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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.

It's Tax Season!  Sign up for a Seminar Now!

Spring is coming and so is the deadline to file your U.S. tax returns, which is April 17, 2018.  Space is limited. 

You must register to attend a class. If you do not register prior to a class, you will not be allowed to attend that class. Arrive 20 min. prior to start of class to "check in." Classes will begin promptly and run approximately 2 1/2 - 3 hours in length. Late arrivals will NOT be admitted!

Be sure to register as soon as possible.

Please note that all seminars have moved to Sundays this year.

  • Sunday, February 25 9:30 AM
  • Sunday, February 25 130 PM
  • Sunday, March 18 9:30 AM
  • Sunday, March 18 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 8 9:30 AM
  • Sunday, April 8 1:30 PM

Nonresident Students and Scholars Beware at Tax Return Time

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 companies have the ability or knowledge to file these returns.  Also, not all tax preparation software can create a 1040NR and the Form 8843.  DO NOT let a tax return preparation company (or software you may be using) make you file a Form 1040 if you are required to file a 1040NR -- these are very different forms.  Filing the wrong form will result in very costly problems that may require you to pay money back to the IRS for illegal tax deductions and credits.

Tax laws drastically changed on January 1, 2018 - Check your income tax withholding

With the latest 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 biggest change is that deducting a personal exemption for yourself will no longer be allowed when you file your taxes next year.  This means that while this year, you can deduct over $4,000 from your income before you calculate how much tax you owe, next year you will not get this deduction.  This will likely mean that many international students and scholars will owe more taxes on their income next year.  Contact MSU to make sure enough tax is being withheld from your checks so that you do not have a surprise tax bill next spring.   

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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