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Recent Developments at the Tax Clinic

  • The Tax Clinic received a $98,000 grant from the Taxpayer Advocate Service for 2013 and has a continuation grant for 2014 and 2015 (amounts to be determined).
  • The State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section awarded a $3,000 grant to the Tax Clinic for 2013.
  • The Tax Clinic has partnered with the University of Michigan Tax Clinic to participate in the State Bar of Michigan's tax pro bono project, which refers tax matters to Michigan licensed attorneys.  To qualify to obtain assistance from the State Bar referral program, a taxpayer's current income cannot exceed 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Student tax clinicians succeeded in obtaining penalty waivers in two Michigan Tax Tribunal cases: Kirsten v Department of Bureau of Tax Policy, docket numbers 0448750 and 0448888; Dunham v Department of Bureau of Tax Policy, docket number 448252.
  • A student tax clinician successfully obtained a charitable exemption from ad valorem property tax in Allen Creek Preschool v City of Ann Arbor, docket number 409603.
  • In the first half of 2013, student tax clinicians obtained 27 offers in compromise for tax clinic clients, 25 for $100 or less.

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