Jim Biehl

Jim Biehl


As the leader of the firm’s manufacturing & distribution team Jim is known for his engaged & energetic approach and deep industry knowledge.

What is your area of focus?

I manage the firm’s Manufacturing & Distribution practice as well as a portfolio of closely-held businesses where I provide guidance on the tax, finance, operational and accounting issues that impact a clients’ bottom line. I am focused on utilizing user-friendly communication tools and a hands-on client service approach. My goal is to help business owners navigate the strategic discussions needed to maximize profit and growth.

How long have you been at Clayton & McKervey?

Over 25 years

What is the favorite part about your job?

I enjoy providing my clients with strategic solutions that generate tax savings, solve operational issues or merely provide “peace of mind”.


  • Closely-held corporate tax strategies
  • State and Local Tax (SALT)
  • Succession planning
  • Estate plan assessment and estate liquidity calculations
  • Asset protection strategies
  • Cost segregation studies


  • Master of Science in Taxation, Walsh College
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Central Michigan University


  • Michigan Manufacturers Association
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • PrimeGlobal

Articles by Jim Biehl

Transaction Support

Avoiding Common Transaction Mistakes

Posted on February 15, 2022 by

Ben Smith
Jim Biehl
Most M&A deals go through a number of steps involving a team of accountants, lawyers, and potential buyers analyzing the business through careful assessment of everything from financial records to contracts to intellectual property. Even if your manufacturing business isn't for sale yet, it's critical to understand the M&A process and plan now to avoid common transaction mistakes.

Manufacturers & Distributors

Michigan Manufacturers: Talent Funding

Posted on October 21, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
In talking with manufacturers, we know that talent is a top issue. If you’re a manufacturer in Michigan seeking assistance with talent retention, you don’t want to miss out on applying for the Going PRO Talent Fund. This fund is designed to help employers with training, developing and retaining employees.

Manufacturers & Distributors

Emerging Tech for Manufacturing: Reduce Risks with Cybersecurity

Posted on August 30, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
For many manufacturers, there’s nothing worse than realizing your security has been breached. Whether it is ransomware, spyware, phishing, or an unintended data breach, manufacturing’s growing dependence on technology also leaves it vulnerable to technology-based attacks.

Manufacturers & Distributors

Emerging Tech for Manufacturing: Building Blocks of Blockchain

Posted on July 27, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
Elly Mioduszewski
Along with the health and safety of its people, there may not be anything more important to a manufacturer than the security of its information. For many companies, blockchain ledger is required to create an audit trail for all transactions within a supply chain.

Manufacturers & Distributors

Emerging Tech for Manufacturing: RPA & the Human Workforce

Posted on June 29, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
Elly Mioduszewski
Many of today’s manufacturing jobs include repetitive tasks that could pull qualified talent away from more essential responsibilities. Learn how RPA can emulate the actions of a human workforce and automate specific business processes to work in concert with people.

Manufacturers & Distributors

AI and the Next Wave of Manufacturing Tech

Posted on May 25, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
Elly Mioduszewski
Whether visualizing a task from point A to point B, making a decision based on prior experiences, or interpreting data to do something more efficiently, AI can help your manufacturing facility by removing human error and maximizing human talent.

Manufacturers & Distributors

ERP Systems: Manufacturing’s Next Gen Tech

Posted on April 27, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
Elly Mioduszewski
Manufacturers have always sought the most efficient method for communicating across departments. Learn about the benefits of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and important questions to ask when implementing an ERP system.

Manufacturers & Distributors

5 Emerging Technologies for Manufacturing

Posted on March 30, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
Elly Mioduszewski
Learn about the fast-growing technologies impacting manufacturers today. Each could be a benefit to how your business produces a product, connects with new customers, secures its data or communicates internally and externally.

COVID-19, General, Tax & Assurance Guidance

Do You Qualify for Employee Retention Tax Credit Refunds?

Posted on January 27, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
PPP loan recipients can claim the ERC for eligible wages that were not paid for with PPP forgiven loans. The change is retroactive to March 2020 and means certain businesses should immediately claim refunds. Learn more about the qualification requirements and cash benefits.

COVID-19, General

PPP Loan Round 2 – Should You Apply?

Posted on January 14, 2021 by

Jim Biehl
A new round of PPP loans was ushered in with the passage of the Economic Aid Act on December 27, 2020. In addition to the 2nd draw loans, eligible businesses that did not receive a PPP loan in the first round of funding have an opportunity to apply for a PPP loan. 

COVID-19, Digital Advisory Services, General, Manufacturers & Distributors

Inventory Optimization Creates Expanded Working Capital

Posted on December 14, 2020 by

Jim Biehl
Many businesses were caught off guard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay-at-home orders and mandatory business closures created significant operational challenges.

COVID-19, General, Manufacturers & Distributors

Financial Tips for Managing the COVID-19 Fallout

Posted on November 19, 2020 by

Jim Biehl
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Michigan manufacturing, forcing many to shift strategies to cope under crisis. Here are some financial tips for managing the ongoing COVID-19 fallout.

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