On April 11, 2013, as part of the USD Legal Clinics’ outreach to various San Diego County Public Library branches, our Federal Tax Clinic presented at the Vista branch library in North County. Law Clerk Dalia Astalos and Legal Intern Jun Won Im provided an informational presentation to participants regarding the federal tax process, including collections and appeals. The last of numerous countywide federal tax presentations this semester, the presentation was also provided just four days before the deadline for income tax return filing.
Community Outreach Coordinator, Patty O’Deane, also attended the presentation and assisted in providing additional information to participants. “These community presentations are a vital part of the USD Legal Clinic’s educational experience for our Legal Interns, in addition to providing support and assistance to our community,” states O’Deane. “Additionally, we help low-income San Diegans understand the tax process better, hopefully easing their stress and difficulty in their dealings with the IRS.”
“These Federal Tax Clinic presentations are also important to our community because they help us get the word out to more people about our legal services,” adds Legal Intern Jun Won Im. “It also helps them understand some of the basics of tax laws as well as tax controversy procedures.”
Located on Eucalyptus Ave in Vista, this branch of the library offers numerous community programs, many of which are offered in both Spanish and English. The Legal Clinics services are also offered in multiple languages, and Patty O’Deane assists in an additional role as one of the clinics’ Spanish interpreters.
As an important part of the legal education for the clinics’ interns, these presentations help Legal Interns gain hands-on experience in the community, helping the students build confidence and additional mastery over the material. “Presenting to the community has helped me increase my understanding of tax controversies and procedures, particularly as it relates to collection matters with the IRS,” comments Jun Won Im. “Having a strong knowledge of tax laws is important for us as interns, because this type of law is intertwined with so many different legal fields.”