National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson announced that the 2007 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant application process is now open. The grant program is in its eighth year and continues to expand.

Under the program, the agency awards matching grants of up to $100,000 a year to develop, expand or continue low income taxpayer clinics. For the 2006 grant cycle, the LITC Program Office awarded grants to 150 organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Nonprofit organizations providing free or nominal fee representation to people involved in tax disputes can apply for grants for the 2007 grant cycle. Grants are also available for organizations that inform taxpayers for whom English is a second language of their tax rights and responsibilities. Funds may be awarded for start-up expenditures incurred by new clinics during the 2007 grant cycle.

The application period for the 2007 program begins May 8. Applications for grants must be electronically filed or received by July 7. More details on the program's requirements, as well as a downloadable application, are available on the IRS Web site, at,,id=108538,00.html .

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