Mission Statement

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system by educating low income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities. They do this by providing pro bono representation to taxpayers in tax disputes with the IRS, by conducting outreach and education to taxpayers who speak English as a second language (ESL), and by identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers.

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The LITC program has been an amazing opportunity for me to use the technical skills I have developed through my education to give back to my community. I have learned how important it is to sometimes step back from the technical and recognize that we have the power to extend compassion and understanding to others. The best part about this experience has been hearing from a client that the support of the LITC has helped them sleep better at night knowing that someone is there to help.
Kaitlyn A. Thomas, Class of 2013

Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)

Location 03-107
Phone (877) 318-6772
Fax (805) 756-7611
Spanish Phone
(805) 756-5725

LITC Hours

M-Th 9AM - 5PM
Friday 9AM - 1PM




The Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) began operating in 2010 through the generosity of Chevron Corporation and a grant from the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocate Service. It is located on campus in the Orfalea College of Business and supports Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy.

A university-sponsored Service Learning Project, the LITC was created to provide undergraduate and graduate accounting students the opportunity to work with underserved communities while enhancing their professional skills. Under the direct supervision of Orfalea College of Business faculty, students represent low-income clients involved in tax controversies before the IRS and the U.S. Tax Court. Students also provide education and outreach services on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. taxpayers to the community. The LITC is able to provide all services in English and Spanish at no charge.


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