The 2008 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant application process is now open.

The LITC grant program is a federal program administered by the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommends changes to prevent taxpayer problems.

Under the program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to develop, expand, or maintain the clinics. Now in its ninth year, in 2007, the LITC Program Office awarded grants to 154 organizations in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

There are currently no clinics in Colorado, but the IRS has opened a supplemental period for accepting applications for the state for the remainder of the 2007 grant cycle.

LITCs are qualifying organizations that provide representation for free or a nominal fee to low income taxpayers involved in tax disputes with the IRS. They also provide education on taxpayer rights and responsibilities to taxpayers for whom English is a second language, or who have limited English proficiency.

The application period for this grant will run from May 7 through July 6.

Copies of the application package and guidelines, IRS Publication 3319 are available through the Taxpayer Advocate Service section of the IRS Web site, at www.irs.gov/advocate/index.html. Applicants may also order application packages from the IRS Distribution Center, by calling (800) 829-3676.

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