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Director - Low-Income Tax Clinic The candidate will represent low-income taxpayers in disputes with the IRS regarding federal income tax liability. The Clinic consists of a Director and a staff attorney who evaluate cases and represent clients in a wide range of controversies. Responsible for all Clinic activities including client representation, supervision of the staff attorney, interns, and volunteers, community outreach, fundraising, training, and grant reporting and preparation. Receive its funding, in part, by a grant from the Internal Revenue Service (since 2011). Interview applicants for legal services and assess their tax issues. We frequently represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, requests for innocent spouse relief, collection matters, denials of available deductions and credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit); and tax problems stemming from identity theft, worker misclassification, and deceptive tax schemes. Although our LITC is not a tax preparation service, preparation of prior years’ tax returns is often necessary to resolve a taxpayer’s controversy. Provide legal services for clients through legal research, counsel and advice, litigation (primarily in the U.S. Tax Court), advocacy before the IRS or other administrative agencies, and systemic advocacy on issues having an impact on low-income and ESL taxpayers. Supervise the LITC staff attorney, as well as recruit, train, and supervise interns and volunteers. Manage the LITC budget. Develop pro bono resources to help serve our clients, educate community members about tax issues in collaboration with volunteers and social service agencies, and train legal services attorneys on the intersection of tax law with other areas in which they practice. Develop and maintain networking relationships with local bar associations and with local, state, and federal governments and community agencies that serve our client population. Track data required by funders, keep accurate records on service delivery, and prepare and submit funding proposals and grant reports to the IRS and other sources. Exhibit a high level of personal energy, organization, and commitment to the position and the mission. J.D. degree after graduation from an ABA-accredited law school and admitted to practice law in Illinois, or admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois required. Admission to U.S. Tax Court required. A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and serving disadvantaged populations. 3+ years of practice experience resolving tax controversies such as cases involving entitlements to credits and deductions, and pursuing collection remedies such as offers in compromise, installment agreements, and innocent spouse relief required. Tax preparation experience preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral and written communication skills required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Demonstrated organizational and case management skills, and the ability to supervise others effectively required.
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