(Wednesday, March 27, 2013) - The Michigan Chamber Litigation Center today filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court in Andrie, Inc. v. Department of Treasury. The Litigation Center is taking a position in this case because of the Michigan Department of Treasury’s decision to impose both the sales and use tax on the same transaction. If this unfair method of taxation is allowed to continue, taxpayers will be harmed as Michigan would be the only state in the nation that applies this form of double taxation.
The Michigan Chamber is pursuing an aggressive agenda to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve customer interaction with the Michigan Department of Treasury. Staff and volunteers strongly advocated in favor of improved auditing techniques and providing better guidance to taxpayers trying to comply with tax laws. Read more here.
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 - Good News! On the last night of the Lame Duck session, the Michigan Legislature finalized legislation to begin phase-out of the much-maligned business personal property tax (PPT.) The Michigan Chamber views elimination of the PPT for all business taxpayers as a top legislative priority.
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded passage of legislation to finally begin elimination of Michigan’s burdensome and uncompetitive business personal property tax. Elimination of the PPT was a top legislative priority of the Michigan Chamber for 2012.
“Untangling this Gordian knot has eluded legislators for decades,” noted Tricia Kinley, Senior Director of Tax & Regulatory Reform for the Michigan Chamber. “We finally have a structure in place to move ahead.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - A plan to keep Michigan’s economy driving forward by reforming the burdensome personal property tax was outlined yesterday by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger. The proposal recognizes the vital role that strong communities and schools play in Michigan’s future by providing reimbursement rates to most local units of 100 percent for police, fire and ambulance revenue losses and a minimum of 80 percent for everything else. It also holds the School Aid Fund harmless and fully covers school debt.
The Michigan Legislature was quite productive in moving key pieces of tax legislation - all either initiated or supported by the Michigan Chamber - in the final weeks of session leading up to summer recess.
The Michigan Senate in early May passed legislation to begin addressing Michigan’s burdensome personal property tax. The Michigan Chamber is pleased that the process continues to move forward, however the Senate added problematic amendments that must be removed in the Michigan House.
The Michigan Senate on Tuesday, April 17th, unveiled an Administration-backed proposal to immediately exempt small businesses from Michigan's burdensome business personal property tax and begin phase-out of the tax on manufacturing equipment.
This $1.2 billion tax on Michigan job providers continues to make Michigan uncompetitive for jobs - particularly among Great Lakes states - most of whom exempt this complicated and burdensome tax.
Highlights of the proposal include:
So wrote Tricia Kinley, Senior Director of Tax & Budget Reform for the Michigan Chamber, in a commentary published in The Detroit News. In her viewpoint, Kinley notes: "Significant work remains...to create a simple and fair tax system that promotes economic growth. In particular, Michigan's personal property tax, which taxes business equipment and machinery, remains a significant barrier to moving Michigan forward.