How We Help
The Federal Tax Clinic is one of seven clinics comprising the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. As part of its mission to help low-income individuals and families in Greater Boston, the Federal Tax Clinic provides free legal representation, advice, and counsel to low-income clients with tax problems.
We handle a variety of case types, from family tax issues such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, child tax credit, and dependency exemptions, to IRS collection matters such as installment payment agreements, offers in compromise, and audit reconsiderations. Our service is available at all procedural stages in a client’s case, including representing clients in federal court in controversies against the IRS.
The Federal Tax Clinic helps clients with incomes which do not exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2015, this would be $29,425 plus $10,400 for each additional person living with the client (for instance, $60,625 for a household of four). If you know someone who might meet these qualifications and needs help with a tax problem, please refer them to us.
The Federal Tax Clinic accepts intakes and referrals from all sources, but has a particular focus on representing low-income veterans and immigrants/non-English speakers.
Service Area: We primarily represent clients who live in Greater Boston. When unique or particularly important legal issues are at stake, we will also consider cases from outside our primary geographic service area.
Apply for Assistance
Prospective clients can apply for assistance by calling (866) 738-8081 (toll free) or (617) 522-3003 and asking for the Federal Tax Clinic. Walk-ins are also welcome during business hours (Monday through Friday 9am-5pm).
Commonly Asked Questions
Questions coming soon… stay tuned!
Keith joined the Federal Tax Clinic in 2015 and is a national authority on tax procedure. Before joining the Clinic, Keith was the director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Villanova University School of Law. He was chosen as the IRS Chief Counsel Robert H. Jackson National Attorney of the Year in 2007 and the ABA Tax Section Janet R. Spragens Pro Bono Award winner in 2015. He is a past chair of the ABA Tax Section Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee and a current member of the ABA Tax Section governing council. Keith received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, and his L.L.M. in tax from the College of William and Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law.
Audrey Patten joined the Legal Services Center in 2015 to represent survivors of domestic violence in consumer law cases, dealing primarily with debt collections and bankruptcy. Audrey then joined the tax clinic in 2017. Prior to working at the Legal Services Center, Audrey was a staff attorney at Northeast Legal Aid, Inc. in Lowell, MA. Audrey graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2012, where she was a managing editor of the Emory International Law Review and a student in the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, and the Emory Supreme Court Advocacy Project. She was also Emory’s recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association’s Outstanding Student Award. Audrey holds an M.A. in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University and a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University.
Please Note: This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you concerning any legal problem. The information conveyed on this website is not legal advice, and is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and the Legal Services Center or any attorney at LSC. This website does not constitute an agreement to represent you. Please be aware that unsolicited letters, emails, and faxes do not create an attorney-client relationship, and you should not send any confidential information to LSC or any attorney at LSC unless and until you and LSC enter into a formal agreement establishing an attorney-client relationship.
The Federal Tax Clinic does not provide tax preparation services unless necessary to resolve a controversy or as incidental to ESL education.
Telephone: (866) 738-8081 (toll-free number) or (617) 522-3003
Office Location: 122 Boylston St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. We are located right next to the Stony Brook T stop on the Orange Line in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. We also have free parking behind our building off of Amory Street