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The MSU College of Law Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is a free legal-aid clinic that provides legal services to low-income taxpayers who are in controversy with the Internal Revenue Service and educational services relating to tax matters to those for whom English is a second language. We will arrange to meet with clients at other times on an as-needed basis.  The Tax Clinic also provides important tax-related legal services to indigent Michigan taxpayers.

At the same time, the Tax Clinic offers an excellent clinical education program for MSU College of Law students, extending learning beyond the classroom for the benefit of the community. Students receive 10 weeks of intensive training on IRS practice and procedures.  They must also complete 296 service hours each semester.  Under Michigan Court Rule 8.120, second- and third-year law students are permitted to represent Tax Clinic clients under the supervision of clinical faculty, all of whom are members of the State Bar of Michigan with experience in tax law.

The Tax Clinic handles all aspects of controversy with the IRS, including representing taxpayers in cases before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court, and federal appeals courts.

IRS Help Days!

Do you need help with an IRS or State of Michigan tax problem?  IRS Help Days bring IRS and State of Michigan Treasury employees all into one place so you can get your tax problem worked out quick.  Tax attorneys are also available for free consultation.

 

Top 10 Rules for Solving a Tax Problem
by Prof. Joshua Wease

10. Tax problems can take a while to solve.
The IRS has specific processes to solve tax problems, but they can take a while to work through (10 months on average)

9. Solving a tax problem always requires documents and information from you. 
Sometimes the amount of documents is significant depending on your problem.

8. Bureaucracy demands that forms must be submitted.
And sometimes those forms are required in a very short period of time.

7. Tax problems always come with deadlines.
Miss a deadline and you could be stuck with a debt that you should not owe.

6. You have rights!
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights ensures that the IRS deals with you fairly. If not, there is always the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

5. Tax problems not only never solve themselves, but will
increase over time.
Waiting to solve a tax problem now only means fewer (and more limited) options for you later.

4. Prevent a tax problem in the first place by using a quality tax return preparer or CPA.
Don’t believe the hype. Any competent tax return preparer will get you the exact same result on your tax return (refund or owe).

3. There is nothing secret about the IRS.
Their entire playbook, the Internal Revenue Manual, is free online.

2. The burden is always on you to prove that you are entitled to certain tax benefits or claims.
The IRS is not obligated to just take your word for it.  To prove you are entitled to certain credits or deductions, you will need proper documentation.

1. YOU ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE FOR SOLVING YOUR TAX PROBLEM.

Solving a tax problem will always require us to get supporting documents and information from you.  This will be necessary throughout the tax resolution process.  The IRS and Michigan Department of Treasury makes various demands for documents and information with only a short time frame to respond.  It is critical that we keep open line of communication open with our clients to best serve them.

 

IRS Provides Tips on Determining If It’s Really The IRS At Your Door

The Internal Revenue Service has created a special new page on IRS.gov to help taxpayers determine if a person visiting their home or place of business claiming to be from the IRS is legitimate or an imposter. Learn more about it.

 

Internal Revenue Service and Taxpayer Advocate Service YouTube Videos

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