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Volunteer

Your time and expertise can have a positive financial impact on a low-income family. Join us in helping to ensure that all Virginians in need receive equal justice in the tax system.

Volunteer attorneys, accountants and enrolled agents form the heart and soul of CTLP’s services. Currently, more than 100 attorneys, accountants and enrolled agents volunteer with CTLP. In 2001, CTLP and its volunteers received the prestigious Virginia State Bar Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Pro Bono Award.

Prior to referral to a volunteer, CTLP staff conducts in-depth interviews with potential clients, screening cases for income eligibility and merit. Case referrals are made only after the volunteer agrees to meet with the client. Of course, the volunteer may still decline the case after meeting with the client and exploring the merits further. After referral, CTLP staff members and volunteer mentors are available for back-up technical support and guidance regarding procedure and substantive law. Generally, CTLP staff provides in-house representation in emergency or difficult cases and cases from geographic areas without volunteers. CTLP maintains professional liability coverage for all of its volunteers, so retired or corporate professionals can participate in the pro bono program.

CTLP handles more than 800 represented and brief advice cases each year. We have a critical need for volunteers to assist with our very large caseload. If you are interested in becoming a member of CTLP’s Pro Bono Panel, please take a moment to complete the attached Pro Bono Survey for attorneys or accountants and enrolled agents. For more information, please call (804) 358-5855 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Pro bono legal representation greatly influences low-income taxpayer case outcomes.  Please take a moment to watch the National Taxpayer Advocate discuss the importance of pro bono assistance.

CTLP has volunteer opportunities in other areas of administration such as translation, fundraising, clerical work, grant writing and graphic design. If you are not a tax professional and you would like to volunteer for CTLP in some other capacity, we would be delighted to speak with you. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.


Pro Bono Opportunities with Affiliate Taxpayer Assistance Groups

Following is information regarding volunteer opportunities with other Virginia programs offering taxpayer assistance to low- to moderate-income individuals.

Washington and Lee School of Law Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

AARP Tax-Aide Program

IRS VITA/TCE Program

MetroCASH