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Thursday, May 30, 2013

IRS Seeks Grant Applications for $6 Million in Funding for Low Income Taxpayer Clinics

IRS Logo 2The IRS announced today (IR-2013-57) that it is accepting grant applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinics for the 2014 grant cycle (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014). Applications will be accepted through July 12, 2013. The LITC program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand, or maintain a low income taxpayer clinic. The IRS will award a total of up to $6,000,000. 

The IRS welcomes all applications and will ensure that each application receives full consideration. The IRS is particularly interested in receiving applications from organizations that will operate in areas that are currently underserved.

Currently underserved areas are as follows:

Identified States for New or Existing Clinics
Alaska, Alabama, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota
Identified Metropolitan Areas for New Clinic Applications
Los Angeles, California, including the following counties: Los Angeles, Kern, Riverside, Ventura
Sacramento, California, including the following counties: El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, including the following counties: Berks, Delaware, Philadelphia
St. Louis, Missouri, including the following counties: Cape Girardeau, Jefferson, St. Francois, St. Louis

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In the scheme of things, 6 million isn't a huge amount of money for the federal government. I think these clinics could help lower income individuals file taxes more effectively and possibly claim more deductions. They may also encourage people who have been negligent when filing taxes to step forward and start filing. It's a win win for both parties.

Posted by: Tate | May 31, 2013 12:12:57 PM