Information for Potential LITC Grantees

The IRS provides matching grants of up to $100,000 per calendar year to develop, expand, or continue the operation of a qualified Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). Qualified LITCs include organizations that represent low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS and conduct education and outreach to taxpayers who speak English as a second language (ESL) for free or a nominal fee.

LITCs are operated by legal aid and legal services organizations, clinical programs at accredited law, business or accounting schools, and other non-profit organizations that serve low income individuals and families.

How do I find more information about applying for a grant?

IRS to Announce Supplemental Application Period for 2021 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants

Is your organization interested in applying for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program grant? Be prepared! In March, the IRS will announce a supplemental LITC Program grant application period opening on March 15 for the 2021 grant year. Currently, there are no LITCs in Nevada, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Puerto Rico. Additionally, several states – Arizona, Florida, Idaho, and Pennsylvania – have limited LITC coverage. Priority consideration will be given to qualified organizations that can provide services in these areas. Applicants selected to receive a 2021 grant will receive partial-year funding.

Watch this video and review Publication 3319, LITC Grant Application Package and Guidelines PDF, for program participation requirements, standards for operating an LITC, and information about how to apply. Be sure to note actions that should be initiated before applying. Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List PDF, provides location and contact information for current LITCs, and the languages in which each offers services. Of the 129 LITCs presently funded, 66 are with legal services organizations, 41 are at academic institutions, 17 are part of community-based nonprofit organizations, and five are sponsored by bar associations or are pro bono volunteer-focused organizations.

If you have questions about the LITC Program or grant application process, please contact the LITC Program Office at 202-317-4700 (not a toll-free call) or by email at LITCProgramOffice@irs.gov.

A separate application period for the 2022 grant year will open May 3.

Download the Presentation PDF from the training call on May 12, 2020.

See Publication 3319, Grant Application Package and Guidelines PDF. This publication outlines the guidelines and requirements for receiving an LITC grant and provides instructions on how to apply.

The Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List PDF show the location of current LITCs.

See the Taxpayer Advocate Service website for more information on LITCs.