Pro Bono Work for The Community Tax Law Project

The Community Tax Law Project handles approximately 300 pro bono cases per year.  CTLP and its volunteers received the prestigious Virginia State Bar Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Pro Bono Award in 2001.  Taxpayers with current income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level are eligible for CTLP's services. Cases at all stages of tax controversy are accepted, including exam, appeals, refund claims, litigation in the United States Tax Court or the refund fora, and tax collections cases, including Collection Due Process Hearings and offers-in-compromise.

Volunteer attorneys, accountants and enrolled agents form the heart and soul of CTLP's services. CTLP conducts in-depth interviews with potential clients, screening cases for income eligibility and merit.  Case referrals are only made after the volunteer agrees to meet with the client.  Of course, the volunteer can still decline the case after meeting with the client and exploring the merits further.  After referral, CTLP staff members and volunteers are available for back-up technical support and guidance regarding procedure and substantive law.  Currently, over 140 Virginia attorneys, accountants and enrolled agents volunteer with CTLP.  CTLP staff also provide in-house representation in emergency or complex cases and cases from geographic areas without volunteers.  CTLP maintains professional liability coverage for all of its volunteers, so retired or corporate professionals can participate in the pro bono program.

The Community Tax Law Project has an ongoing need for volunteers to assist with its caseload. If you are interested in becoming a member of CTLP's Pro Bono Panel, please take a moment to complete the attached Pro Bono Survey for attorneys or accountants & enrolled agents. 

CTLP has volunteer opportunities in other areas of administration such as translation, fundraising, clerical work, grant writing and graphic design. If you are not a tax professional and you would like to volunteer for CTLP in some other capacity, we would be delighted to speak with you. Please email CTLP at info@ctlp.org

Pro Bono Opportunities with Affiliate Taxpayer Assistance Groups
Following is information regarding volunteer opportunities with other Virginia programs offering taxpayer assistance to low to moderate income individuals.

Washington and Lee School of Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
http://law.wlu.edu/taxclinic/

AARP Tax-Aide Program
http://www.aarp.org/money/taxaide/volunteertaxaide/a2004-01-22-volunteerwithtaxaide.html

IRS VITA/TCE Program
http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=119845,00.html

Greater Richmond Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition (GREITCC)
For volunteer opportunities call Maureen Goode at (804) 501-5828 or email goo03@co.henrico.va.us

 

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