Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program; Availability of 2019 Grant Application Package, 23528-23529 [2018-10742]

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[FR Doc. 2018–10738 Filed 5–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program; Availability of 2019 Grant Application Package Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This document contains a notice that the IRS has made available the 2019 Grant Application Package and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 98 / Monday, May 21, 2018 / Notices Guidelines (Publication 3319) for organizations interested in applying for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant for the 2019 grant year, which runs from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. The application period runs from May 16, 2018, through June 27, 2018. Pursuant to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7526, the IRS will annually award up to $6,000,000 (unless otherwise provided by specific Congressional appropriation) to qualifying organizations, subject to the limitations set forth in the statute. For fiscal year 2018, Congress appropriated a total of $12,000,000 in federal funds for LITC grants. See Public Law 115–141. A qualifying organization may receive a matching grant of up to $100,000 per year for up to a three-year project period. Qualifying organizations that provide representation to low income taxpayers involved in a tax controversy with the IRS and educate individuals for whom English is a second language (ESL) about their rights and responsibilities under the IRC are eligible for a grant. An LITC must provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee. Examples of qualifying organizations include (1) a clinical program at an accredited law, business, or accounting school whose students represent low income taxpayers in tax controversies with the IRS and (2) an organization exempt from tax under IRS section 501(a) whose employees and volunteers represent low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS and may also make referrals to qualified volunteers to provide representation. In determining whether to award a grant, the IRS will consider a variety of factors, including: (1) The number of taxpayers who will be assisted by the organization, including the number of ESL taxpayers in that geographic area; (2) the existence of other LITCs assisting the same population of low income and ESL taxpayers; (3) the quality of the program offered by the organization, including the qualifications of its administrators and qualified representatives, and its record, if any, in providing representation services to low income taxpayers; (4) the quality of the application, including the reasonableness of the proposed budget; (5) the organization’s compliance with all federal tax obligations (filing and payment); (6) the organization’s compliance with all federal nontax monetary obligations (filing and payment); (7) whether debarment of suspension (31 CFR part 19) applies or whether the organization is otherwise excluded from or ineligible for a federal VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:20 May 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 award; and (8) alternative funding sources available to the organization, including amounts received from other grants and contributors and the endowment and resources of the institution sponsoring the organization. DATES: The IRS is authorized to award multi-year grants not to exceed three years. For an organization not currently receiving a grant for 2018 or an organization whose multi-year grant ends in 2018, the organization must submit its application electronically at www.grants.gov. For an organization currently receiving a grant for 2018 that is requesting funding for the second or third year of a multi-year grant, the organization must submit the funding request electronically at www.grantsolutions.gov. All organizations must use the funding number of TREAS–GRANTS–052019– 001, and applications and funding requests for the 2018 grant year must be filed electronically by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on June 27, 2018. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance program number is 21.008. See www.cfda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The LITC Program Office at (202) 317–4700 (not a toll-free number) or by email at LITCProgramOffice@irs.gov. The LITC Program Office is located at: IRS, Taxpayer Advocate Service, LITC Grant Program Administration Office, TA: LITC, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 1034, Washington, DC 20224. Copies of the 2019 Grant Application Package and Guidelines, IRS Publication 3319 (Rev. 5–2018), can be downloaded from the IRS internet site at www.irs.gov/advocate or ordered by calling the IRS Distribution Center tollfree at 1–800–829–3676. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 7526 of the IRC authorizes the IRS, subject to the availability of appropriated funds, to award qualified organizations matching grants of up to $100,000 per year for the development, expansion, or continuation of low income taxpayer clinics. A qualified organization is one that represents low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS and informs individuals for whom English is a second language of their taxpayer rights and responsibilities, and does not charge more than a nominal fee for its services (except for reimbursement of actual costs incurred). A clinic will be treated as representing low income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS if at least 90 percent of the taxpayers represented by PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23529 the clinic have incomes that do not exceed 250 percent of the federal poverty level. In addition, the amount in controversy for the tax year to which the controversy relates generally cannot exceed the amount specified in IRC section 7463 (currently $50,000) for eligibility for special small tax case procedures in the United States Tax Court. The IRS may award grants to qualified organizations to fund one-year, two-year, or three-year project periods. Grant funds may be awarded for startup expenditures incurred by new clinics during the grant year. Mission Statement Low Income Taxpayer Clinics ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a second language by providing pro bono representation on their behalf in tax disputes with the IRS, by educating them about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers, and by identifying and advocating for issues that impact low income taxpayers. Selection Consideration Applications that pass the eligibility screening process will undergo a Technical Evaluation and must receive a minimum score to be considered further. Applications achieving the minimum score will be subject to a Program Office evaluation. The final funding decision is made by the National Taxpayer Advocate, unless recused. The costs of preparing and submitting an application (or a request for continued funding) are the responsibility of each applicant. Applications and requests for continued funding may be released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Therefore, applicants must not include any individual taxpayer information. Each application and request for continued funding will be given due consideration and the LITC Program Office will notify each applicant once funding decisions have been made. Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. [FR Doc. 2018–10742 Filed 5–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P U.S.-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY REVIEW COMMISSION Notice of Open Public Hearing U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. ACTION: Notice of open public hearing. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Internal Revenue Service


Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program; Availability of 2019 
Grant Application Package

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This document contains a notice that the IRS has made 
available the 2019 Grant Application Package and

