Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grant Program; Availability of 2014 Grant Application Package
This document contains a notice that the IRS has made available the 2014 Grant Application Package and Guidelines (Publication 3319) for organizations interested in applying for a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) matching grant for the 2014 grant year, which runs from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The application period runs from May 28, 2013, through July 12, 2013. The IRS will award a total of up to $6,000,000 (unless otherwise provided by specific Congressional appropriation) to qualifying organizations, subject to the limitations of Internal Revenue Code section 7526, for matching grants. 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 for free or for a nominal fee to low income taxpayers involved in tax disputes with the IRS, or educate individuals for whom English is a second language of their taxpayer rights and responsibilities, or both, can apply for a grant. 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, (2) an organization exempt from tax under I.R.C. Sec. 501(a) that represents low income taxpayers in tax controversies with the IRS or refers those taxpayers to qualified representatives, and (3) an organization exempt from tax under I.R.C. Sec. 501(a) that operates programs to inform individuals for whom English is a second language about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans
This document contains final regulations, consistent with the Affordable Care Act, regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage. Specifically, these final regulations increase the maximum permissible reward under a health-contingent wellness program offered in connection with a group health plan (and any related health insurance coverage) from 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of coverage. The final regulations further increase the maximum permissible reward to 50 percent for wellness programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use. These regulations also include other clarifications regarding the reasonable design of health-contingent wellness programs and the reasonable alternatives they must offer in order to avoid prohibited discrimination.