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Bar News - December 18, 2009

Hon. Joseph Goeke Speaks at Low-income Tax Training


Those pictured from left to right are: William Boesch, Beth Fowler, Judge Goeke and Joceline D. Champagne, NHBA Low-Income Tax Payer Project Coordinator. Attorneys Boesch and Fowler are LITP volunteers and members of the Projectís advisory committee.
On Nov. 6, 2009, United States Tax Court Judge Joseph Goeke joined Pro Bono volunteers and members of the NHBA Tax Section at the NH Pro Bono Low-Income Taxpayer Projectís annual volunteer training. Tax Court is an important forum for many taxpayers who have disputes with a ruling made by the IRS. For low-income taxpayers, however, it is cost-prohibitive to hire an attorney to provide representation, so they look to Pro Bonoís Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) for assistance.

At the seminar, Judge Goeke provided helpful information about how the court operates, as well as practice tips and practical advice for those appearing in the Court. Other speakers included Michael Fiore, an attorney with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Boston, NH Taxpayer Advocate Marsha Simmons, Liz Segovis, an attorney with the Rhode Island Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and Attorney Arthur Kerr of Vacovec, Mayotte & Singer in Newton, MA, who volunteers to help low-income taxpayers through the Boston Bar Association.

The Pro Bono Taxpayer Project extends its appreciation to Judge Goeke and all the speakers who presented at this timely, lively seminar, in addition to the panel of dedicated volunteers who help many low-income taxpayers throughout the year.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or if you have questions about the Project, please contact Joceline Champagne at 603-715-3262 or

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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