Updated: April 6, 2018

Taxation Section

The Taxation Section provides current information on federal and state tax issues that directly affect practitioners in Washington. It gives new attorneys with an interest in tax law an opportunity to meet and discuss mutual areas of concern with established practitioners. The section assists in proposing and commenting on legislation and administrative rules affecting federal and state tax practice. 

Through its website, list serve, and events throughout the year, the Taxation Section provides practical up-to-date information regarding the sections committees, activities, and other tax resources. 

In accordance with the section's bylaws, and with the exception of law students, an individual must be an active member of the WSBA to join the Taxation Section.

Annual Report
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Become a Section Leader: Nomination Application for Section Executive Committee Positions Opening Soon!

WSBA Sections provide professional development, education and community through CLEs, events, newsletters, list serve forums and active involvement with the state legislature. Each Section is run by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the Executive Committee.  Many find leading a Section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and the collegiality it offers. Executive Committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals (even opposing counsel) in a goal-orientated setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

The Taxation Section is seeking to fill positions on the Section Executive Committee. If interested, please review the below information and log-in to your MyWSBA profile, select My Profile, and finally select ‘Apply for a Section Executive Committee’ to complete the nomination application. A candidate statement and/or resume may be requested on the application.

Application Information
Nomination Applications Open: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Nomination Application Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018

Current Taxation Section members that are Active in good standing may apply to serve on the Section Executive Committee.

Open Positions & Terms
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws.

  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019. The position of Treasurer requires 2.5 years experience serving as a Committee Chair. 
  • At-Large Members (three positions): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019
  • Committee Chairs (listed below): one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018 and ending Sept. 30, 2019
    • Scholarship Committee
    • Legislative Committee
    • Estate & Gift Tax Committee
    • International Tax Committee (co-chairs)
    • DOR Liaison
    • Newsletter Committee
    • CLE Committee
    • State & Local Tax Committee
    • IRS Liaisons (co-chairs)
    • Website Committee
    • Transactional Tax Committee
    • Pro Bono Committee

Alternate Nomination Process
Per WSBA Bylaws, Sections also have alternate nominations processes, should you miss the deadline to apply online. In lieu of an alternate process, the Taxation Section will accept all interested and eligible candidates that apply through the electronic nomination process will automatically go on the ballot if they obtain 3-5 voting section member endorsements. Please send endorsements to sections@wsba.org no later than April 13.

Election Information
Section Executive Committee elections will begin on or around May 1, 2018, and be conducted electronically.

Questions? Want to Learn More?
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

Find out more about the Taxation Section's Committees.


Winter 2017-2018
Spring 2017
Winter 2016

Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please e-mail sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

PresidentSandra Veliz
Vice PresidentRich Johnson
TreasurerBrett Durbin
SecretaryGeorge Munro
Immediate Past PresidentTiffany Gorton

Committee Chairs

CLE ChairStef Taylor
DOR Liaison ChairJeff Mahan
Estate and Gift Tax Chair
Sandy Cairns
International Tax Co-ChairsElizabeth Crouse & Megan Tahl
IRS Liaison Committee Co-Chairs: Nick Nilan & Claire Taylor
Legislative Committee ChairBrett Durbin
Newsletter ChairJennifer A. Gellner
Pro Bono ChairEmily Yamada
Scholarship ChairTiffany Gorton
State and Local Tax ChairMiriam Korngold
Transactional Tax ChairYesica Hernandez
Website Committee ChairSam Barnes

Members at Large

Darek Jarski
Robert McCallum
Robert Mahon


IRS Co-LiaisonsClaire TaylorNick Nilan
BOG LiaisonKim Risenmay*
Young Lawyer LiaisonKyle Richard

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact section Chair, Sandra Veliz.