College of Law

Tax Controversy Clinic

The Tax Controversy Clinic provides assistance to taxpayers in handling disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The clinic offers free representation to taxpayers who are involved with IRS audits, appeals, and collection matters. In certain cases, the clinic represents taxpayers before the United States Tax Court.

The clinic negotiates and resolves contested matters with the IRS. Representation is offered to taxpayers who could not otherwise afford representation and also to a limited number of taxpayers in cases of particular educational merit, where the fee which would normally be charged by a tax practitioner could be expected to equal or exceed the amount of tax in controversy.

The clinic is staffed by law students who are trained in tax law and supervised by the clinic director who is a practicing tax attorney and faculty member. The clinic not only gives students significant attorney/client experience, but also fulfills the need of underrepresented taxpayers for free and competent legal representation.

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Contact Chris Bourell, lecturer in law, at 419.684.TTCC or

Last Updated: 7/27/23