Updated: Feb. 12, 2024

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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The Taxation Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the sections executive committee.

Upcoming Programs

DEI Committee

Taxation Section Scholarship

Paths Mentorship Program

Volunteer Opportunities

CLE Slide Decks


Executive Committee

Committee Chairs

Committee Meetings

Upcoming Programs

Check back here for the latest on programs and offerings from the Taxation Section.

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DEI Committee

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Page

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Paths Mentorship Program

Paths Mentorship Program Page

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WSBA Taxation Section Scholarship Committee

Beginning in the year 2000, the Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section has been awarding $5,000 in a scholarship each year to an eligible applicant, which are those who have been accepted by, and plan to attend, a Tax L.L.M. program in the following academic year at an accredited United States law school.

The scholarship committee evaluates the following factors in awarding the scholarship: (a) academic record; (b) the demonstrated intent to become an active member of the WSBA Taxation Section upon completion of his/her tax L.L.M.; and (c) financial need for the scholarship.

If you have any interest in joining the Scholarship Committee, please email the current Scholarship Chair, Jennifer Gellner, at jennifer@gellnerlaw.com.

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Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to taking on a case, Volunteer Attorneys have the following one-time opportunities via the UW Federal Tax Clinic:

  • Tax Court Calendar: Dec. 18 assist a pro taxpayer in trying to resolve their Tax Court case with the IRS.
  • Tax presentations to community: October 2023 through June 2024. Law students run tax presentations to community organizations. Volunteer attorney attends to give added advice.

If any of these sound of interest to you, please contact John Clynch at 206-616-6266 or clyncher@uw.edu.

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.

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Taxation Section CLE Slide Decks

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

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Head over to the Newsletter page to see past issues of Taxation News, the Taxation Section Newsletter.

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

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Executive Committee

All positions begin Oct. 1, 2023, and end Sept. 30, 2024, unless otherwise stated.

ChairMegan Tahl 

Chair-ElectCat Connell

Immediate Past ChairKristi Richards

Secretary: Jason Harn 

Treasurer: Alinsson A. Sierra

*Nonvoting member

At-Large Members
Darek Jarski
Robert Mahon
Sandra Veliz

Young Lawyer Liaison*Aimee Miller (2022–2024) 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Nam Nguyen (2023-2024)

Committee Chairs

CLE Committee Co-Chairs
Jason Harn
Sofia Meglioli

Communications Committee Chair
John Jetter

DEI Committee Co-Chairs: 
Jessica Bejerea

DOR Liaison Co-Chair:
Kimberly Anderson
Tina Poley

Estate and Gift Tax Co-Chairs:
Cat Connell
Reed Jones

International Tax Co-Chairs
Alinsson A. Sierra

IRS Liaison Co-Chair - IRS Office of Chief Counsel:
Najja Bullock

IRS Liaison Co-Chair - Private Practice:
Richard Johnson 

Legislative Committee Co-Chairs:
Brett Durbin

Pro Bono Committee Chair:
Darin T. Jensen

Scholarship Committee Chair:
Jennifer Gellner 

State and Local Tax Committee Chair:
Aaron Johnson

Transactional Tax Committee Chair:
Daniel Sito

Young Lawyer Committee Chair:
Daniel French

Learn more about the Taxation Section Committees.

Executive Committee Meetings

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

See the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes page for access to the previous meeting minutes.

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 Megan Tahl.

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