Legal Aid

Without TATA, taxpayers who cannot afford representation in tax disputes with the tax agency are likely to get the wrong result. Simply because they do not understand the tax law, or they do not understand what they need to provide to the agency to support their case, or they simply give up because they are afraid or intimidated by the tax agency.

TATA are vital for ensuring two key taxpayer rights:

  • The right to retain representation, and
  • The right to a fair and just tax system.
Low income and other vulnerable taxpayer populations may not know they have the general right to challenge the tax agency and be heard, or that they have specific protections under the law.  TATA ensure that low income taxpayers are afforded the same rights and protections due process as taxpayers who can pay for counsel. By providing pro bono representation of low income taxpayers and educating low income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities, TATA ensure that tax disputes are decided on the merits and not by default. And through litigating cases, submitting comments on tax regulations and tax agency notices and initiatives, and writing articles, conducting research, and presenting at conferences. TATA ensures that the tax law takes into consideration the facts and circumstances of low income and other vulnerable populations, not just affluent or corporate taxpayers.

TATA Center believes that information requests from the TRA can be particularly burdensome on low-income taxpayers and impact their ability to comply with the tax law, or worse, create deterrence from taking valid tax positions on their return. Such deterrence could create a situation where the validity of the information requested is effectively exempted from meaningful review. For these reasons, while TATA recognizes the right of the TRA to request information, it believes that such requests should be susceptible to challenges prior to full payment of any penalties associated with failing to comply with the potentially burdensome requirements.

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TATA assist low and large income individuals who have a tax dispute with the TRA, and provide education and outreach to individuals who speak English as a second language.

TATA is independent from the TRA. TATA represent individuals whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve tax problems with the TRA. TATA can represent taxpayers in audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes before the TRA and in the court of law. TATA can also help taxpayers respond to TRA notices and correct accounting problems. In addition, TATA can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a minimal fee.

Clinic participating in the TATA Program ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for taxpayers who are low and large-income or speak English as a second language by:-

  • Providing pro bono representation on their behalf in tax disputes with the TRA.
  • Educating them about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
  • Identifying and advocating for issues that impact these taxpayers.

Our Legal team will be with you at every turn as we work with you to resolve your tax issue.

 

We ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that taxpayers know and understand their rights.

Do you know of a tax issue that affects a large group of taxpayers? Let us know by submitting through our TATA Advocacy Management.