Public Interest Law Initiative


Center for Economic Progress

Address:

567 W. Lake St., Suite 1150
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Contact: Paul Harrison

Website: http://www.economicprogress.org

Program:

The Center for Economic Progress (CEP) helps hard-working, low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Through our Tax Clinic, we provide free legal representation to low-wage taxpayers facing tax disputes with the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue. We also offer tax training for the self-employed and small businesses. To establish sound business practices,we help them to build their knowledge of record keeping and self-employment tax laws. Since 2000, CEP’s Tax Clinic has helped over 3000 low-income individuals and families through direct representation and brief advice. In 2014, the Clinic and its pro bono volunteers represented 259 taxpayers, saving them over $1,000,000 in federal and state tax liabilities. The Clinic also provided advice and consultation to more than 2400 taxpayers.

The PILI Fellow will be admitted to practice before the IRS under student practice orders and will play a critical role in providing Clinic services to clients. The Fellow will assist Tax Clinic clients with issues related to collections, audits, innocent spouse claims, and employee versus independent contractor disputes, among others. Fellows do not necessarily need previous tax controversy experience to handle a case. The Tax Clinic Director will provide training, guidance, and ongoing support on any unfamiliar issues. Each Fellow will have one-on-one case review with the Director. Upon beginning their Fellowship, the Director will organize regular weekly meetings to review cases and provide feedback to the Fellow.

This agency is approved to host Graduate Fellows.

 

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