The University of New Mexico, School of Law and the International Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Advocate for New Mexico, are hosting a free income tax controversy fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 28 at 1117 Stanford Dr., N.E., in Albuquerque.
Third-year law students, supervised by licensed attorneys, will consult with low income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS in any of five common areas: the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, Head of Household filing status and dependency claims or collection issues. Consultations will be available for taxpayers with income tax cases before the U.S. Tax Court who don’t have an attorney. In addition, the Taxpayer Advocate Service will provide information on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Participants need to bring any notices or letters they have received from the IRS or the U.S. Tax Court, copies of related federal income tax returns and other paperwork or correspondence that may have been sent to the IRS. Tax preparation will not be offered at this event.
“Tax issues for low-income taxpayers can be complex and overwhelming. We can help New Mexicans understand their tax situation and discuss options with them,” said Erica Shaffor, IRS Taxpayer Advocate for New Mexico.
The free tax controversy fair is only available to those who pre-register by calling the School of Law’s Clinical Law Programs. For more information and registration, call 505.277.5265.