Black Hills State University was awarded a $38,000 grant to host a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) for western South Dakota.
This program complements BHSU's existing IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, through which upper-level business majors provide supervised tax preparation assistance to low income individuals. The grant funds will be used to go a step beyond VITA and provide professional advocacy services for citizens who find themselves involved in controversies with the IRS, or who have limited English proficiency.
According to Liz Diers, assistant professor in accounting at BHSU, services provided through the LITC include: representation on a federal tax matter, in federal court or local tax controversies; provision of assistance to a non-filer in the preparation of prior year return(s); preparation of amended returns when necessary; and IRS account, collection, examination and appeals matters.
For more information about the LITC program, contact Liz Diers at (605) 642-6002 or LizabethDiers@BHSU.edu.