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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic 2023 Highlights

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Students at community outreach event

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic students at a community outreach event with Second Chance Center

In 2023, the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) at the Sturm College of Law enrolled twenty-one students who represented 103 clients before the IRS and Colorado Department of Revenue. Our students successfully reduced their clients’ tax liabilities by $606,364 while obtaining an additional $507,134 in refunds.

Notable successes included the release of a client’s 2018 through 2022 tax refunds, which totaled $60,175, and petitioning five separate cases in the United States Tax Court, which all resulted in full concessions by the Internal Revenue Service.

Students outside of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

Our LITC students attended three Tax Court calendar calls, where they advised and assisted pro se taxpayers. Our students also gave educational presentations on tax topics to 12 different community organizations and provided tax education to more than 150 Colorado taxpayers. With the looming deadline for taxpayers to receive their Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks), the clinic worked with formerly incarcerated taxpayers, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, and United Way to release numerous stimulus checks. 

Additionally, the clinic is very excited to announce that a former LITC student, Katie Arsenault, JD ’19, LLM’20, was hired as a law clerk by the Hon. Elizabeth Crewson Paris, LLM'93, of the United States Tax Court.