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Editor: Paul L. Caron, Dean
Pepperdine University School of Law

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Celebrate 20 Years Of Taxpayer Service

LITC 20th AnniversaryTaxpayer Advocate Service Blog, Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Celebrate 20 Years of Taxpayer Service:

July 22, 2018 mark[ed] the 20th anniversary of Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC). Low Income Taxpayer Clinics were enacted by Congress on July 22, 1998, as part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. The LITC program today consists of 134 clinics in 48 states and the District of Columbia. From 2013 to 2016, LITCs:

  • represented more than 100,000 low income taxpayers with IRS controversies; and
  • educated more than 450,000 low income taxpayers along with those for whom English is a second language about their rights and responsibilities under the tax code. ...

Pepperdine Law School is proud to offer a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at our location on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles at the Union Rescue Mission, led by Isai Cortez.

Each year, the IRS may award grants up to $100,000 (based upon availability of appropriated funds) to qualifying organizations for development, expansion or continuation of an LITC. In 1999, the IRS awarded grants totaling less than $1.5 million to 34 entities located in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The LITC Program Office’s history of recruiting efforts coupled with sound judgment in selecting federal grant recipients has fostered the growth of a nationwide network of independent organizations working towards a common purpose in their local communities. In 2018, the IRS awarded more than $11.8 million in grants to 134 grantees located in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

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