By: Francine Lipman
There has not been a great deal of good news lately about underserved communities or the IRS. But today America received some great news about nine new Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) in underserved areas across America. Five of the nine are in law schools.
The new LITC grants are for the last six months of 2016 and the grantees are as follows:
- Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York received $42,000
- Touro Law Center, Central Islip, New York received $47,000
- South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas received $43,000
- Texas A&M University, Fort Worth, Texas received $43,000
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah received $45,000
- Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc., Riverside, CA received $50,000
- JCVision and Associates, Inc., Hinesville, Georgia received $25,000
- New Mexico Legal Aid, Albuquerque, N.M. received $40,678
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, received $50,000
Congratulations to all nine new LITCs in America and the soon to be served underserved taxpayers and their families! This is tax justice at its best.
While these clinics fill some of the geographic gaps in LITC service, there are still underserved communities. A list of the geographic areas on the original announcement that didn’t receive funding for a new clinic (yet) are as follows
- California (El Dorado, Imperial, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties)
- Illinois (southern)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- Tennessee (eastern)
- Washington (central)
Thank you Congress for funding this wonderful program!