Tuesday, February 23, 2021
IR-2021-41 (Feb. 19, 2021), Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Represented Over 20,000 Taxpayers Dealing With an IRS Tax Controversy; See the Latest Program Report and the 2021 LITC Grant Recipient List:
The Internal Revenue Service's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program office today announced highlights from its 2020 annual report, featuring successful taxpayer outreach to thousands of taxpayers. The report describes how LITCs provide representation, education and advocacy for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a second language (ESL). The program also announced its 2021 LITC grant recipient list. ...
During 2019, LITCs represented 20,259 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy. They helped taxpayers secure more than $6.8 million in tax refunds and reduced taxpayers' liabilities by more than $50 million. They also brought more than 4,100 taxpayers back into payment compliance.
Through outreach and education activities, LITCs strived to ensure individuals understood their rights as U.S. taxpayers by conducting more than 1,800 educational activities that were attended by nearly 42,000 people. More than 1,500 volunteers contributed to the success of LITCs by contributing over 52,500 hours of their time. More than 65% of the volunteers were attorneys, certified public accountants, or enrolled agents.
LITCs used a variety of approaches to successfully advocate for taxpayers. These included utilizing collection alternatives to resolve issues administratively within the IRS, litigating cases in the United States Tax Court and other federal courts, and elevating systemic issues through the Taxpayer Advocate Service's Systemic Advocacy Management System. ...
Through the LITC Program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations. IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List provides a list of the 2021 LITC grant recipients by geographic area, including contact information and details about the languages, in addition to English, in which each LITC offers services.