Consumer Debt and Tax Law Legal Referrals

Attorney ReferralsBill Taggart
300 Frank H Ogawa Plz Ste 370
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 893-9999
Notes: Provides consumer debt and tax law services at reasonable rates; his services were recommended by a contact in the Tax Law group at Latham & Watkins.Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI)BALI is a program that helps new attorneys get up and running with legal practices in which they are committed to providing affordable legal services. They practice in a range of areas, including consumer debt. Although they are based in Oakland, many of their attorneys are willing to take cases throughout the state. The best way to get in contact with them is by filling out an initial screening questionnaire on their website:  Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program is a matching grant program that provides federal funds to organizations so they in turn can provide LITC services to taxpayers who are low income or who speak English as a second language (ESL).Clinics participating in the LITC program provide:Representation for individuals in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including audits, appeals, collection matters, and federal tax litigation. LITCs can also help taxpayers respond to IRS notices and correct account problems;Education about taxpayer rights and responsibilities; andAdvocacy on behalf of low income and ESL taxpayers.LITC services are free or low cost for eligible taxpayers. Although LITCs receive partial funding from the IRS, clinics, their employees, and their volunteers are completely independent of the IRS. Each clinic determines whether prospective clients meet income guidelines and other criteria before agreeing to represent them.The one closest to us is the Tax Project at the Justice and Diversity Center: can search for others here: