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John McGown, Jr.

Of Counsel
PHONE   208.344.6000
FAX   208.954.5237
EMAIL   jmcgown@hawleytroxell.com
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John McGown is an experienced tax attorney, with depth in a broad range of tax-related areas achieved through over 30 years of practicing law with Idaho’s oldest and largest law firm. He has taught graduate courses in estate planning, partnership tax, state taxation, tax-exempt organizations, and personal financial planning.

John has served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the Idaho State Bar and of the Idaho Tax Practitioner Liaison Committee (to the IRS). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America by having been selected in (1) Tax Law and (2) Trusts and Estates annually since 2007. For 2013, he was selected as Boise Tax Law Lawyer of the Year. John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, where he was selected in Tax, Estate Planning & Probate and Non-Profit (2013 and 2014).

John was selected to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award in 2014. It is the highest singular recognition bestowed upon any individual member of the Idaho State Bar. This award is given to an attorney (or attorneys) each year who has distinguished the profession through exemplary conduct and many years of dedicated service to the profession and to Idaho citizens.

In his spare time, John enjoys being active outdoors and has completed 17 Races to Robie Creek (toughest half marathon in the West) and reached the Summit of Mt. Borah, Idaho’s highest point.

Specialties: John McGown practices general tax law, estate planning, tax disputes, tax-exempt organizations, and probate law. He also practices as a mediator.


Practice Areas

Education

Law School: University of Denver, LL.M., in Taxation, 1981, top five percent of class

University of Colorado, J.D., 1974

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, B.S., Accounting, 1971

Community Activities

Law Day Volunteer, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Pioneer Toastmasters 1990-2011, President 1991

Sunday School Teacher, 1998-1999, 2003-2004

Volunteer Mediator for Idaho State Bar Fee Dispute Program, 2003-present

The ARC, Inc., Board of Directors, 1987-1993 and President, 1991-1992

Professional Activities

Visiting Professor, University of Idaho College of Law, 2010

Adjunctive Faculty, University of Idaho College of Law, 2006

Adjunctive Faculty, Boise State University teaching Research in Federal Taxation, 1983

Associate Professor, Boise State University, 2000-2002 (graduate faculty)

Deputy District Attorney, Weld County, Colorado, 1975-1978

Certified Public Accountant: Colorado, 1975 (inactive); Idaho, since 1982

 


john-mcgown

John McGown, Jr.

Of Counsel
PHONE   208.344.6000
FAX   208.954.5237
EMAIL   jmcgown@hawleytroxell.com

Biography

John McGown is an experienced tax attorney, with depth in a broad range of tax-related areas achieved through over 30 years of practicing law with Idaho’s oldest and largest law firm. He has taught graduate courses in estate planning, partnership tax, state taxation, tax-exempt organizations, and personal financial planning.

John has served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the Idaho State Bar and of the Idaho Tax Practitioner Liaison Committee (to the IRS). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America by having been selected in (1) Tax Law and (2) Trusts and Estates annually since 2007. For 2013, he was selected as Boise Tax Law Lawyer of the Year. John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, where he was selected in Tax, Estate Planning & Probate and Non-Profit (2013 and 2014).

John was selected to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award in 2014. It is the highest singular recognition bestowed upon any individual member of the Idaho State Bar. This award is given to an attorney (or attorneys) each year who has distinguished the profession through exemplary conduct and many years of dedicated service to the profession and to Idaho citizens.

In his spare time, John enjoys being active outdoors and has completed 17 Races to Robie Creek (toughest half marathon in the West) and reached the Summit of Mt. Borah, Idaho’s highest point.

Specialties: John McGown practices general tax law, estate planning, tax disputes, tax-exempt organizations, and probate law. He also practices as a mediator.


Practice Areas

Education

Law School: University of Denver, LL.M., in Taxation, 1981, top five percent of class

University of Colorado, J.D., 1974

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, B.S., Accounting, 1971

Community Activities

Law Day Volunteer, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Pioneer Toastmasters 1990-2011, President 1991

Sunday School Teacher, 1998-1999, 2003-2004

Volunteer Mediator for Idaho State Bar Fee Dispute Program, 2003-present

The ARC, Inc., Board of Directors, 1987-1993 and President, 1991-1992

Professional Activities

Visiting Professor, University of Idaho College of Law, 2010

Adjunctive Faculty, University of Idaho College of Law, 2006

Adjunctive Faculty, Boise State University teaching Research in Federal Taxation, 1983

Associate Professor, Boise State University, 2000-2002 (graduate faculty)

Deputy District Attorney, Weld County, Colorado, 1975-1978

Certified Public Accountant: Colorado, 1975 (inactive); Idaho, since 1982

 


Memberships & Accolades

Bar Admissions

Idaho State Bar Association, founding member and chair 2008-2009 of Taxation, Probate, and Trust Law Section

Professional Memberships

Idaho Society of CPAs, Chair of the Personal Financial Planning Committee, 2007-2009

Idaho Tax Practitioner Liaison Committee (to the Internal Revenue Service) 2003-present, Chair 2007-2009

Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, Executive Committee 1995-2002

United Way of Ada County, Audit Review Panel 1986-1991

American Bar Association, Taxation Section

Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry

Idaho Community Foundation, Inc., member and outside counsel since 1990

Accomplishments

Lawyers of the Year – Boise Tax Law, 2014-15

Best Lawyers in America – “Lawyer of the Year,” Tax Law, 2013

Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law, Trusts, and Estates, 2007-present

Certified as an Estate Planning Specialist since 2010 by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an organization accredited by the American Bar Association.

Helped clients in having their individual income tax returns be accepted as originally filed (with no tax payable) after the IRS issued a “30-day letter” alleging back taxes, interest, and penalties in excess of $3.7 million


Articles & Publications

A frequent lecturer, John McGown has conducted over 100continuing education presentations to various professional groups.

For almost 20 years, Mr. McGown served as the column editor for “Tax Thoughts” in The Advocate, a monthly publication of the Idaho State Bar Association. He is the author of numerous articles published in TAXESThe Tax Magazine, Taxation for Lawyers, The State and Local Tax Lawyer, The Journal of Taxation, The Journal of State Taxation, and the Idaho Law Review.

He was the Idaho correspondent for State Tax Notes, a national publication by Tax Analysts, 1993-2009. He served as editor of Idaho Tax Alert for over five years.

Idaho Author, The State and Local Tax Lawyer, 1996-2005.

Co-author: “State Taxation of Trusts and Their Beneficiaries When There Are Multiple State Contacts,” Journal of State Taxation, 2001.

“Major Charitable Gifts – How Much Control Can Donors Keep and Charities Give Up?” Journal of Taxation, 1999.

“Individuals Escape Penalties for Failure to Amend Incorrect Federal Tax Returns,” 24 Idaho Law Review 234, 1988.

Column Editor, Tax Thoughts, The Advocate, 1984-2003. Co-author: “The Evolution of Powers of Attorney in Idaho: What a Practitioner Needs to Know About Their Advantages, Limitations and How to Use Them.” The Advocate (Journal of the Idaho State Bar Association), Vol. 55, No. 8, pp. 26-32 (2012).