Updated: March 14, 2023

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 Section's 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 Bar to join the Taxation Section.

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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is 5 p.m. April 17, 2023.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. Regular terms begin Oct. 1, 2023, with remainder terms starting upon election.

  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • At-Large Member (three positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • CLE Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • DOR Liaison Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Estate and Gift Tax Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • International Tax Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • IRS Liaison Co-Chair – IRS Office (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • IRS Liaison Co-Chair – Private Practice (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Legislative Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Communications Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Pro Bono Chair (one position open): remainder of current term ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Pro Bono Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Scholarship Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • State and Local Tax Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Transactional Tax Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Young Lawyer Committee Chair (one position open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
  • DEI Committee Co-Chair (one position): remainder of current term ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • DEI Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process: There will be a nominating committee comprised of the Immediate Past Chair, current Chair, and Chair-elect. The nominating committee will compile a list of nominees. Persons nominated to the office of Treasurer must have served as a committee chair for no less than two and one-half (2 ½) years. The executive committee will approve a list of nominees for each open position. The executive committee will also have an alternative process to allow for nominations to occur outside of the nominating committee process.

Alternate Nomination Process: A section member may nominate another member or self-nominate during a regularly held meeting or by emailing Kristi Richards at Krichards@radiuslawseattle.com. Any self-nominating member may submit materials through the online application process or by providing materials to the nominating committee.  If another member is nominated, the Nominating Committee will reach out to the nominee and inform the individual of the consideration, and the individual may submit materials to the nominating committee or through the application process if the individual expresses interest in the role on the committee. All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on the ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the nominating committee.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2023. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Volunteer Opportunities 

If you have any questions or would otherwise like to get involved with the Pro Bono Committee, please contact Darin Jensen at (206) 624-1230 ext. 175 or jensen@lasher.com.


Taxation Section CLE Slide Decks

Find the most recent CLE slide decks from the Taxation Section.


Newsletters

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


Executive Committee

ChairKristi Richards (2022-2023) 

Chair-ElectMegan Tahl (2022-2023) 

Secretary: Cat Connell (2022-2023) 

Treasurer: Jason Harn (2022-2023) 

Immediate Past Chair: Claire Taylor (2022-2023) 

At-Large Members

Darek Jarski (2022-2023) 
Robert Mahon (2022-2023) 
Sandra Veliz (2022-2023)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Nam Nguyen (2022-2023) and Brent Williams-Ruth (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Aimee Miller (2022–2023) 

*Nonvoting member

Committee Chairs

CLE Co-ChairsJason Harn & Sophia Meglioli  (2022-2023) 

DOR Liaison ChairDan Jensen (2022-2023) 

Estate and Gift Tax Co-ChairsCat Connell & Reed Jones (2022-2023) 

International Tax Co-ChairsTuan NgoAl Mullins (2022-2023) 

IRS Liaison Co-Chairs: Logan Westerman (IRS Office of Chief Counsel) & (Private Practice) (2022-2023) 

Legislative Co-ChairsBrett Durbin & Callie Castillo (2022-2023) 

Communications Chair: John Jetter (2022–2023) 

Pro Bono Chair: Darin Jensen (2022–2023) 

Scholarship Chair: Jennifer Gellner (2022–2023) 

State and Local Tax Chair: Aaron Johnson (2022–2023) 

Transactional Tax ChairDaniel SIto (2022–2023) 

Young Lawyer Committee Chair: Daniel French (2022-2023) 

DEI Committee Co-Chairs: Ellen Tung & Jessica Bejerea (2022-2023) 

 

Learn more about the Committees.

The WSBA Taxation Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Friday of each month, 8–9 a.m. Please contact committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.


Join Our List Serve

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 Kristi Richards.