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About the Taxpayer Clinic and its Mission

The Tax Clinic is supported by funding it receives from a variety of sources, including the IRS, the Law College, the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section, corporations, law firms, and individuals. This program is approved by the State Bar of Michigan as an entity eligible to receive pro bono contributions from attorneys. The Clinic is grateful for the support it has received in the past, and looks forward to receiving additional funding from new donors to expand its critical services.

The Tax Clinic's mission statement capsulate its work:

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a second language (ESL):

  • By providing pro bono representation on their behalf in tax disputes with the IRS; 
  • By educating them about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers; and 
  • By identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program (taken from the IRS website)

Every taxpayer has a right to have access to representation. The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program is designed, as a result of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, to help accredited academic institutions and non profit organizations provide low to no cost tax assistance (such as representing the taxpayer during an audit or tax collection effort) and/or tax outreach to taxpayers for whom English is a second language.

LITCs receive partial funding from the IRS. However, clinics and their volunteers are completely independent of and are not associated with the federal government. Nonprofit organizations, law schools or business schools operate the clinics. Each clinic independently determines if you meet its income guidelines and other criteria before it agrees to represent you. Low income taxpayers may also receive assistance from attorney referral systems operated by state bar associations, local societies of accountants, and other nonprofit tax professional organizations.

The clinics provide representation, tax education and outreach to low income taxpayer with federal tax disputes and taxpayers who speak English as a Second Language.

Board of Directors/Pro Bono Panel

The Tax Clinic maintains a volunteer Board of Directors which serves as its pro bono panel for referral. Current board members are:

Professor Amy McCormick, JD
MSU College of Law

Charles Hodgson, JD
The Law Offices of Charles G Hodgson
Brighton, MI

Eric Nemeth, JD
Varnum LLP
Novi, MI

Michael Vecchioni, CPA
Ernst & Young, LLP
Detroit, MI

Jan Geht, JD, CPA
Bowerman, Bowden, Ford, Clulo & Luyt, PC
Traverse City, MI

Bridgette Austin, JD
Austin & Larson Tax Resolution
Howell, MI

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