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Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Services

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 financially 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, state and local tax cases, including:

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

Please note that CTLP does NOT prepare current year tax returns for clients. CTLP only prepares tax returns if it is necessary to resolve a tax controversy for which CTLP is representing a taxpayer, OR is necessary for a client to become compliant with his or her filing responsibilities. For example, a client has not filed tax returns for three or more years.

Remember, CTLP is not part of the IRS or the Virginia Department of Taxation. CTLP volunteers give their time because they believe people should be able to get good legal help even if they can’t afford it.

Call: 804-358-5855 or 800-295-0110 to schedule a confidential telephone interview.

Hours of operation: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, M-F and by appointment.