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Tax Clinic

The Valparaiso Law School Tax Clinic immerses students in cases involving disputes between the IRS and low-income taxpayers in Northwest Indiana. Student lawyers represent clients in every aspect of tax controversy, including interviewing and counseling, conducting factual and legal research, negotiating with the IRS, conducting Tax Court trials and assisting clients facing IRS collection activity.

The clinic addresses a number of different tax law issues, including unreported tip income, cancellation of indebtedness income, eligibility for earned income credit, dependency exemptions and head of household filing status, taxability of a lawsuit settlement, availability of innocent spouse relief, negligence and other penalties, status as employee or independent contractor, and numerous issues relating to IRS collection activity.

For Whom: Tax payers having controversy with the IRS. Valparaiso Law is not permitted to prepare tax returns. The amount of tax at issues can not be greater than $50,000

Client Eligibility: Below 250% of the federal poverty limit, based on income and size of household

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About the Valparaiso University Law Clinic

The Law Clinic at Valparaiso University Law School provides free legal representation to individuals with limited income. The Law Clinic represents low-income residents of the region in matters such as debt collection defense, consumer issues, landlord/tenant disputes, guardianships, adoptions, and tax concerns involving the Internal Revenue Service.  Clients must meet income eligibility guidelines.

The Law Clinic’s legal services are provided by Valparaiso University law students, who receive first-hand legal experience by representing financially disadvantaged clients.  Students work under the supervision of law school faculty.

The Law Clinic is located in Heritage Hall at 510 Freeman Street (at the intersection of Freeman Street and College Avenue).  For more information or to determine eligibility for assistance, call (219) 465-7903.

Since 1965, the Valparaiso University Law Clinic has offered critical legal services to thousands of qualifying residents.  Approximately 400 people received assistance during the past year.