Currently Accepting Nominations for Taxation Section Award of Merit – Extended Deadline


Any lawyer or non-lawyer may nominate an OSB attorney member for the Award of Merit. Nominations must be in writing and should give at least a brief description of the nominee’s qualification for the award. All nominations must be submitted to the Chair of the Executive Committee no later than June 30, 2023.  Email your nominations to:

Catherine M. Schulist: [email protected]


The Executive Committee of the OSB Taxation Section recognizes and honors those who exemplify professionalism in the practice of tax law in the State of Oregon with the Award of Merit.

Any current or former member of the OSB is eligible to receive the OSB Taxation Section Award of Merit as described in the award standards and guidelines. The Award is granted to the candidate whom the Executive Committee believes to best personify the Oregon State Bar’s Statement of Professionalism, and best serves as a role model for other lawyers. Factors considered include reputation, conduct, leadership activities and service within the bar or the community in general, and pro bono service. The candidate’s accomplishments must fall within the tax field.

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Oregon Department of Revenue to Host Tax Professional Liaison Meeting May 19

The Oregon Department of Revenue will hold a tax professional liaison meeting on May 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The department conducts liaison meetings on a quarterly basis to provide updates about tax-related state legislation, new tax programs, and other topics. Meetings required remote attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the department will offer a hybrid presentation with the options of in-person attendance or remote via Zoom.

The meeting will be in the Alfreda Bales Conference Room (formerly known as the Fish Bowl) at:

Oregon Department of Revenue
955 Center St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Department staff will discuss topics including:

  • The new Agriculture Overtime Tax Credit program, which will start accepting applications in 2024 and provide tax credits for eligible agriculture employers who pay state-required overtime.
  • Updates about the new Pass-Through Entity Elective Tax.
  • Updates from the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners.

Details are available at this Web site. Questions can be sent to [email protected].

Continuing Education Credit. The department does not issue continuing education credit for this meeting. However, credit may be issued by the Oregon Association of Tax Consultants (OATC). For more information and to register, go here. Please note: All in-person and virtual attendees wanting to receive credit must register using the OATC link. No sign-up sheets will be available at the in-person location.

Information Session: Tax Analysts Public Service Fellowship

In response to a need for tax legal assistance for low-income taxpayers, to foster a greater interest in tax-related public service, and to provide seasoned attorneys the opportunity to move into the public interest sector, the ABA Tax Section partnered with Tax Analysts to launch the Tax Analysts Public Service Fellowship in 2022. The application period for the second Tax Analysts Public Service Fellowship is now open, applications are due June 30, 2023.Applicants are expected to identify and secure a position with a qualifying sponsoring organization for the two-year fellowship before submitting the application. All Fellowships must involve taxation or administration of tax law and the sponsoring organizations must be a public interest nonprofit organization or a government entity.

Join us on Thursday, May 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET for an information session. Register here to join the information session to learn more about the application and Fellowship.

Help spread the word out about this opportunity and forward this email to your network. Please reach out to Meg Newman, Counsel for the Tax Section, with questions. ([email protected]).

IRS Tax Court Settlement Days

Dear Colleagues:

The IRS chief counsel’s office is organizing virtual settlement days on September 3 and 4, 2020.  The purpose is to settle as many pro se taxpayer cases as possible ahead of the October 5 trial calendar.  There may be a need for additional attorneys to help out, but we are waiting for counsel’s office to let us know exactly how many. If you are interested, please review the court’s guidance regarding limited entries of appearance, and contact Sarah Lora at [email protected].


OSB Tax Section, Pro Bono Committee

Call for Nominations

Dear Members of the OSB Taxation Section:

On behalf of the OSB Taxation Section Executive Committee (EC), we would like to extend our appreciation to those of you who have participated in our programs this year and we hope that you are excited for the 20th Annual Oregon Tax Institute (live webcasts Tuesday, September 15 – Friday, September 18, 2020, registration is now open!:  If you enjoy the programming and would like to get more involved…

We are seeking new EC members to serve two-year terms beginning January 1, 2021.

If you are interested in serving on the EC or you would like to nominate someone else to serve, please email anyone on the nominating committee and provide your resume (or a link to your bio/professional profile) and a brief statement expressing your interest by August 11.

Be safe and stay healthy,

Taxation Section Nominating Committee

               Heather A. Kmetz [email protected]

               Chris Heuer [email protected]

               Marc Sellers [email protected]

Message from the Oregon Tax Court Re: Deadlines

To all Oregon Tax Court stakeholders:

This message is to inform you that Chief Justice Walters has issued Chief Justice Order 20-027, extending statutory time periods and time requirements in certain Oregon Tax Court appeals.  The Tax Court has posted a copy of the order on its website here.  The order is authorized by Section 6 of House Bill 4212 (2020), which the Governor signed on June 30.  The order applies to the initiation of appeals to either division of the Tax Court and generally extends the appeal deadline to 60 days after the end of the COVID‑19 emergency period.  Note that the extension differs from the extension the legislature adopted for commencement of civil actions.  (Compare to Section 7 of HB 4212.)  In addition, the order authorizes the Tax Court Judge, or his delegate, to extend statutory deadlines that apply after the initiation of a proceeding.

Please direct any questions to Rocco Lieuallen at: [email protected]

Best wishes,

Rocco Lieuallen

Tax Court Administrator
Oregon Tax Court

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd from the Honorable Robert Manicke, Judge of the Oregon Tax Court

Dear Members of the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section,

On Friday, June 5, Chief Justice Walters released a letter, signed by all members of the Oregon Supreme Court, addressing the death of George Floyd.  I wholeheartedly endorse the letter and have posted a copy to the Tax Court’s home page here: .  I share the Supreme Court’s commitment to act to bring about change that will root out bias in our legal system.  The commitment includes listening to concerns, so I invite those who would like to share concerns and ideas for improvement to contact us through our court administrator Rocco Lieuallen (503-986-7026).  We also plan to set aside some time at our annual stakeholder meeting (September 25) for this topic.  In the meantime, we will continue to work toward enhancing procedural fairness and access to the court.

Robert Manicke

Judge, Oregon Tax Court