Imagine opening your mailbox to find an official letter from the IRS or the California Franchise Tax Board questioning a past tax return or demanding back taxes and threatening to attach your paychecks or seize your assets. If you’re like most people, a sense of panic and worry sets in as you wonder how you’ll pay for all this.
Unfortunately, the recession we’ve recently gone through has left a lot of people with the inability to pay back taxes and it also limits their ability to pay for the legal help they need.
But here is the good news. Legal help and advice is available to everybody, no matter your economic circumstances. Below are just some of the resources available to all San Diegans dealing with tax issues. Financial difficulties should not limit your ability to access legal advice. Letting a tax professional help you can save you thousands of dollars in the long-run.
University of San Diego School of Law Legal Clinic:
USD Legal Clinics are funded by the University of San Diego and, in part by grants from the State Bar of California and the U.S. Department of Treasury and offers services in a variety of areas, including tax law.
The law clinic represents lower-income taxpayers who have disputes with the I-R-S in matters such as collection action, audits, earned income tax credits and offers in compromise.
Additionally the law school offers, The “Taxpayer Appeals Assistance Program, “ a joint effort between the USD Legal Clinics and the California State Board of Equalization (BOE).
Under supervision of an attorney from the BOE’s Taxpayer Rights Advocate Office, students assist taxpayers with state income tax disputes against the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).
Legal Aid Society of San Diego:
(877) 534-2524 ext. 2602
Staff Attorney Shahin Rahimi with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego works with low-income taxpayers in need of tax help. He also holds regular drop-in tax clinics at the Downtown San Diego Law Library from 2 pm to 4 pm on the last Wednesday of the month.
Additional Tax Resources:
AARP Tax Clinics:
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax planning for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 60 and older. They offer many clinics in San Diego County.
VITA Tax Clinic:
(858)-564-4148 ext. 278
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is an IRS created program. It’s run locally by community organization Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego) which plans tax clinic locations around San Diego.
This clinic focuses on the Earned Income Tax Credit and helps low income clients prepare and file federal and California tax returns. Besides the drop-in clinics, you can schedule individual appointments.
These are just a few of the many legal resources available throughout San Diego County to help you resolve your tax issues. Your income level should not be a hindrance to working through your tax issues. There are plenty of resources to help you, no matter what your problem may be.
And remember, as always, RJS LAW is here to help you resolve your tax issues quickly and confidentially. Whether it be a personal or business tax issue, our experienced legal team can either help you resolve the issue or point you to the resources to help. Contact or call us today at (619)-595-1655.