The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for an annual grant program for matching funds to develop, expand or continue low income taxpayer clinics.

Under the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 a year to develop, expand or continue low income taxpayer clinics. So far this year, the LITC program office has awarded grants to 145 organizations.

Nonprofit organizations that provide free or nominal fee representation to people involved in tax disputes can apply for grants up to $100,000 for the 2006 grant cycle (which runs Jan. 1, 2006, through Dec. 31, 2006).

Grants are also available for organizations that inform taxpayers for whom English is a second language of their tax rights and responsibilities. Grant funds may be awarded for start-up expenditures incurred by new clinics during the 2006 grant cycle.

Applications for grants must be electronically filed or received by 4 p.m. on July 25, 2005. The Grant Application Package and Guidelines (Rev. 5-2005), are available at www.irs.gov/advocate or by calling (800) 829-3676. Applicants can also file online at www.grants.gov using the funding number TREAS-GRANTS-052006-001.

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