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Bar News - September 19, 2008


Low-Income Taxpayer Project Welcomes Back Mary Gillum

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On September 25, 2008, Pro Bono’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) will welcome back Attorney Mary Gillum of the Tennessee Taxpayer Project to the Bar Center in Concord as the featured speaker at a two-hour seminar on current federal tax issues impacting lower-income taxpayers. Those who attended Pro Bono’s 2006 tax seminar know she is a dynamic and extremely knowledgeable speaker who shares practical advice and practice tips that can be used when handling Pro Bono tax cases, and beyond. One attendee commented that Attorney Gillum was "energetic, enthusiastic, and informative. She provided useful insights and practical advice in addressing tax issues with the IRS."
Attorney Gillum, whose program in her home state represents 400 low-income taxpayers annually, including 30 cases before the US Tax Court, will cover such current issues as:

· Federal tax consequences of debt forgiveness, especially in the area of mortgage foreclosures;

· Collection due process – from final levy notice to hearing; and

· Recent developments in the appeals process.

At a roundtable seminar from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the training format will encourage participants to share their experiences and ask questions. This seminar is especially geared toward our more experienced volunteers, but all of our LITP volunteers are welcome to attend. Those who have not volunteered for us in the past but are willing to do so as we move forward are also welcome to attend. An informal reception will be held after the seminar and will include some light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and network with Attorney Gillum and fellow volunteers.

Tax Basics CLE coming

Volunteers interested in a refresher or those who are new to tax law and want to learn more about how to represent a taxpayer before the IRS, as well as gain information about other areas of tax law, should mark your calendars for the NH Bar Association CLE Committee’s Tax Basics program on November 20, 2008. Active Pro Bono tax volunteers and attorneys willing to accept a Pro Bono tax case within four months of the program will receive a reduced tuition rate. More details about this program can be found at the NHBA website, under the NHBA-CLE link, or see page 18 of this edition of the Bar News.

Pro Bono’s Taxpayer Project is the only representation-based tax clinic in the state funded through the IRS’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Program. Since its inception in 2003 with the support of several prominent members of New Hampshire’s tax bar, the Project has helped many of New Hampshire’s most needy citizens, including working, low-wage earners as well as many disabled and retired senior citizens. Project volunteers assist with a variety of tax controversies, including innocent and injured spouse relief claims, IRS audits, Earned Income Tax Credit issues, and social security levies and property liens.

If you want to register for the upcoming round-table seminar with Attorney Gillum or if you have any questions about either seminar or Pro Bono’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project in general, please contact Joceline Champagne at jchampagne@nhbar.org or 603-715-3262.

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