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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program; Availability of 2005 Supplementary Grant Application Package

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AGENCY:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This document contains a notice that the IRS has made available a supplemental period within which organizations may apply for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant for the remainder of the 2005 grant cycle (the 2005 grant cycle runs January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005). The supplemental application period shall run from March 15, 2005, to April 15, 2005.

As a result of increased funding made available by enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, Public Law 108-447, the IRS now has an additional $500,000 available to be awarded to qualifying organizations, subject to the limitations of Internal Revenue Code section 7526, for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic matching grants.

Despite the IRS's efforts to foster parity in availability and accessibility in the selection of organizations receiving LITC matching grants and the continued increase in clinic services nationwide, there remain communities that are underrepresented by clinics. For the supplemental application cycle, the IRS will focus on those geographic areas where there is limited or no clinic representation.

The IRS will award up to $500,000 in additional funding to new qualifying organizations in the following underserved or underrepresented states or areas within a state:Start Printed Page 13234

StateAreas
AlabamaMontgomery & south of Birmingham.
AlaskaStatewide excluding Anchorage area.
ArizonaStatewide.
ColoradoStatewide.
District of ColumbiaDistrictwide.
IdahoSouthern sections.
IowaStatewide excluding Des Moines area.
MarylandStatewide.
MississippiWestern & southern sections.
MissouriEastern & central sections including St. Louis.
MontanaEastern sections.
NebraskaStatewide excluding Omaha area.
New MexicoStatewide.
North DakotaNorthern sections.
Puerto RicoSan Juan & eastern sections.
TexasWestern sections & Dallas.
UtahStatewide.
WisconsinStatewide.
WyomingStatewide.

DATES:

Grant applications for the remainder of the 2005 grant cycle must be electronically filed or received no later than 4 p.m. on April 15, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Send completed grant applications to: Internal Revenue Service, Taxpayer Advocate Service, LITC Grant Program Administration Office, Mail Stop 211-D, 401 W. Peachtree St., NW., Atlanta, GA 30308. Copies of the 2005 Grant Application Package and Guidelines, IRS Publication 3319 (Rev. 5-2004), 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-032005-002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The LITC Program Office at 404-338-7185 (not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at LITCProgramOffice@irs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

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 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 2005 Grant Application Package and Guidelines, Publication 3319 (Rev. 5-2004), includes several changes that are being implemented to improve delivery of clinic services, including additional oversight and assistance with the technical components of the LITC Program by the LITC Program Office. Among the changes, the LITC Program Office has established work groups, clarified the comprehensive Program standards, improved communications, and increased the emphasis on education and outreach programs to taxpayers for whom English is a second language.

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.

Selection Consideration

Applications that pass the eligibility screening process will be numerically ranked based on the information contained in their 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 be eligible to apply for a LITC grant if they meet the criteria and qualifications outlined in the 2005 Grant Application Package and Guidelines, Publication 3319 (Rev. 5-2004). 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.

Comments

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.

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Christopher Wagner,

Deputy National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service.

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[FR Doc. 05-4881 Filed 3-15-05; 1 pm]

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