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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program; Availability of 2007 Grant Application Package

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Summary

This document contains a notice that the IRS has made available the grant application package and guidelines (Publication 3319) for organizations interested in applying for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant for the 2007 grant cycle (January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2007). The IRS will award a total of up to $6,000,000 (unless otherwise provided by specific Congressional appropriation) to qualifying organizations, subject to the limitations of Internal Revenue Code section 7526, for LITC matching grants.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Grant applications for the 2007 grant cycle must be received by the IRS no later than 4 p.m. EDT on July 7, 2006.

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Send completed grant applications to: Internal Revenue Service, Taxpayer Advocate Service, LITC Program Office, TA:LITC, Attention: LITC Applications, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW., Room 1034, Washington, DC 20224. Copies of the 2007 Grant Application Package and Guidelines, IRS Publication 3319 (Rev. 5-2006), can be downloaded from the IRS Internet site at http://www.irs.gov/advocate or ordered from the IRS Distribution Center by calling 1-800-829-3676. Applicants can also file electronically at http://www.grants.gov. For applicants applying through the Federal Grants Web site, the Funding Number is TREAS-GRANTS-052007-001.

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The LITC Program Office at 202-622-7186 (not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at LITCProgramOffice@irs.gov.

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Section 7526 of the Internal Revenue Code authorizes the IRS, subject to the availability of appropriated funds, to award organizations matching grants of up to $100,000 per year for the development, expansion, or continuation of qualified low income taxpayer clinics. Section 7526 authorizes the IRS to provide grants to qualified organizations that represent low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS or inform individuals for whom English is a second language of their tax rights and responsibilities. The IRS may award grants to qualifying organizations to fund one-year, two-year or three-year project periods. Grant funds may be awarded for start-up expenditures incurred by new clinics during the grant period. The costs of preparing and submitting an application are the responsibility of each applicant. Each application will be given due consideration and the LITC Program Office will mail notification letters to each applicant no later than November 30, 2006.

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Applications that pass the eligibility screening process will be numerically ranked based on the information contained in each proposed program plan. Please note that the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs are independently funded and separate from the LITC Program. Organizations currently participating in the VITA or TCE Programs may also be eligible to apply for a LITC grant if they meet the criteria and qualifications outlined in the 2007 Grant Application Package and Guidelines. Organizations that seek to operate VITA and LITC Programs, or TCE and LITC Programs, must maintain separate and distinct programs even if co-located to ensure proper cost allocation for LITC grant funds and adherence to the rules and regulations of the VITA, TCE, and LITC Programs, as appropriate. In addition to the criteria and qualifications outlined in the 2007 Grant Application Package and Guidelines, to foster parity regarding clinic availability and accessibility for taxpayers nationwide, the IRS will consider the geographic areas served by applicants as part of the decision-making process. The IRS will also seek to attain a proper balance of academic and nonprofit organizations, as well as a proper balance of start-up and existing clinics.

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Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments on the IRS's administration of the grant program on an ongoing basis. Comments may be sent to: Internal Revenue Service, Taxpayer Advocate Service, Attn: W.R. Swartz, LITC Program Office, 290 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

Nina E. Olson,

National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service.

[FR Doc. E6-6939 Filed 5-5-06; 8:45 am]

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