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Bar News - October 16, 2009

Pro Bono Goes to Tax Court

NHBA Pro Bono Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) Coordinator Joceline Champagne recently attended Tax Court in Boston with attorneys from Boston Legal Services and other attorneys participating in a volunteer project of the Boston Bar Association.

The Court that day was hearing "s" cases – small cases where the amount at issue does not exceed $50,000 – with which the Court uses less formal procedures and which do not have a right to appeal. "S" case calendar calls often have taxpayers appearing without representation.

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics across the country have been trying to assist these taxpayers by appearing at the calendar calls to provide advice and sometimes representation. The Pro Bono LITP joined in the effort and met with two taxpayers at the session in September. One was given advice while the other was assisted with negotiating a resolution with the IRS.

Whether you’re a seasoned tax practitioner or new to the area of tax law, consider joining Pro Bono’s efforts to increase the number of taxpayers we assist with these cases. The LITP can provide you with written materials about Tax Court and will match you with a mentor.

The Project is also in the process of planning a seminar to help teach volunteers more about the Tax Court, an independent judicial forum that is not controlled by or connected to the IRS. Seminar speakers will include a US Tax Court judge.

For more information, call the Pro Bono Low-Income Taxpayer Project at 603-228-6028.

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