DID YOU KNOW… [Courtesy of WI JUDICARE, Inc., LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC (LITC)]

…Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., provides a service called the “Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) to assist low and moderate income families with tax controversies?

Yes; Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., a non-profit corporation, understands that the majority of taxpayers want to comply with tax laws, but may need help from tax professionals.  If you are a low income taxpayer*** who needs assistance in resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and you cannot afford representation, or if you speak English as a second language and need help understanding your taxpayer rights and responsibilities, you may qualify for help from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) that provides free or nominal costs assistance.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics represent low income taxpayers before the IRS and assist taxpayers in audits, appeals and collection disputes.  LITCs can also help taxpayers respond to IRS notices and correct account problems.

Although Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics receive partial funding from the IRS, LITCs, their employees, and their volunteers are completely independent of the federal government.  These clinics are operated by nonprofit organizations or academic institutions.  This is not a recommendation by the IRS that you retain the services of a LITC or other similar organization to represent you before the IRS.  Each clinic independently decides if you meet the income eligibility guidelines and other criteria before it agrees to represent and assist you.

Wisconsin Judicare’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic may be able to help with the following:

  • Claiming Earned Income Tax Credits\
  • Audits/Exams
  • Innocent Spouse Declarations
  • Offers-in-Compromise
  • Responding to Letters from the IRS

The attorneys, for the most part, will not prepare tax returns.

 ELIGIBILITY ~ If you are a low-income taxpayer who cannot afford professional tax assistance during audits of your federal income tax return, you may qualify for help via Judicare’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic.  Using poverty guidelines published annually by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), each Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) decides if you meet the income eligibility guidelines and other criteria before it agrees to assist and/or represent you.  A controversy clinic receiving federal funding must have at least 90% of the taxpayers served with incomes that do not exceed 250% of the poverty guidelines.

BEFORE CALLING:  Have the following materials ready when contacting the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic for the first time.  Questions may be answered more easily if these items are in your possession during your contact with the LITC:

  1. Any tax bills, letters from the IRS;
  2. Copies of letters written to the IRS;
  3. Your Social Security Number;
  4. Your current income.

Each year, changes in tax laws and forms add to the complexity of working with the IRS.  Many individuals need to file additional forms in order to get  Earned Income Credit and child tax credits due.

***For more information, including eligibility requirements, you may contact Wisconsin Judicare, Inc., using any of the following means: www.judicare.org OR  1-800-472-1638.

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