Michigan Amnesty

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

June 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

Michigan Amnesty ends June 30 Last week, seven of my closest friends and I went on our annual pilgrimage to northern Ontario, Canada to fish for walleyes, pike, perch and trout. It was somewhat of an odd-weather trip. It rained all the way up north on Saturday, the 11th, but not one drop from Sunday through Saturday, the 18th. It was in the 70s each day and got down into the 40s at night. The sun wasn’t overly bright. The wind wasn’t overly strong. Those are almost perfect fishing conditions. The mosquitoes were manageable without bug spray. The black flies were practically nonexistent. In fact, this is the first time that I put sunblock on more times than I put bug spray on. Oh yeah, the fish were biting, too. We brought back our limit of four walleyes, and ate walleyes four times during the week. We caught and brought back about 30 perch per person, two to-be-mounted rainbow trout, and a few pike for good measure. Except for the fish part, it almost sounds like we didn’t go to Canada. Black fly bites are synonymous with camping in Canada. It always rains in Canada at least one day that keeps us from fishing. The wind always blows so strongly at least one day that keeps us from crossing the lake. We have to cross the lake, of course, because, as always, the best fishing is on the other side of the lake. It’s always where all of the fish are located. Unlike the chicken crossing the road, at least we have a perfectly good reason to cross the lake. I have been going to Canada with most of these fellows since the 1970s, and this was one of the best trips of the batch. Unless the world ends before June 2012, I would bet we will make that 12-hour trek back to Ontario again next year. It looks like the world isn’t going to end before the end of this month either, so June 30 signals the end of Michigan Amnesty. If a taxpayer has a situation where there are penalties due to the State of Michigan for any reason, June 30 will be the last day to get those penalties abated. Michigan is […]