IRS accepting applications for 2019 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grants
The Internal Revenue Service today announced that the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2019 will run from May 16, 2018, to June 27, 2018.
The LITC program is a federal grant program administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson. Under the program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain an LITC. An LITC must provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee.
For calendar year 2018, the IRS awarded just over $11.8 million in matching grants to 134 organizations across the country for the development, expansion or continuation of LITCs. A listing of the 2018 LITC grant recipients is available on IRS.gov.
The mission of LITCs is to ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a second language:
- By providing pro bono representation on their behalf in tax disputes with the IRS;
- By educating them about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers; and
- By identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers.