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Bentley Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

What is the Bentley Low Income Taxpayer Clinic?

About the Center: 

Through education and pro bono representation to low-income taxpayers, the Bentley University Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (BLITC) helps to ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for the benefit of the local community.  In the process, the clinic educates graduate students in the effective, professional and ethical representation of clients before the IRS.

The BLITC provides free tax assistance to low-income individuals who have tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service. We are not the IRS and all of our meetings with the taxpayer are confidential.  Information is sent to the IRS only if the taxpayer provies us the permission to do so.  If needed, the taxpayer can bring a friend to translate or the BLITC can arrange to provide translation services.  Students participating in the BLITC are Bentley University Graduate Students -- some of whom are qualified Certified Public Accountants.

The BLITC can help with the following:

  • Communicate and negotiate with the IRS about the amount you owe/your tax liability.
  • Assist in obtaining an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) so that a tax return can be filed.
  • Help taxpayers with Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
  • Help taxpayers if you have received a letter or notice from the IRS.
  • Respond to IRS Notices
  • Innocent Spouse Relief
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Settlements of Tax Debt
  • Installment Agreements
  • Offers In Compromise
  • Representation at Audit
  • Appeals
  • Liens and Levies
  • and more


Who must file a tax return?

Due to the complexity of this issue, please contact us to find out.

What is Low Income? 

Low income is considered at or below the 250% poverty level, and for 2017 income must be below $29,700 for single individuals.  For each dependent, income increases by $10,400.  For example, a family of three may apply for assistance if their income is $50,500 or below.

This website contains information about federal income tax disputes, but it is not intended to serve as a substitute for legal counsel. To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained on the website (including links and attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and may not be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed on this website.