The mission of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program is to ensure the fairness and integrity of the federal tax system for all taxpayers, particularly those like low income individuals and taxpayers for whom English is a second language (ESL).
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Through the LITC Program, Southwestern PA Legal Services represent individual low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS including U.S. Tax Court.
Educate low income and ESL taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers.
Identify and advocate for issues that impact low income taxpayers.
Although LITCs receive partial funding from the IRS, LITCs, their employees, and their volunteers are completely independent of the IRS.
In order to qualify for assistance from an LITC, generally a taxpayer’s income must be below a certain threshold, and the amount in dispute with the IRS is usually less than $50,000.