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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Signs Bill Drafted by Dykema’s Wayne Roberts into Law

January 12, 2015

Wayne Roberts, Grand Rapids-based member and Assistant Leader of Dykema’s Tax Practice Group, recently attended a ceremony at the Michigan State Capitol where Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Enrolled House Bill 4003. Roberts drafted the original version of the bill, which was introduced in 2004 and 2014.

The new law creates an offer-in-compromise program for Michigan taxpayers that will allow—for the first time—the Department of Treasury to compromise taxes in situations in where the taxpayer lacks the ability to pay, where there was a federal compromise, or where the taxpayer does not owe the tax under the controlling law.

Additionally, the new law replaces Michigan's prior policy, under which no compromise of a tax liability was ever allowed regardless of the circumstances.

Roberts, who is the former Taxation Section Chair for the State Bar of Michigan, worked on the bill with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan State University Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and Representative John Walsh for nearly 10 years to make offer-in-compromise a reality in Michigan.