Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Section of Taxation! Please take a moment to explore the following opportunities on our website:

  • 24/7 CLE library. This accumulation of tax courses for audio and/or video replay for Section of Taxation members is available free of charge. What a great way to fulfill your annual Texas MCLE requirements!
  • The Texas Tax App. The app is also available to our members free of charge to download and allow you access to the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, tax treaties, the Texas Tax Code and more!
  • COGS. The Committee on Government Submissions allows members to comment on lawmaking and projects of importance to our National and State governments. Completed COGS submissions can be found published in our Texas Tax Lawyer.
  • The Texas Tax Lawyer. This newsletter has substantive articles of interest and a practitioner’s corner with helpful forms and other tidbits.
  • Pro Bono. This section of our website makes you aware of upcoming pro bono events including our Tax Court calendar call program and our volunteer income tax assistance program (VITA).
  • List Serv. You can join a committee list serv to be kept apprised of items of interest in your area of law.

Elizabeth Copeland
Section of Taxation
State Bar of Texas

New Tax App - Check It Out!

The Tax Section is excited to present a new iPhone and web-based Tax App! The iPhone App is for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod Touch® users. The web-based App is functional for Blackberry®, Android™ and other web-based phone users, and can also be accessed via the Internet. The Texas Tax App is only available to Tax Section members.

The Texas Tax App contains the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, and other federal tax authorities, including court and procedural rules. The app also contains the Texas Tax Code, Texas Comptroller Rules, and other Texas tax authorities, including a link to the STAR system and Comptroller FAQs. Links to Google Scholar and the Texas Tax Lawyer have also been added to the app.

If you have feedback or need assistance with the Apps, please email the helpdesk.

Installing. For Android™ , Blackberry®, and Internet users, visit: Texas Tax Online App. For iPhone and iPad users, search for “Texas Tax” in the Apple App store. If you have multiple choices, choose the App with the State Bar of Texas Seal – and install.

Log-In. For both, the log-in information is the same as your MyBarPage on If you’ve forgotten your password, Visit MyBarPage, enter your username (which is your bar number) and click “Forgot Password”. Your password will be emailed to you. After installing the app, click the red “Authentication” button and log-in.

Dowloading Information. Click the + sign to see categories of Tax Resources. Click on the various categories you would like to download and click ‘download’ to access the information associated with your choices.

We believe you are going to find the Texas Tax App to be incredibly useful to your tax practice. If you have questions or need assistance, email the helpdesk.

The Tax Section would like to give special thanks to the Computer & Technology Section for making our Tax App possible!

Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer Award

Congratulations to Ira Shepard of the University of Houston Law Center for being selected as our Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer for 2013! This is the highest award given by the State Bar of Texas Tax Section, and Shepard is the tenth recipient of the award. This award recognizes Shepard for his outstanding reputation, expertise, and professionalism in the practice of tax law; his leadership in bar associations; his significant contributions to the general welfare of the community; his reputation for ethics; and his mentorship of other tax professionals.


See the Pro Bono page or Committees/Pro Bono page.

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Upcoming CLE

Tax Law Survey in a Day 
February 28, 2014
Cityplace Conference Center 
2711 N Haskell Ave. Dallas, Texas
CLE: 8 hrs (1hr ethics),
Course No. 901285545

Section Member: $149.00
Non-Section Member $199.00

Dear Colleagues,

Registration for the Tax Law Survey in a Day is now open. Section members receive a discount and seats are limited. Don't miss out on the opportunity to get updated on all the basics of tax law - in a single day!

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Tax Consideration in Choice of Entity
  • Estate and Gift Tax - Where are we now?
  • Like-Kind Exchanges with Special Focus on the Energy Industry
  • 411 on Fundraising for Charitable Organizations
  • State and Local Tax-Overview and Updates
  • The IRS: A Former Insider's View of How it is Organized and How it Works
  • IRS Collections - Liens, Levies, Trust Fund Recovery What to Do?
  • Employee Benefits - Basic Overview and Effect of Windsor
  • A Rundown of the Top 10 International Tax Traps
  • Partnership and Limited Liability Companies 101

Course Amenities. Your registration includes free parking, free Wi-Fi in the meeting room, course materials on a flash drive (and an opportunity to download the materials from a webpage in advance - for those of you who prefer printed materials), continental breakfast and a buffet lunch.

Tax Section Pro Bono
  • Tax Court Pro Bono Program
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ("VITA") Program
SBOT Pro Bono Opportunities


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