IRS News Release  
December 18, 2000

IRS Awards 102 Tax Clinics $6 Million to
Help Low-Income Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - As a part of the effort to provide top quality service to America´s taxpayers, the IRS has awarded $6 million for legal assistance this year to low-income taxpayer clinics.

The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant program, now in its third year, is designed to help organizations provide low-cost legal assistance to taxpayers to resolve tax disputes. Organizations operating independent taxpayer clinics can qualify to receive up to $100,000 in matching funds through the program.

This year, 102 organizations will receive funding under the program, which reflects a 24% increase in the number of organizations funded last year.

This year´s LITC recipients represent non-profit organizations and accredited academic institutions from 38 states and the District of Columbia.

In its inaugural year, the LITC program awarded nearly $1.5 million in grants for fiscal year (FY) 1999 and provided $5 million for FY 2000 and $6 million for the current year, FY 2001.

For the FY 2001 program, 141 organizations, representing 40 states and the District of Columbia, submitted applications for LITC grants totaling over $9.8 million. Last year, 88 grant applications requesting funds were submitted.

“We´re pleased to see more and more interest in a program that reaches an important group of taxpayers,” said IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. “The growth of interest in the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program moves us one step closer to getting tax help to people at all income levels.”

The groups selected by the IRS for this year´s grants are:

ALASKA Alaska Business Development Center Anchorage $ 53,427.00

ALABAMA Lawson State Community College Birmingham $ 75,000.00

ARKANSAS University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law Little Rock $ 85,377.00

ARIZONA Community Legal Services, Inc. Phoenix $ 100,000.00 DNA-People's Legal Services, Inc. Window Rock $ 99,986.00

CALIFORNIA Central California Legal Services Fresno $ 80,000.00 Korean Resource Center, Inc. Los Angeles $ 70,000.00 AIDS Project Los Angeles, Inc. Los Angeles $ 12,958.00 Filipino-American Service Group, Inc. Los Angeles $ 35,000.00 California State University Northridge Northridge $ 24,531.00 Chapman University School of Law Orange $ 100,000.00 Assn. of Cultural Social Advancement For Vietnamese, Inc. Redwood City $ 63,315.00 University of San Diego School of Law San Diego $ 100,000.00 Nihonmachi Legal Outreach San Francisco $ 23,164.00 San Francisco Bar Assn. Volunteer Legal Services Prog. San Francisco $ 70,000.00 Legal Aid Society of Orange County Santa Ana $ 70,000.00

COLORADO University of Denver College of Law Denver $ 70,737.00 CONNECTICUT Quinnipiac College, School of Law Hamden $ 100,000.00 University of Connecticut - School of Law Hartford $ 99,999.00

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA American University Washington College of Law Washington $ 100,000.00 Community Tax Aid, Inc. Washington $ 42,000.00

FLORIDA Central Florida Legal Services, Inc. Daytona Beach $ 100,000.00 Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. Jacksonville $ 25,388.74 Legal Services of Greater Miami Miami $ 100,000.00 Legal Services of North Florida, Inc. Tallahassee $ 17,267.83

GEORGIA Georgia State University, College of Law Atlanta $ 100,000.00

HAWAII Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Honolulu $ 35,755.00 Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii Honolulu $ 20,000.00

IOWA Legal Services Corp. of Iowa Des Moines $ 76,837.67

IDAHO University of Idaho College of Law Moscow $ 100,000.00

ILLINOIS Loyola University Chicago School of Law Chicago $ 41,000.00 Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law Chicago $ 100,000.00 Center for Law and Human Services Chicago $ 70,000.00 Korean American Resource and Cultural Center Chicago $ 35,000.00

KENTUCKY Northern Kentucky University Highland Hgts $ 67,156.00 Legal Aid Society, Inc. (Volunteer Lawyer Program) Louisville $ 28,700.00

LOUISIANA New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation New Orleans $ 12,830.00

