Volunteer Opportunities

Low Income Tax Clinic (Wheaton)

Organization

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

Location

Can be done anywhere

Website

Description

The Low Income Tax Clinic provides free legal advice and representation in tax controversies to low-income individuals.

Critical issues our clients face include denial of anti-poverty credits (ex. Earned Income Tax Credit), wage and benefit garnishments, tax problems stemming from identity theft, tax problems related to domestic abuse, worker misclassification, and deceptive tax schemes. The Clinic assists clients through litigation (primarily in the US Tax Court), administrative advocacy before the IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue, and, where appropriate and permitted, systemic advocacy outside the legal process.

The Clinic is looking for volunteer assistance from attorneys and accountants to help with its significant caseload. Opportunities are diverse and range from discrete problems (tax preparation and certain collection issues) requiring a small investment to more complex problems (deficiency or refund litigation) requiring substantial investment on the part of volunteers.

About the Organization

Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems like domestic abuse, eviction, foreclosure and public benefits and need legal help to solve them.

We have 11 offices covering 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our Administrative Office is located in Rockford, IL.The mission of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights.