IRS publishes list of clinics for low-income taxpayers

LITCs help low-income taxpayers resolve tax disputes with the IRS.

LITCs help low-income taxpayers resolve tax disputes with the IRS.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program office announced that List of Clinics for Low Income Taxpayers is now available.

If is one low-income taxpayer who needs help resolving a tax dispute with the IRS such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes and cannot afford representation, you may qualify for free or low-cost assistance from an LITC.

People eligible for this assistance are generally taxpayers whose income is generally at or below 250% of the federal poverty guideline.

IRS Publication 4134, List of Clinics for Low-Income Taxpayers, provides information about LITCs by geographic area, including contact information and details about the languages, other than English, in which each LITC offers services.

LITCs can represent taxpayers in court and before the IRS. They also provide information on taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages.

The LITC program receives federal grants administered by the Taxpayer Advocate Service, led by National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins.

Through the LITC program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations.

LITCs provide services for free or for a small fee, and although they receive grants from the IRS, work independently to help and advocate for taxpayers.

There are currently no LITCs in the states of Montana and North Dakota, the territory of Puerto Rico, as well as unserved counties in the states of Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Organizations interested in representing, educating and advocating for low-income taxpayers and people who speak English as a second language can review the latest application packet HERE.

Individuals requiring additional information about the LITC program or the application process may contact Karen Tober at [email protected].

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