For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

2010-01-28

Law School Tax Clinic Receives Highest IRS Grant Award

The UW School of Law Federal Tax Clinic received a $94,494 grant from the Internal Revenue Service. The UW law school's clinic was one of only handful to receive the highest grant award.

"By assisting low-income clients with their IRS problems, we are able to help people resolve tax disputes, which to them seem unsolvable," said clinic director Scott Schumacher. "At the same time, students in the program get invaluable experience working with real clients who have real problems, and learn how to deal with the IRS and complex tax issues."

The UW law school's clinic was established in 2000 to assist low-income individuals throughout Western Washington resolve disputes with the IRS. The clinic, which is funded by a federal matching grant and the law school's Graduate Program in Taxation, offers tax assistance as a public service and as a means of training law students in tax practice.

The IRS Low Income Tax Clinics grant program encourages the creation and growth of clinics across the nation. LITCs provide free or nominal cost assistance to taxpayers who otherwise may not be able to afford a tax professional.