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.
The LITC clinic represents low-income taxpayers involved in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and provides education and outreach services on the rights and responsibilities of US taxpayers to individuals who speak English as a second language. The Clinic provides these services at no charge.
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.