2002 Founders' Celebration Events

Fourth Annual Workshop on Low Income Taxpayer Clinics

(Co-sponsored by ABA Section of Taxation)
May 8, 2002

This Conference was approved by the IRS as an appropriate LITC Grant Expense

This workshop has been underwritten in part by a grant from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

8:00 am - 8:45 am

8:45 am - 9:00 am
Welcoming Remarks

  • Claudio Grossman, Dean American University, Washington College of Law

  • Janet Spragens, Professor American University, Washington College of Law

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Panel 1: The IRS and the LITC Program
Keith Restaino, Moderator

A discussion of current issues in the LITC grant program.

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Panel 2: The Evolving Role of the IRS Service Centers
Nina E. Olson, Moderator

This panel, organized by the National Taxpayer Advocate=s office, will address how the IRS Service Centers (campuses) actually work, and how LITCs can most effectively manage their dealings with the Service Centers.

11:00 am - 11:15 am
Coffee Break

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Panel 3: Family Status Tax Issues
Leslie Book, Moderator

A discussion of family status audit issues and an examination of current proposals for change (including the Joint Committee=s Simplification Report, the National Taxpayer Advocate=s Report, and the Treasury proposals).

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Speaker: Hon. B. John Williams Chief Counsel, IRS

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Panel 4: Process Issues involving LITCs
Nancy Abramowitz, Moderator

A discussion of current LITC procedural issues, including problems of handling long distance audits, separate IRS audits of different tax years, stuffer notices, special challenges in representing ESL taxpayers, inconvenient AS@ case calendar dates, and proposed OIC user fees.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Coffee Break

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Panel 5: Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1
Academic Clinics: Pedagogy and Other Issues

Breakout 2
Nonprofit Clinics: Operating Issues

Breakout 3
A Primer for New LITCs on Tax Research and Procedure

Immediately Following Workshop