National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson announced that the Internal Revenue Service has awarded almost $8 million in matching grants to Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics for the 2007 grant cycle.

LITCs are classified as organizations that provide representation for free (or for a nominal fee) to low-income taxpayers involved in tax disputes with the IRS, or that provide education on taxpayer rights and responsibilities to taxpayers who have limited English proficiency.

Under the LITC program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 a year to qualifying organizations. For the 2007 grant cycle, the IRS awarded LITC grants to 154 organizations representing 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. (The LITC Program Office has already opened a supplemental period for accepting LITC applications for the 2007 grant cycle for the state of Colorado, which currently has no LITCs.)

A list of organizations awarded a matching grant -- along with the amounts awarded -- is available at www.irs.gov/pub/newsroom/2007_low_income_taxpayer_clinics.doc.

More information about applying for a grant is available on the Taxpayer Advocate Web site, at www.irs.gov/advocate/index.html.

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