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

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

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.

Questions about the 2020 CARES Act?

Please review this document here

Cases Handled

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


    • Appeals
    • Audits
    • Collections
  • 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 x 316. 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.

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.

Click here to view our LITC brochure
Click here to view our LITC brochure (Spanish)
Click here to view our LITC brochure (French)
Click here to view our LITC brochure (Arabic)
Click here to view our LITC brochure (Burmese)
Click here to view our LITC brochure (Somali)
Click here to view our LITC brochure (Nepali)

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