Assisting low-income communities with tax issues
The Loyola University Chicago School of Law Federal Tax Clinic's proven success and dependability has given student representatives the opportunity to effectively and efficiently resolve clients' federal tax controversies. The Clinic works to provide education and assistance to low-income and English as a second language communities on Federal Tax issues through free workshops and presentations. Since 1987, the Clinic has assisted low income taxpayers in resolving tax matters with the IRS involving significant amounts in controversy.
Each semester the Clinic works on 40-50 client cases. Students also have the opportunity to educate taxpayers through workshops and presentations throughout the semester. These clients provide a wide variety of tax controversies that provide learning experiences for students. Each student will have the opportunity to represent at least five clients during a semester as well as develop a close working relationship with the Director and Assistant Director of the Federal Tax Clinic.
The educational objective of the Clinic is to prepare students by practicing fundamental lawyering skills through the development of:
- Educational workshops and presentations to low-income and ESL taxpayers
- Recognition and resolution of professional and ethical dilemmas
- Factual investigation
- Client interviewing and counseling
- Letter writing to clients and government agencies
- Drafting legal memorandum and other legal documents
- Problem solving, legal analysis, and research
- Hands-on experience negotiating settlements with revenue agents, appeals officers, and attorneys for the IRS
- Prepare cases for IRS conferences at Exam/Collection/Appeals/Chief Counsel
- Learning the importance of pro bono work