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Two Gonzaga School of Law Students to Provide Tax Law Help in Alaska June 3-7

Posted on May 30, 2013 in: Academics, Events
SPOKANE, Wash.  – Gonzaga University School of Law students Matthew Graham and Andrew Thomas, who are also simultaneously pursuing Master of Accountancy degrees at Gonzaga, will spend part of their summer in Alaska helping low-income taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Gonzaga University Law School students Matthew Graham (left) and Andrew Thomas (right) will help taxpayers in Anchorage.

SPOKANE, Wash.  – Gonzaga University School of Law students Matthew Graham and Andrew Thomas, who are also simultaneously pursuing Master of Accountancy degrees at Gonzaga, will spend part of their summer in Alaska helping low-income taxpayers in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

The law students – who are earning dual degrees in collaboration with Gonzaga’s School of Business Administration – will spend next week (June 3-7) helping taxpayers at the IRS Alaska State Tax Court Session in Anchorage. They will provide a variety of services – all of which are free to taxpayers who choose to represent themselves in disputes with the IRS.

Graham and Thomas, guided by supervisor Jennifer Gellner, could help taxpayers negotiate settlements, obtain continuance orders, prepare for trial, or provide further insight to help taxpayers in their cases with the IRS.

Most states receive this legal assistance from local law schools, but Alaska doesn’t have a law school, so Gonzaga Law Tax Clinic students have – for the past five years – made the 2,400-mile trip to provide this service. The Gonzaga Low Income Taxpayer Clinic also provides assistance to local Spokane-area taxpayers.

Gonzaga’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic is funded mostly through IRS grants. For 2013, the IRS will grant the clinic $94,000, an increase of $34,000 from funding five years ago. Also, the Washington State Bar Association Taxation Section has awarded the clinic $2,000 in recognition of students’ successful representation of low-income taxpayers.

For more information, please contact Andrea Parrish at Gonzaga Law School at (509) 313-3771 or via e-mail.

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