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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Thanks to a generous grant, Pepperdine School of Law was able to open the Pepperdine Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (PLITC) in early 2016. The clinic is housed in the Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic, which has served the skid row area of Los Angeles for nearly twenty years. The PLITC provides free tax legal representation to low income taxpayers. Under attorney supervision, Pepperdine student law clerks represent taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, including audits, appeals, collection matters, and federal tax litigation. In addition, the clinic provides taxpayer education programs to various social service organizations and community groups. In certain cases, PLITC may represent clients in state tax matters, as long as the issues are a result of an IRS controversy.

PLITC helps taxpayers navigate the challenges of the tax system through our community education and outreach as well as pro bono representation.
The clinic provides tax controversy services free of charge to those who meet certain criteria in accordance with the grant requirements. See here for details. PLITC provides legal representation to taxpayers whose income does not exceed 250 percent of the annual Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Please note that PLITC does not handle transactional tax matters, back filing past year tax returns or current year tax return preparation. However, there are many local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that provide seasonal preparation of federal income tax returns and some may be able to file back years.

The PLITC is located at the Union Rescue Mission 545 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. You may contact us by phone at 213-673-4831.