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John McGown, Jr.

Of Counsel
PHONE 208.344.6000   FAX 208.954.5237   EMAIL

John McGown practices general tax, estate planning, tax disputes, tax-exempt organizations, and probate law. A certified public accountant, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 1997.

Active in State of Idaho tax issues, Mr. McGown successfully represented the taxpayer in what were reputed to be three of the four largest individual income tax deficiency cases ever issued by the Idaho State Tax Commission. He is one of a handful of individuals nationwide to be certified as a qualified mediator for multistate tax disputes under the Multistate Tax Commission’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Program. He has served as outside counsel to the Idaho Community Foundation, Inc. for over 20 years.

Mr. McGown is on the Executive Planning Committee of the Idaho State Tax Institute and served on the Executive Committee of Associated Taxpayers of Idaho.

Practice Areas


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


Main Office: 877 W Main Street, Ste 1000, Boise, Idaho 83702   208.344.6000
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