect or Chair-Elect Designate if you would like to speak). We continue to publish three Tax Section Bulletins each year, and have had an article in almost every issue of The Florida Bar Journal for decades.
The Tax Section continues to be proactively working to improve the administration of federal and Florida tax law, through commentary on federal regulation projects, proposing changes in the Florida Tax Code, and holding liaison meetings with the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue.
Whether you are new to the Bar or a long-time member, we want to find a place for you. For almost 20 years, our New Tax Lawyers Committee has stood as a starting point for many future Tax Section leaders. The NTLC’s directors, Dana Apfelbaum and Lauren Klein, are great contacts if you are looking to get started as a Tax Attorney. If you are interested in a particular division, please contact the division director if you want to get involved, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joseph Barry Schimmel
Tax Section Chair, 2017-2018