ND Law School Writer | December 6, 2016
The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS recently approved a three-year grant for the Notre Dame Tax Clinic. The IRS awards matching grants through its Low Income Tax Clinic Program to qualifying organizations to develop, expand, or maintain low-income taxpayer clinics. The mission of the LITC program is to represent low-income taxpayers who have controversies with the IRS; educate clients about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers; and identify and advocate for issues that systemically impact low-income taxpayers.
The Notre Dame Tax Clinic opened in the 2016-2017 school year and provides free tax-related legal services to qualified, low-income clients. Second- and third-year law students represent low-income and English-as-a-Second-Language clients in tax disputes with the IRS. It is the Law School’s fifth community-oriented law clinic.
The clinic assists clients with IRS notices, liens, and levies; tax installment agreements; tax audits; tax collection hearings and conferences; earned income and child tax credit denial; and identity theft, among other areas, said Patrick Thomas, director, Notre Dame Tax Clinic.
The number of Indiana residents who find themselves in disputes with the IRS presents a significant community need, said Bob Jones, clinical professor of law and associate dean for experiential programs.