MASSACHUSETTS Merrimack Valley Legal Services Lowell $ 7,616.00 Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. Lynn $ 11,723.00 Southeastern Mass. Legal Assistance Corp. New Bedford $ 16,800.00 Massachusetts Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Quincy $ 16,030.00 Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc Somerville $ 20,000.00 Bentley College Waltham $ 52,056.00

MARYLAND Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Inc. Baltimore $ 94,864.00 Community Ministry of Montgomery County, Inc. Rockville $ 12,990.00

MAINE Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. Portland $ 70,000.00

MICHIGAN Accounting Aid Society Detroit $ 26,000.00 Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law East Lansing $ 100,000.00 Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Flint $ 53,138.00

MINNESOTA University of Minnesota Law School Minneapolis $ 79,586.00 Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Minneapolis $ 37,000.00

MISSOURI Budget and Financial Management Assistance Kansas City $ 66,850.00 University of Missouri Kansas City/ KC Tax Clinic Kansas City $ 70,000.00 Southwest Missouri State University Springfield $ 37,779.00

MISSISSIPPI Southeast Mississippi Legal Services Corp. Hattiesburg $ 40,000.00 North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Oxford $ 25,000.00

NORTH CAROLINA University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro $ 100,000.00

NEW JERSEY Cape-Atlantic Legal Services Atlantic City $ 35,000.00 Camden Regional Legal Services, Inc. Camden $ 52,500.00 Hispanic Development Corporation Newark $ 10,500.00 Passaic County Legal Aid Society, Inc. Paterson $ 50,000.00 Rutgers University Law School Piscataway $ 100,000.00

NEW MEXICO New Mexico Advocates for Children & Families Albuquerque $ 50,000.00

NEW YORK Albany Law School Albany $ 100,000.00 Bronx Legal Services Bronx $ 70,000.00 Brooklyn Legal Services Corp B Brooklyn $ 70,000.00 Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services Corp. Brooklyn $ 69,751.00 Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. Elmsford $ 50,000.00 Young Korean American Service and Education Center Flushing $ 52,500.00 Ithaca College Ithaca $ 26,867.00 Circulo de la Hispanidad, Inc. Long Beach $ 70,000.00 Project Challenge of Long Island, Inc. Long Beach $ 21,000.00 Fordham University School of Law New York $ 100,000.00 The Legal Aid Society New York $ 70,000.00 Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. New York $ 50,000.00 Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County Rochester $ 10,061.00

OHIO Friendship Foundation of American-Vietnamese, Inc. Cleveland $ 31,428.00 Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Cleveland $ 50,025.00 Lake Erie College Painesville $ 15,322.00

OKLAHOMA Community Action Project of Tulsa County Tulsa $ 50,000.00 OREGON Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) Hillsboro $ 28,000.00 Lewis and Clark Legal Clinic Northwestern College of Law Portland $ 53,000.00

PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia Legal Assistance Center Philadelphia $ 39,598.00 The University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Pittsburgh $ 99,922.00 Duquesne University School of Law Pittsburgh $ 67,410.00 Villanova University School of Law Villanova $ 100,000.00 RHODE ISLAND Rhode Island Tax Clinic, Inc. Providence $ 100,000.00 SOUTH CAROLINA Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program, Inc. Charleston $ 60,000.00 Palmetto Legal Services Columbia $ 66,060.00 Legal Services Agency of Western Carolina, Inc. Greenville $ 70,000.00

TENNESSEE Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, Inc. Oak Ridge $ 100,000.00 TEXAS Central Dallas Food Pantry Inc. Dallas $ 35,000.00 Legal Service of North Texas Dallas $ 39,900.00 Texas Tech University Lubbock $ 100,000.00

VIRGINIA Boat People S.O.S. Inc. Fairfax $ 70,000.00 The Community Tax Law Project Richmond $ 100,000.00

WASHINGTON University of Washington School of Law Seattle $ 85,978.00 Gonzaga University School of Law Spokane $ 38,500.00

WISCONSIN Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Milwaukee $ 62,609.00 University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Milwaukee $ 50,000.00

WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia University College of Law Morgantown $ 16,207.76 Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling $ 70,000.00

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