Notre Dame Law School is preparing to launch a tax clinic to assist low-income and immigrant families in northern Indiana.
The Notre Dame Tax Clinic is funded by a grant from the Internal Revenue Service and support from the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Research. Notre Dame was one of only six applicants to receive funding for 2016 through the IRS’s Low Income Tax Clinic program, which is specifically aimed at helping indigent taxpayers as well as educating English-as-a-second-language individuals about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
“A surprisingly large proportion of IRS disputes with taxpayers involve low-income people and immigrants, very few of whom have legal representation,” said Bob Jones, associate dean for experiential programs. “Our new clinic will provide a much-needed community service while providing our students with an invaluable practice experience.”
Up to 10 students will be able to enroll in the clinic’s academic classes in the 2016 fall semester. The course will include a class covering skills and substantive and procedural laws along with about 10 hours of casework each week. The students will be supervised by a licensed attorney.
Matt Barrett, professor of law, will serve as the interim qualified tax expert for the clinic and Jones will be acting director until a new clinic director is hired.