The National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, announced that the Internal Revenue Service has awarded $8 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics.

LITCs represent low-income taxpayers involved in tax disputes with the IRS, or provide education on tax rights and responsibilities to taxpayers for whom English is a second language or who have limited English proficiency.

Now in its eighth year, the LITC grant program encourages the creation and growth of clinics across the nation in order to provide free or nominal cost assistance to taxpayers who otherwise may not be able to afford a tax professional.

Under the program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 a year to organizations operating independent tax clinics. The 2006 grants were awarded to 150 organizations representing all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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