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Andrew M Steiger

Andrew M Steiger

Steiger Tax Law
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  • Michigan
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Michigan Tax Attorney Andrew M. Steiger focuses his tax practice on tax resolution and planning, and estate planning. If you receive a notice from the IRS or state tax authority, contact Steiger Tax Law before paying any assessments or responding to the IRS. I provide a free consultation to determine the best course of action to reduce or eliminate tax debts, penalties and interest, and respond to liens, levies and notices.

My estate planning services include drafting wills and trusts, probate administration, and tax planning. If you need an estate plan or would like a review of your current estate plan, contact Michigan Estate Planning Attorney Andrew M. Steiger to discuss your options. Your estate plan may require updating from time to time depending on life events. I can evaluate your current plan to determine if it meets your goals.

Steiger Tax Law was founded in 2018 to provide clients with the highest level of service and responsiveness, combined with fair, upfront fees.  Attorney Andrew M. Steiger is licensed to practice law as a member of the Michigan state bar and is a member of the Taxation Section.

Practice Areas
  • Tax Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Probate
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I charge flat fees for many services and $200 hourly for non-flat rate fee services.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P73253
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Member
Steiger Tax Law
- Current
Senior Associate
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
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Senior Associate
Ernst & Young LLP
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Associate
Dykema Gossett PLLC
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Education
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. (2009) | Law
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Honors: cum laude, Order of the Coif
Activities: Law Review Editor
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
M.A. (2004) | Accounting
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Honors: High Distinction
Activities: Graduate Student Instructor
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (2003) | Economics and History
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Honors: Distinction
Awards
Student Tax Award
State Bar of Michigan
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan # P73253
Member
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Website
Steiger Tax Law
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Legal Answers
23 Questions Answered

Q. My mom and brother are my beneficiaries. If I die first, money goes to Mom. If she dies, will my step-father inherit?
A: This is definitely a tricky planning area. The starting point for this type of question typically is whether the money would pass through a will, trust, IRA, joint bank account, etc. A trust may be best to handle this situation depending on the state law where you are domiciled at death. You could give your mom a life estate and withdrawal rights for certain amounts but not allow her to take everything out so your brother get a share at her death, assuming she dies first. Depending on the state law where your mom lives, you’re right to think your step dad could get the money if your mom got it and died before him. It’s possible. Or she could get it and they divorce and he gets a share of that if the state law provides for splitting that money. You probably want to talk it over with an attorney to set up a plan to make sure mom is taken care of but your brother gets the remainder and not risk your step dad getting it.
Q. How can I see if my parents left a will and if me and my sister are a part of it What information will I need and
A: There are a few options that may work. Often times a child of a deceased parent will have to go through the parent’s records and files at the parent’s home to find the will. Another option may be a safety deposit box at the parent’s bank. The existence of a safety deposit box may be found through reviewing bank records and bills for bank services. You could also check with the parent’s personal attorney who may have a copy of the will on file or be aware of the original will’s location. Lastly, the county may have a copy if your parent filed the will with the county. Probably unlikely but possible. This is a common problem and may require a lot of digging. It’s also possible they just didn’t draft one. If they did, and they kept a folder with important documents like birth certificates or bank statements, probably best to check there first. Good luck.
Q. I got a letter from the IRS that I owe $2000 because the tax place I went to did my taxes wrong. What do I do?
A: You can start by going back to that tax provider and explain what they did wrong and ask them to file an amended return for you to correct their mistake. If you still owe tax, and are assessed a penalty and interest, there are steps you may be able to take to avoid the penalty and interest.
Q. How long does the Louisiana department of revenue have to collect back taxes?
A: The answer to this type of question generally depends on whether you filed a tax return. If you did not file a return, the statute of limitations on collections generally does not begin and there is no time limit, although the state department of revenue may have guidelines to how many years back it will look.
Q. How do we determine the cost basis for a piece of land and what is the most tax efficient way to sell the land?
A: This is challenging because you would likely have to look at the law in place in 1985. The 1986 tax reform may have changed the answer. Today you would probably look at cost basis as FMV at time of death where the trust becomes irrevocable. Was the land appraised at the time in 1985 if FMV as basis is the right answer? And then for the second question, you’d have to look at the current law and evaluate all possible scenarios to see what would minimize tax, and for whom. And take potential conflicts into account when advising the three beneficiaries. Definitely need a careful analysis here by a local lawyer and/or accountant.
Q. Father died in 2008. Lawyer brother handled probate in 2009. Did not notify siblings. Do we have recourse?
A: A personal representative is a fiduciary in a probate matter. You should seek out help regarding the statute of limitations related to failure to provide notice to interested parties, among possible courses of action you could consider. It may be too late as another attorney mentioned. You might also ask that attorney if the Michigan state bar attorney disciplinary board should be notified due to your attorney brother’s conduct. You may still have leverage even if you cannot file suit in probate court. Just an idea.
Q. My employer isn't taking the correct amount of federal taxes out if any. Ive tried fixing it for months. What can I do
A: Maybe your employer is attempting to intentionally misclassify you as independent contractors to avoid FICA, Income tax withholding and unemployment taxes. Questions to ask yourself- is this your first year with this employer? Is t in economic trouble? Etc. maybe call your state unemployment insurance board to see if you are classified as an employee. Wouldn’t be the first time something like this has happened.
Q. Military member selling house in GA but not a resident. Is there a way not to pay the 3% withholding tax 48-7-128.
A: That’s a good question. It sounds like the tax is an unconstitutional burden on interstate commerce because it unfairly discriminates against out of state taxpayers. It would seem fair if every owner of real GA property paid the tax because that’s where the property is. But to soak out of state investors seems unconstitutionally unfair to me. Expensive to challenge though unless an interest group would want to challenge it.
Q. According to State of Oregon my son owes 60,000 and is being garnished due to not filing his taxes. He needs help.
A: If it is an Oregon state tax issue, the best thing to do is call a few tax attorneys in Oregon and get some price quotes. You can expect some to quote a flat fee and some to quote hourly. You can also ask attorneys you know to refer you to a trusted colleague.
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Steiger Tax Law
743 Ballantyne Road
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
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Telephone: (248) 259-6367