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Low Income Taxpayer Clinics

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The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program is a matching grant program that provides Federal funds to organizations so they in turn can provide LITC services to taxpayers who are low income or who speak English as a second language (ESL).

Clinics participating in the LITC program provide:

  • Representation for individuals in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including audits, appeals, collection matters, and federal tax litigation. LITCs can also help taxpayers respond to IRS notices and correct account problems
  • Education about taxpayer rights and responsibilities
  • Advocacy on behalf of low income and ESL taxpayers

LITC services are free or low cost for eligible taxpayers. LITCs are independent from the IRS but receive some of their funding from the IRS through the LITC grant program. Each clinic determines whether prospective clients meet income guidelines and other criteria before agreeing to represent them.

The IRS will accept applications for a part-year LITC matching grant from qualified organizations in identified underserved geographic areas. See IR-2016-31 for more details. Applications must be submitted electronically at March 1 – April 1, 2016. Grants made under this announcement will cover the period July 1 – December 31, 2016.

The 2017 grant application period will open in the spring of 2016.

Taxpayers seeking LITC services, click here.

Organizations wishing to apply for a grant, click here.

Learn more about the LITC Program.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 01-Mar-2016