Bar News - April 20, 2016
Pro Bono Taxpayer Project Gets Federal Funding Increase
The NHBA Pro Bono Referral Programís Low-Income Taxpayer Project has received an increase in funding for 2016 and is expanding its efforts to assist disadvantaged taxpayers in New Hampshire.
The Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) recently received approval for $75,000 in funding from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), a division of the IRS, for 2016, up from $57,000 for 2015.
The LITP is part of the nationwide TAS Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program and provides representation before the IRS to low- and moderate-income New Hampshire residents facing federal income tax controversies. Recently, the LITP began conducting workshops on tax matters for people who speak English as a second language and engaging in systemic advocacy, to help improve the federal tax system for all taxpayers.
As a project of the Pro Bono Referral Program, the LITP refers many of its cases to Bar members for pro bono representation and offers training materials, mentoring, and continuing legal education programs for those interested in assisting LITP clients. The LITP currently has two part-time attorneys on staff: Coordinator Barbara Heggie and Kerstin Cornell. In addition to her position at the LITP, Heggie helps staff a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VISTA) site during tax season; Cornell assists the Lawyer Referral Service during her off-hours.
For more information about the LITP, or about how New Hampshire attorneys can volunteer for the clinic, please call Heggie at (603) 715-3215, email her at email@example.com, or visit www.nhbar.org for more information.