STATE — The Internal Revenue Service has awarded over $9 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) for the 2012 grant cycle (Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012).
Legal Services of New Jersey, Inc. in Edison received $80,000, Northeast New Jersey Legal Services in Jersey City received $60,000, Rutgers State University of New Jersey in Newark received $92,000 and South Jersey Legal Services, Inc. in Bridgeton was awarded $60,000.
LITCs are organizations that represent low-income taxpayers in federal tax controversies with the IRS for free or for a nominal charge and/or provide tax education and outreach for taxpayers who speak English as a second language.
Through the LITC program, the IRS awards matching grants of up to $100,000 a year to qualifying organizations. For the 2012 grant cycle, the IRS awarded LITC grants to 156 organizations.
The LITC grant program is a federal program administered by the Taxpayer Advocate Service, led by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. LITCs and their employees and volunteers, however, operate independently of the federal government.
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