Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic

Information for Potential Clients

How Can We Help You?

We help eligible taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS, such as if the IRS disagrees with the tax returns you filed or you are unable to pay the amounts owed.

You may qualify for free help from the attorneys and law students at the Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic with problems such as:

  • Representing you during IRS audits
  • Helping resolve questions regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit, identity theft, or other issues
  • Challenging the audit through the internal IRS appeals process
  • Challenging the audit in the U.S. Tax Court
  • Negotiating installment payment agreements for amounts you owe the IRS
  • Negotiating reductions in amounts you owe the IRS if you cannot afford to pay
  • Protecting you from IRS attempts to collect amounts owed by garnishing your wages or taking money from your bank accounts
  • Seeking relief from amounts owed on a joint return you filed, when you subsequently divorced or were separated from your spouse
  • Filing refund claims

The Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic is funded in part by a grant from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent office within the IRS. Congress established the Taxpayer Advocate Service as your voice at the IRS. It helps people resolve tax problems with the IRS and recommends changes that prevent problems. An important part of its work is supporting and working with low income tax clinics like ours, throughout the country. Although our clinic is funded in part by the IRS, we are completely independent. You are our clients, and we do not share your information with the IRS other than as necessary to resolve your case.

Am I eligible for ​clinic assistance?

Under the terms of our grant, we primarily assist taxpayers whose income from all sources is less than 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. The amount that you are challenging must be $50,000 or less for each tax year for which you have a dispute with the IRS. Our staff will ask you questions about your situation, and request copies of relevant documents, to determine if you qualify and decide whether to take your case.

When is help available?

Since we are an educational institution, we abide by an academic calendar. The Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic operates during the Fall and Spring semesters. ​Our staffing is limited between semesters.

Who works on my case?

Law students at the Texas A&M University School of Law will handle your case, but they will be working under the supervision of a qualified and experienced tax attorney. Depending on how long it takes to resolve your case, it may be transferred to another law student after a new semester begins. Although the law students are not yet attorneys, they will be authorized by the IRS and the Tax Court to represent clients before they work on your case.

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete the Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic Request for Legal Services form and submit it online or call 817-212-4123. The clinic only sees potential clients by appointment. Our normal hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but we may be able to make appointments outside that schedule. Please note that we do not accept applications for services through email, nor do we accept walk-in applicants.

Para solicitar servicios legales, por favor hable al 817-212-4123. Solamente vemos a clientes que tengan cita. Nuestro horario es de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. de lunes a viernes, pero somos flexibles con tal horario si es necesario para mejor atender al cliente. No aceptamos solicitudes para servicios por correo electronico, ni atendemos a personas sin cita.

The Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic is unable to assist you with the following:

The Tax Dispute Resolution Clinic does not provide assistance with or advice about preparing your tax return.