The only thing worse than a notice from the IRS is needing help to deal with the notice and not having the money to pay for that help. That is why the IRS has a grant program to help service agencies establish Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) in their area.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics will help qualified taxpayers with IRS notices, representation before the IRS, and even help them file past year returns. To qualify, the taxpayer must have income that is below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for their area. In Kansas, that means that a household of 4 must have income below $55,875.
Once a taxpayer qualifies for help, the LITC will assign a qualified tax expert to work the case. All work is pro bono. The taxpayer pays nothing.
The LITCs are run by a wide variety of agencies. They must be affiliated with universities, legal aid groups, churches or other 501(c) organization. They can apply to the IRS for matching funds up to $100,000 on an annual basis with most grants running January to December. Currently, there are 165 clinics with at least one in every state and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In Kansas, one clinic is through the University of Kansas Research Center and a second is a project of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation. Many of the clinics can provide multi-lingual assistance.