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- Welfare-to-Work Population. CTLP frequently conducts training programs for caseworkers, recipients and employees in the welfare-to-work program about tax issues for new workers, including return filing requirements, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), dependency exemptions and filing status, independent contractor status and self-employment issues (including establishment of a home-based day care business). CTLP also provides pro bono representation to individuals in this target population, particularly those who are audited by the IRS with regard to eligibility to receive the EITC.
- Virginians for whom English is a Second Language (ESL). CTLP works closely with other organizations serving the ESL population to provide tax information and education to Virginia taxpayers who do not speak English as their primary language. CTLP assists ESL taxpayers in obtaining Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) and also represents ESL taxpayers in tax controversies, including problems stemming from self-employment income, eligibility for the EITC and worker classification and identity theft issues.
- Innocent Spouse/Relief from Joint and Several Liability. CTLP serves as a referral source for victims of domestic violence who are struggling to regain their financial independence after leaving an abusive situation. CTLP provides educational programs to victims and their advocates about income tax filing responsibilities, including appropriate filing status and dependency exemptions. CTLP has also developed training materials about innocent spouse relief from joint and several tax liability, an attendant tax problem of domestic abuse, and frequently presents educational outreach programs for victims and their advocates at domestic violence workshops and support groups throughout Virginia.