Low Income Taxpayer Clinics and Representation
The Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Low-Income
Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides legal representation, advice, and referral services to low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the Internal
Revenue Service or cannot afford to pay Federal Income taxes that are owed.
We can assist you at all stages of your case, including:
- Court Proceedings
The LITC can assist with most Federal Income Tax issues, including:
- Negotiation or Settlement of Tax Debt
- Earned Income Tax Credit verification and denials
- Dependency exemption and filing status
- Injured/Innocent Spouse claims
- Worker classification (employee or independent contractor)
- Levies and Liens
- Identity Theft involving your tax return, income, or refund claims
PLEASE NOTE: The LITC does NOT prepare client income tax returns – If you are in need of free tax preparation services, you can locate a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic near you through Free Tax Prep website.
You are eligible for the LITC services from our office if:
You are a resident of one of the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
You have a federal income tax problem with the IRS.
Your total household gross (before tax) income is below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. For information on IRS LITC income eligibility guidelines, go to LITC income guideline.
Scheduling an Appointment
If you think you may be eligible, call (716) 847-0662. Leave a message with your name, description of your tax problem, and a phone number where you can best be reached during normal business of 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday. A staff member will return your call as soon as possible.
What to Bring With You to Your Appointment
PLEASE bring PHOTOCOPIES of:
any letters or documents sent to you by the IRS
complete federal income tax returns for the years in dispute with the IRS
documentation of all current household income/benefits
We will have difficulty assisting you if you do not have these at your appointment.
Non English & Limited English speaking clients
If you are non English or limited English speaking, interpretation services can be arranged for you. PLEASE let us know while scheduling your appointment to ensure that an interpreter will be available.
The LITC also provides educational outreach to social service organizations working with low income households, immigrants, or refugees in Western New York. If you are affiliated with one of these groups and wish to have the LITC speak at an event regarding various tax issues that affect your community, contact us at (716) 847-0662 ext. 316.