Clinics Provides Federal Tax Information to Veterans in Preparation for Tax Season

“I think it’s important to honor our veterans for everything they’ve done for this country. They’ve risked their lives, and it’s the least we can do to help them with their tax and legal issues,” reflects Federal Tax Clinic Law Clerk Whitney Fountain of a recent presentation at Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD).

Legal Intern Aaron Clinger presenting on the Audit process.

Legal Intern Aaron Clinger presenting on the Audit process.

On February 19, 2014, Fountain and Legal Intern Aaron Clinger provided an educational presentation to veterans and answered their questions regarding the federal income tax process.  Fountain and Clinger covered topics such as audits, the appeals process, the Statute of Limitations, collections and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

A question and answer session followed, and the presenters shared a wonderful Federal Tax Clinic success story with the attendees. Fountain and Clinger also discussed the services that the legal clinics provide to the low-income members of our community and how they can schedule an appointment.

Fountain and Clinger answering questions after the presentation.

Fountain and Clinger answering questions after the presentation.

“It was a very rewarding experience,” comments Fountain. “Most of the veterans were dealing with ongoing disputes with the IRS and had no idea where to turn. Our presentation was a great guide for them going forward and some of them have already reached out to our clinic for help.”

In addition to supporting veterans with their tax issues, the USD Legal Clinics also offers a Veterans Legal Clinic that provides support to veterans that have disputes with for-profit schools or lenders over the use of their GI Bill funds and education related loans, discharge upgrades, and VA Disability Claims appeals. USD law student interns, under the direction of a supervising attorney, can offer free legal services to assist them. These services range from advice to identification of potential claims to representation in litigation, arbitration and before governmental review boards. For more information visit the website, or call (619) 260-7470.

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