The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Office helped almost 40,000 taxpayers last year, according to its fourth annual report.

During 2014, LITCs represented 19,882 taxpayers in disputes with the IRS and provided consultation or advice to an additional 18,810 taxpayers. LITCs reportedly helped taxpayers secure more than $4.3 million in tax refunds and eliminate over $62 million in tax liabilities, penalties and interest.

The clinics, which are operated independent of the IRS and administered by the Taxpayer Advocate Service, assist low income individuals who have a tax dispute with the IRS, and provide education and outreach to individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are provided free or for a small fee.

The IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain an LITC. The grant program is administered by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, led by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.

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