The Clinic for Low Income Taxpayersone of 11 legal clinics at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, recently received a $100,000 grant for 2022 from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent arm of the Internal Revenue Service.
This is the maximum grant awarded under the program and will be used to continue to fund the clinic’s work in representing, educating and advocating for low-income taxpayers and those for whom English is a second language who could not otherwise afford legal representation.
The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic was established as part of the school’s clinical program in the fall of 2014. It represents indigent taxpayers in active tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service.
The clinic’s faculty, staff, and volunteer advocates have contributed more than 25,000 hours to clinic-related activities, of which more than 5,600 were provided by volunteers. Law students, in conjunction with clinic faculty, have represented or consulted nearly 500 taxpayers, obtained over $113,000 in federal refunds, and corrected or compromised over $1.5 million in federal tax debts, penalties and interest.
The clinic is run by Sarah Narkiewicz, Associate Dean of Clinical Education. Jennifer Stoll is the supervising attorney.