Albany Law School's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic recently received an $84,000 grant from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), one of 165 organizations nationwide qualifying for the IRS's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant program.
At Albany Law School's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, led by Professor Deborah Kearns, students represent low income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS in both administrative and judicial proceedings.
Types of cases include:
A major focus of the clinic is to help law students learn the skills necessary for exercising professional judgment in interviews, counseling and negotiation - and, as a last resort, in litigation. Students conduct community outreach to find appropriate cases, and they also accept referrals from tax court, local government agencies and community organizations.