Client Spotlight
Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Helps Homeless Taxpayer

May 15, 2017 - Sam, a 65 year-old taxpayer, came to the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic needing immediate assistance.  He owed $17,326 in taxes and had not filed his taxes for several years.  Sam had been unable to keep a job and was homeless.  He stayed at different shelters and lived off food stamps and blood plasma donations.  Due to the severe hardship he was undergoing he was in need of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic’s help to assist in filing his taxes for the years he had not and he needed assistance in preparing his Offer in Compromise.  (An Offer in Compromise is an agreement between the taxpayer and the IRS that settles a tax debt for less than the full amount owed. The offer program provides eligible taxpayers with a path toward paying off their tax debt and getting a fresh start. The ultimate goal is a compromise that suits the best interest of both the taxpayer and the IRS. To be considered, generally the taxpayer must make an appropriate offer based on what the IRS considers your true ability to pay.)   With the representation of Supervising Attorney Michael Bacigalupi, Sam received assistance throughout the review of the Offer in Compromise, which was accepted, resulting in savings in the amount of $17,226.