Making Michigan one of the 10 best tax climates in the U.S. is a high-priority issue for the Michigan Chamber. Michigan is making significant improvement in our business tax climate; personal property tax reform and a competitive, flat rate Corporate Income Tax are greatly contributing to Michigan’s improved tax rankings among states.
Improved tax laws that bring Michigan into the mainstream are important to how businesses perceive the environment for expansion and job growth, but more needs to be done in this area.
Michigan continues to carry a reputation for administering taxes by way of litigation. This is inefficient for the state and unfair to taxpayers. State and local tax policy should be clear and transparent, and taxpayers should feel confident that if they must pursue litigation, the courts will have the final say.
Lastly, Chamber members are troubled by the state’s continued use of third-party contingency fee paid auditors for tax and unclaimed property administration. Michigan could send a great message to the business community by banning this practice outright.
During the 2015-2016 legislative session, the Michigan Chamber will advocate:
Supporting measures to dramatically improve the administration of taxes and seek measures to hold the state accountable for failing to adhere to its own rules and court decisions.
Strongly opposing expansion of sales and use taxes to services.
Strongly opposing increasing sales, use, excise or other transactional taxes. (Does not apply to the May 5, 2015 ballot proposal, which will be evaluated separately.)
Strongly opposing efforts to impose a graduated income tax on Michigan families, entrepreneurs and business taxpayers.
Seeking improvements to state tax appeals processes, including elimination of Michigan’s “pay-to-play” requirement for the Court of Claims.
Ensuring proper implementation of Michigan’s voter-approved personal property tax reform and support expansion of personal property tax relief to all job providers.
Supporting further reform to Unclaimed Property laws to simplify compliance and protect holder’s rights.
Chamber Staff Contact:
Senior Director of Tax & Regulatory Reform