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Guidelines (Publication 3319) for organizations interested in applying 
for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant for the 2019 
grant year, which runs from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. 
The application period runs from May 16, 2018, through June 27, 2018. 
Pursuant to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 7526, the IRS will 
annually award up to $6,000,000 (unless otherwise provided by specific 
Congressional appropriation) to qualifying organizations, subject to 
the limitations set forth in the statute. For fiscal year 2018, 
Congress appropriated a total of $12,000,000 in federal funds for LITC 
grants. See Public Law 115-141.
    A qualifying organization may receive a matching grant of up to 
$100,000 per year for up to a three-year project period. Qualifying 
organizations that provide representation to low income taxpayers 
involved in a tax controversy with the IRS and educate individuals for 
whom English is a second language (ESL) about their rights and 
responsibilities under the IRC are eligible for a grant. An LITC must 
provide services for free or for no more than a nominal fee. Examples 
of qualifying organizations include (1) a clinical program at an 
accredited law, business, or accounting school whose students represent 
low income taxpayers in tax controversies with the IRS and (2) an 
organization exempt from tax under IRS section 501(a) whose employees 
and volunteers represent low income taxpayers in controversies with the 
IRS and may also make referrals to qualified volunteers to provide 
representation.
    In determining whether to award a grant, the IRS will consider a 
variety of factors, including: (1) The number of taxpayers who will be 
assisted by the organization, including the number of ESL taxpayers in 
that geographic area; (2) the existence of other LITCs assisting the 
same population of low income and ESL taxpayers; (3) the quality of the 
program offered by the organization, including the qualifications of 
its administrators and qualified representatives, and its record, if 
any, in providing representation services to low income taxpayers; (4) 
the quality of the application, including the reasonableness of the 
proposed budget; (5) the organization's compliance with all federal tax 
obligations (filing and payment); (6) the organization's compliance 
with all federal nontax monetary obligations (filing and payment); (7) 
whether debarment of suspension (31 CFR part 19) applies or whether the 
organization is otherwise excluded from or ineligible for a federal 
award; and (8) alternative funding sources available to the 
organization, including amounts received from other grants and 
contributors and the endowment and resources of the institution 
sponsoring the organization.

DATES: The IRS is authorized to award multi-year grants not to exceed 
three years. For an organization not currently receiving a grant for 
2018 or an organization whose multi-year grant ends in 2018, the 
organization must submit its application electronically at 
www.grants.gov. For an organization currently receiving a grant for 
2018 that is requesting funding for the second or third year of a 
multi-year grant, the organization must submit the funding request 
electronically at www.grantsolutions.gov. All organizations must use 
the funding number of TREAS-GRANTS-052019-001, and applications and 
funding requests for the 2018 grant year must be filed electronically 
by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on June 27, 2018. The Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance program number is 21.008. See www.cfda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The LITC Program Office at (202) 317-
4700 (not a toll-free number) or by email at [email protected]. 
The LITC Program Office is located at: IRS, Taxpayer Advocate Service, 
LITC Grant Program Administration Office, TA: LITC, 1111 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Room 1034, Washington, DC 20224. Copies of the 2019 Grant 
Application Package and Guidelines, IRS Publication 3319 (Rev. 5-2018), 
can be downloaded from the IRS internet site at www.irs.gov/advocate or 
ordered by calling the IRS Distribution Center toll-free at 1-800-829-
3676.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Section 7526 of the IRC authorizes the IRS, subject to the 
availability of appropriated funds, to award qualified organizations 
matching grants of up to $100,000 per year for the development, 
expansion, or continuation of low income taxpayer clinics. A qualified 
organization is one that represents low income taxpayers in 
controversies with the IRS and informs individuals for whom English is 
a second language of their taxpayer rights and responsibilities, and 
does not charge more than a nominal fee for its services (except for 
reimbursement of actual costs incurred).
    A clinic will be treated as representing low income taxpayers in 
controversies with the IRS if at least 90 percent of the taxpayers 
represented by the clinic have incomes that do not exceed 250 percent 
of the federal poverty level. In addition, the amount in controversy 
for the tax year to which the controversy relates generally cannot 
exceed the amount specified in IRC section 7463 (currently $50,000) for 
eligibility for special small tax case procedures in the United States 
Tax Court. The IRS may award grants to qualified organizations to fund 
one-year, two-year, or three-year project periods. Grant funds may be 
awarded for start-up expenditures incurred by new clinics during the 
grant year.

Mission Statement

    Low Income Taxpayer Clinics ensure the fairness and integrity of 
the tax system for taxpayers who are low income or speak English as a 
second language by providing pro bono representation on their behalf in 
tax disputes with the IRS, by educating them about their rights and 
responsibilities as taxpayers, and by identifying and advocating for 
issues that impact low income taxpayers.

Selection Consideration

    Applications that pass the eligibility screening process will 
undergo a Technical Evaluation and must receive a minimum score to be 
considered further.
    Applications achieving the minimum score will be subject to a 
Program Office evaluation. The final funding decision is made by the 
National Taxpayer Advocate, unless recused. The costs of preparing and 
submitting an application (or a request for continued funding) are the 
responsibility of each applicant.
    Applications and requests for continued funding may be released in 
response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Therefore, applicants 
must not include any individual taxpayer information.
    Each application and request for continued funding will be given 
due consideration and the LITC Program Office will notify each 
applicant once funding decisions have been made.

Nina E. Olson,
National Taxpayer Advocate.
[FR Doc. 2018-10742 Filed 5-18-18; 8:45 am]
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