USD’s Federal Tax Clinic continued to provide tax information to San Diego County residents, extending to the South Bay on February 14, 2012 at the Chula Vista Community Collaborative. Legal Clinics Interns Debbie Chou and Chris Joh presented under the supervision of Law Clerk Mauro Colabianchi and Outreach Coordinator Patty O’Deane.
Intern Debbie Chou presented on the offer in compromise program offered by the IRS. “Under this program, taxpayers can settle their tax debt to the IRS for less than the amount owed,” she described. “When we meet with low-income taxpayers at the Clinics, which often happens after a presentation like this, we guide them through the requirements and the application process, educating taxpayers about how and why the IRS will accept the offer.”
Each year the Federal Tax Clinic, funded in part by the IRS, makes numerous community presentations to help educate low-income individuals about topics such as audits, the appeal process and programs such as offers in compromise, in addition to the services offered by the Legal Clinics. “I enjoyed getting the word out about the offer in compromise program as well as the tax controversy services offered by the USD Federal Tax Clinic,” commented Chou. “I also learned that general fear and confusion surrounding the IRS still exists.”
The Chula Vista Community Collaborative (CCVC) is just one of many partner organizations the Clinics collaborates with to provide information to the community regarding topics relating to the law. The CCVC seeks to act as a platform from which to launch effective new initiatives to improve quality of life and is the umbrella for a variety of programs and committees. The most notable infrastructure of the CVCC is the network of Family Resource Centers that have been created and sustained by collective effort.
“Attending the CVCC gives the USD Legal Clinics the opportunity to broadcast information about our services to the Chula Vista community,” noted Outreach Coordinator, Patty O’Deane. “It also gives me the opportunity to network and efficiently coordinate activities with other agencies and to hear about what’s going on in the community.”