Low income taxpayer clinic grants available

Low income taxpayer clinic grants available The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting grant applications for 2004 under the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program.

Organizations providing low-cost or no-cost legal assistance to people involved in tax disputes can apply for matching grants worth up to $100,000. According to the IRS, tax-exempt organizations and accredited law, business, or accounting schools are eligible to apply.

The money may be used to develop, expand, or continue a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, the IRS says. Grants are also available for programs that inform taxpayers, for whom English is a second language, of their tax rights and responsibilities.

These clinics have become an important resource for taxpayers who may have nowhere else to turn, the IRS says. Begun in 1999, LITC grants now assist 138 organizations and schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia. This year, Vale-based Technology for the Rural Enhancement of Communities became the first organization in South Dakota to receive a grant under this program.

The application package (Publication 3319) is available at www.irs.gov/advocate or may be ordered by calling the IRS toll-free at 1-800-TAX-FORM (829-3676). Applications are due July 1 and may be submitted by mail or electronically at www.egratns.I

RS.gov.

For more information about the LITC Program or grant application process, send an e-mail to LITCProgramOffice

@irs.gov or call 404-338-7185.

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