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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.

Nonresident Aliens Beware

With tax return filing season upon us, it is important for nonresident aliens (especially those who are here on F-1/J-1 visas) to remember that they may have to file a Form 1040NR and Form 8843 with the Internal Revenue Service.  Unfortunately, not all tax preparation software or tax return preparation companies have the ability or knowledge to file these returns.  DO NOT allow a tax return preparation company make you file a Form 1040 if you are required to file a 1040NR.  This can result in very colstly problems that will require you to pay money back to the IRS for illegal tax deductions and credits.

With the new tax reforms in effect, taxpayers should review their income tax withholding (Form W-4)

With the lastest Tax Reform act going into effect January 1, 2018, many taxpayers will need to check the amount of withholding they have withheld from their paychecks. The IRS recently issued advice on how and why you should be careful when you fill out a new W-4 when you start a job and when you have life changes like getting married or having a baby.  Learn more about it.

IRS Private Collection Agency Program

The IRS will begin using private collection agencies to collect on some tax debts.  Learn more about it.

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 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.

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