Low-income tax clinics, or LITCs, are clinics which service the tax needs and representation of those who cannot afford their own independent representation in disputes with the IRS and other tax agencies. These clinics, in many cases, provide education about taxes and tax forms for free or for a nominal fee.
In the event that a person without financial means comes into conflict with the IRS, an LITC can be sought to represent the citizen. These clinics provide representation and support in the form of legal advice, help filing appropriate paperwork and many other basic utility services. There is a searchable database of their locations on the IRS site.
Eligibility must be assessed and confirmed based on income and other factors before an LITC can represent an individual. These centers can be accessed only by those perceived as needing their services, and the same is true of their educational programs. The AARP Foundation also provides a service, primarily for seniors, which helps low-income taxpayers prepare and file their taxes.
The LITC service is maintained in part by grants divested through the IRS. This is a government-sponsored program to help people without means retain their agency in scenarios where they find themselves in breach of tax laws or subject to other forms of inquiry which can be financially destructive or exhausting.