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Tax Help for Individuals

(For information on specific tax issues, click here.)


Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Services

Have you received a letter from the IRS or Virginia Department of Taxation? Don’t panic! Having a tax problem can be costly and confusing. CTLP’s tax clinic may be able to help you.

The Community Tax Law Project is a private, not-for-profit corporation providing help to Virginia residents who have tax problems and who can’t afford to hire a professional. Experienced tax lawyers, accountants and enrolled agents volunteer to help CTLP clients.

CTLP is NOT part of the Internal Revenue Service, the Virginia Department of Taxation or any other government group.

What you tell CTLP staff and volunteers is confidential and is protected by the attorney-client privilege. Even if you don’t qualify for help from a CTLP lawyer, the information you tell us is confidential. We cannot share your confidential information with any other government agency.

Call The Community Tax Law Project at (804) 358-5855 or (800) 295-0110 to make an appointment for a telephone interview. Before the interview, have ready:

  • Any tax bills, letters or notices from tax agencies
  • Any letters you have written to those agencies
  • Your social security number or individual taxpayer identification number
  • Your current income

A CTLP staff member will discuss your case with you and tell you if you are eligible for The Community Tax Law Project’s services. You will also be told about any court costs or other fees you may have to pay. Even if CTLP does not accept your case, we will try to give you some advice about what you can do to help yourself solve your tax problem.

CTLP helps Virginia residents whose incomes are too small for them to hire professional help. People with income under 250% of the federal poverty guidelines receive help for free. Although our service is free, all clients must pay for out-of-pocket expenses such as court filing fees and service of process.

CTLP staff and volunteers accept all sorts of federal and state tax cases, including:

  • Nonfilers
  • Collections & installment arrangements, Collection Due Process Hearings
  • Taxes and their relationship to bankruptcy
  • Tax-related identity theft
  • Tax duties of new residents
  • Employee vs. Self-Employed status
  • Innocent spouse status
  • Audits and appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court cases