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Represent Low-Income Taxpayers in a Tax Controversy

Volunteers represent taxpayers who have a current tax controversy before the IRS. Primary responsibilities may include: explaining IRS letters/notices to taxpayers; drafting responses to correspondence audits (including denials of EITC); arranging separation of liability for joint filers in “innocent spouse” situations; preparing tax returns ancillary to a current IRS controversy; filing amended returns to add undeclared income, exemptions and/or deductions to which the client is entitled; assisting with collections matters and payment of assessed tax; negotiating on the client’s behalf; or assisting unrepresented taxpayers in Tax Court.

Tax

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Our free tax clinic assists low-income taxpayers with tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Approximately 20–50 hours, over several months.

Training and support

The Clinic provides training and support to volunteers on an as-needed basis.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

litigation; subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

Represent Low-Income Taxpayers in a Tax Controversy

Volunteers represent taxpayers who have a current tax controversy before the IRS. Primary responsibilities may include: explaining IRS letters/notices to taxpayers; drafting responses to correspondence audits (including denials of EITC); arranging separation of liability for joint filers in “innocent spouse” situations; preparing tax returns ancillary to a current IRS controversy; filing amended returns to add undeclared income, exemptions and/or deductions to which the client is entitled; assisting with collections matters and payment of assessed tax; negotiating on the client’s behalf; or assisting unrepresented taxpayers in Tax Court.

Tax

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Our free tax clinic assists low-income taxpayers with tax controversies before the Internal Revenue Service.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Approximately 20–50 hours, over several months.

Training and support

The Clinic provides training and support to volunteers on an as-needed basis.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

litigation; subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL