438 Main Street l 7th Floor l Buffalo, NY
(716) 847-0662

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

Low-Income Taxpayer

The ECBA 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 (IRS) or cannot afford to pay Federal Income taxes that are owed.

LITC aims to ensure the fairness of the tax system by providing pro bono representation to low-income taxpayers with disputes with the IRS, as well as identifying issues impacting low-income taxpayers. Furthermore, the LITC regularly conducts tax education events on a wide range of tax issues to increase taxpayer understanding of their rights and responsibilities within the tax system. Please contact our office for more information.

Cases Handled 

We can assist you at all stages of your case, including:




Court Matters

The LITC can also 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


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.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible for the LITC services from our office if: You are a resident of New York State and meet income and asset eligibility requirements.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you think you may be eligible, call (716) 847-0662 x 316 or our toll free number (800) 229-6198. Leave a message with your name, description of your tax problem, and a phone number where you can best be reached during normal business hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. A staff member will return your call as soon as possible.

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.

You may also fill out our online intake form by clicking the link below.


Helpful Resources

Below you will find helpful resources that could answer certain tax related question you may have: 

Financial Wounds: How Domestic Violence Can Impact Your Taxes (1/18/23)


2022 Tax Filing Season Education Event (10/7/22)


The Tax Collection Process (7/14/22)


Pay as You Go- A Guide to Withholding and Estimated Tax Payments (5/20/22)


Dependents (4/27/22)


Wage Earners vs Independent Contractors (4/25/22)


I Haven’t Filed My Taxes in Over a Year: What Can I Do? (4/25/22)


I have an IRS bill that I cannot pay. What are my options? (12/9/21)


ITINs: What Are They and Who Should Apply for One? (11/21/21)


I got a notice from the IRS: What do I do? (11/22/21)


Identity Theft and Taxes- What to do if your identity has been stolen (10/14/21)


What you need to know about the stimulus (9/13/21)


American Rescue Plan (9/13/21)


Collection Alternatives (4/2/21)

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Marriage and Taxes (4/2/21)


Tax Filing Basics (4/2/21)


Expanded Child Tax Credit (3/1/22)

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Questions about Economic Impact Payments? (11/1/20)

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Question about CARES ACT? (6/20/20)

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LITC Brochure (1/1/18)

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Contact us

Get in touch


438 Main Street, 7th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202


(716) 847-0662 x 316 or (800) 229-6198

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