Amanda Gray | June 2, 2019
Vincent, a South Bend restaurant worker, came to the Notre Dame Clinical Law Center last summer looking for help with back taxes he owed. The situation was complex, and the paperwork was daunting — especially for someone, like Vincent, whose first language is not English.
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Danny Domingo ’14, ’15 M.S.A., ’19 J.D. started working at the Notre Dame Tax Clinic at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester and immediately received Vincent’s case. Vincent — his name has been changed in this article to protect his privacy — got much more than tax help at the Clinical Law Center. He also received financial planning assistance and legal counseling that helped him access more than $10,000 of his own money that he thought had been seized.
“I was sympathetic to his case from the beginning,” Domingo said. “He had some health issues, was considered low income, and had a substantial IRS debt, especially compared to his take-home pay. He came to the clinic because he had been receiving demanding letters from the IRS. He was overwhelmed and didn’t know where to begin.”
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