2016-01-01 – 2016-12-31
Lead Principal Investigator:
The Bookstein Low Income Taxpayer Clinic began offering the tax clinic services under this LITC Program in January 2008 with the purpose of providing (a) free representation to low income taxpayers involved in tax disputes with the IRS; and (b) education on taxpayers' rights and responsibilities to individuals for whom English is a second language or who have limited English proficiency. The initiative to create the Bookstein Tax Clinic was launched in the spring of 2007, following the establishment of the Bookstein Institute for Higher Education in Taxation at CSUN (the "Bookstein Institute"). Since its inception, the Bookstein Tax Clinic has provided federal controversy related assistance to over 100 low income taxpayers per year who reside in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities within Los Angeles County. Furthermore, our student clinicians have conducted on average over 30 educational workshops per year on tax issues reaching out to over 500 ESL and low income taxpayers per year. We have developed an extensive student-clinician infrastructure with over 60 student-clinicians providing in excess of 3,000 hours of service year round to the low income taxpayers under the supervision of an experienced former IRS tax attorney.