Five years ago Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA), a non-profit organization that provides free legal advice and, in some cases, representation for criminal cases for residents in Southwest Texas who cannot afford the fees of private attorneys, launched Texas Taxpayer Assistance Project (T-TAP), a program that gives low-income taxpayers, with no more than $50,000 in dispute per tax year, free legal assistance on federal tax matters.
Funded in part by a grant from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), T-TAP has slowly been building community awareness through workshops being held all across the Valley, in locations like churches, schools, head start programs and housing projects, where tax payers are provided with valuable tax information before the tax issues with the IRS even arise.
“People need to be proactive and address any problem as soon as possible so that it does not spiral out of control,” said Lisa Galvan, T-TAP tax attorney. “We’re a recognized clinic by the United States Tax Court; those who filed a petition with them will be referred to us.”
When they get their first notice issue they should definitely contact us, added Galvan.
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