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Bar News - February 8, 2008

Low-Income Taxpayer Project Training Gains New Volunteers


New Hampshire attorneys have a long history of providing pro bono legal services to those in the state that are unable to pay for representation due to limited income.  In keeping with that history, approximately 25 attorneys and several interested Pierce Law students attended the Pro Bono Low-Income Taxpayer Projectís (LITP) fifth annual volunteer training held on December 6, 2007.  Attendees included seasoned tax professionals as well as recent NH Bar admittees wanting to learn how to help the stateís low-income taxpayers and their families to resolve federal income tax controversies.


The seminar began with an update about the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) by NH Taxpayer Advocate Marsha Simmons and TAS Case Advocate Janet Rumford.  Attorney Craig Standish of the McLane law firm also provided information about the IRSí updated allowable living expense standards.  The final portion of the seminar included a lively presentation and discussion by Attorneys Mark Cornell and Michael Chubrich about the interplay of federal tax issues and bankruptcy. 


The Project thanks the faculty and all those who attended this yearís training. As a result, the LITP has several new attorneys who have joined the volunteer panel.  The Project, however, is always looking for new volunteers to help with federal income tax controversy cases.  Those who practice in this area have specialized skills that can help others who are in need of assistance to obtain relief from the burden of a pending dispute with the IRS.  Time and time again we hear about the real difference our volunteers make on the lives of those who have felt discouraged, frustrated and out of options. 


Please consider using your skills to make a difference in someone elseís life.  The Low-Income Taxpayer Project screens all cases and provides ongoing case support with each referral.  If you want to help but do not have tax law experience, the Project can provide training materials and mentors.  To learn more about the Project, please contact the coordinator Joceline Champagne at 715-3262 or


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