WMU News

Tax expert offers advice to businesswomen

Aug. 30, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- A Southwest Michigan CPA will discuss tax issues for small businesses at a Western Michigan University presentation Monday, Sept. 10, in Battle Creek.

Gail Shuster, CPA, of Plante & Moran will present "Tax and Accounting Issues for Small Businesses" 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 her talk, Shuster will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a sole proprietorship; payroll tax compliance; self employment tax issues; maximizing business deductions; tax reporting requirements; and retirement plan options, among other topics.

As an associate with Plante & Moran, Shuster provides tax planning and consulting for small businesses and families. She is an instructor for firmwide tax education, serving as the Kalamazoo office's tax education coordinator. A Certified Public Accountant, she earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from WMU and is pursuing a master's in taxation from the Washington State School of Law. Past president of the Kalamazoo chapter of the National Association of Career Women, Shuster is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She serves on the board of directors of the Arts Council of Kalamazoo and is an active volunteer with the Portage Public Schools.

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 (616) 962-4076.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
616 387-8400