WMU News

How to negotiate tax liability

March 1, 2002

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Fallen behind on your taxes? What the IRS says you owe may not be the final word, according to a tax expert who'll speak at a Western Michigan University presentation Monday, March 11, in Battle Creek.

Chris Micklatcher of Alternative Tax Solutions will present "Negotiating Down Your Tax Liability with the IRS" from 6 to 8 p.m. at WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Part of a monthly series co-sponsored by WMU's Women's Business Development Center and the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, the program is free and open to the public.

In his talk, Micklatcher will tell attendees how the IRS views small business and individuals as debtors, and advise them of their options for negotiating tax liability. The seminar is designed for businesses and individuals who have current tax problems with the IRS, as well as those who may suffer cash flow problems as a result of the current recession.

Micklatcher is president of Alternative Tax Solutions, a full-service legal, accounting, tax preparation and consulting firm that specializes in serving small businesses and individuals. Both a Certified Public Accountant and an attorney, Micklatcher also works at Battle Creek's Golden Avenue Law Offices. Before moving back to his hometown of Battle Creek, Micklatcher owned his own firm in Maine and worked with one of the "Big Five" accounting and consulting firms. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. Beginning Feb. 28, Micklatcher will discuss tax planning and reduction every Thursday morning on radio station WBCK 930-AM.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs through training, problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce at (269) 962-4076.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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