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Empowering Michigan Taxpayers Since 2000


The Tax Clinic's international student and scholar information page for tax year 2023 has been updated. Please click here for more details.  


IRS Notice ImageWe provide free legal services to low-income taxpayers who are in controversy with the Internal Revenue Service and state of Michigan relating to tax matters. Student attorneys from the MSU College of Law are supervised by licensed attorneys under Michigan Court Rule 8.120. The Tax Clinic handles all aspects of controversy with the IRS, including representing taxpayers in cases before the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court. If you have a federal tax problem, the Tax Clinic can also assist with a state of Michigan or city tax matter. Please note that the Tax Clinic does not offer tax return preparation services. See the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for assistance with current and past year tax returns. 

Do you need to find a tax clinic in a different state?  See IRS  Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List, to locate a tax clinic in your area. IRS Publication 4134-(SP), Lista de Talleres para Contribuyentes de Bajos Ingresos(Spanish).

Getting Help from the Tax Clinic

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We serve clients with income less than 250% of the HUD poverty guidelines. We are also limited to tax problems that are less than $50,000 per tax year.

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What to Expect as a Client

Student attorneys, working under Michigan Court Rule 8.120 and the direct supervision of an attorney licensed in Michigan, will represent Clients.

What to Expect


Number of public service hours that Tax Clinic student attorneys worked in 2021


Number of clients we served in 2021


Amount of money we lowered erroneous tax bills in 2021

Our Mission

The Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic ensures the fairness and integrity of the tax system for low-income taxpayers and those who speak English as a second language.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Advocating on the taxpayers' behalf in disputes before the IRS; 
  • Educating taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities; and 
  • Identifying and advocating to change systemic problems that impact low-income taxpayers.



Special Topics

International Students and Scholars

The Tax Clinic supports international students and scholars on campus, who have different tax filing obligations from U.S. residents.

International Students and Scholars

Unfiled Tax Returns

Filing back tax returns is a critical part of solving a tax problem.

Information on catching up on back tax returns.

Scams and Fraud

Taxpayers must be careful of scam artists trying to use the tax system or the IRS to victimize people.

Scams and Frauds