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The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the 2010 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process is now open. The deadline to apply for a grant is July 7.

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The LITC grant program is a federal program administered by the Taxpayer Advocate Service. The LITC program serves low-income individuals who have a problem with the IRS. Some LITCs also provide outreach and education to taxpayers who speak English as a second language. LITCs are independent from the IRS. Most LITCs can provide representation before the IRS or in court on audits, tax collection disputes and other issues for free or for a small fee.

Under the LITC grant program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand or maintain low-income taxpayer clinics. The program is in its eleventh year and continues to expand. To date in 2009, the LITC Program Office has awarded LITC grants to 162 organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Examples of qualifying organizations include:

- Clinical programs at accredited law, business or accounting schools, whose students represent low-income taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS.

- Tax-exempt organizations that represent low-income taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS or refer those taxpayers to qualified representatives.

The grant will cover the 2010 grant cycle, from Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2010. Applications must be electronically filed or postmarked by July 7, 2009.

The 2010 Grant Application Package is available at www.irs.gov/advocate or by calling 800-829-3676. Applicants may apply electronically at www.grants.gov using the funding number TREAS-GRANTS-052010-001.

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