VERMILLION, S.D. – Though this is typically tax season, South Dakotans can receive legal advice year-round for tax disputes with the IRS at the state’s only Federal Tax Clinic at the University of South Dakota’s School of Law.
The Federal Tax Clinic doesn’t offer tax preparation help unless issues from previous years must be settled before the current year’s taxes can be filed. It does, however, help potential clients with everything from questions to more serious issues such as audits, requesting a stay in collections and preparing tax debt settlements.
By contacting Sonya Miller, clinic director, potential clients can determine whether they qualify for representation based on income and household size. Those who do qualify then work with student attorneys who have special authorization to practice before the IRS under Miller’s supervision. Even South Dakotans who do not meet the criteria can still receive guidance in the form of a consultation.
The clinic serves the entire state and taxpayers don’t need to drive to Vermillion because help is also available by phone, fax, video conference, email and regular mail. Though clients don’t pay for the clinic’s time, they must cover some related costs, such as court filing fees.
“IRS letters can be confusing, but we can help you understand them,” Miller said. “This service takes some of the burden off your shoulders. We can answer your questions, whether the IRS is right or wrong, and give you peace of mind.”
Information about the services offered and eligibility can be found at www.usd.edu/law/federal-tax-clinic.