August 18, 2000
IRS Accepting Grant Applications or
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics
WASHINGTON - Organizations providing low-cost legal assistance to people
involved in tax disputes can apply for grants worth up to $100,000 for the 2001 grant
cycle, the Internal Revenue Service announced Friday. Grants are also available for
programs that assist taxpayers for whom English is a second language.
"The IRS matching grant program encourages the creation and growth of low-income
tax clinics across the nation," said IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti.
"These clinics are an important resource for taxpayers who may have nowhere else to
The grant program, now in its third year, continues to expand. In fiscal year
1999, the IRS awarded nearly $1.5 million in Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic grants to 34
groups across the nation. For fiscal year 2000, President Clinton and Congress
approved up to $6 million for qualified applicants. Of this amount, nearly $4.9 million
was awarded to 82 organizations.
Applications for Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic grants must be received by Sept.
25. Details about the grant program were published in Fridayís Federal Register, and
copies of the application package (Publication 3319) are available on the IRS web site
at www.irs.gov under the "Whatís Hot" section.
The grants will be awarded in December 2000 for the grant period commencing
in January 2001.
Qualifying tax clinics may be run by either law, business or accounting schools --
whose students represent taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS or in the courts -- or by
These groups can represent taxpayers in tax-related matters, refer taxpayers to
qualified representatives and provide non-English speaking taxpayers information about
their tax rights and responsibilities. Clinics may charge taxpayers a small fee for legal
The program allows the IRS to award organizations matching grants of up to
$100,000 a year to develop, expand or continue low-income taxpayer clinics.
The grant application process considers a variety of factors, including the clinic
programís quality of service, the number of low-income taxpayers served and how many
people in the clinicís service area use English as a second language.
The IRS has been helping low-income taxpayers for years through such
programs as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the
Elderly (TCE). More information about those programs is available by calling the IRSís
toll-free help line at 1-800-829-1040.
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