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April 5, 2010

ABA Offers Advice on Tax Filing; Pro Bono Opportunities for Members

As tax time once again rolls around, the Section of Taxation wants individuals, small business owners, managers of nonprofit organizations and others to have the latest information and tips for filing their returns. TaxTips4U is a Web site dedicated to helping individual taxpayers learn about their rights and responsibilities.

Among the topics that can be found on the site are: selecting a tax preparer, securing tax filing assistance at no cost, tax benefits for education and tax relief for victims of the mortgage crisis.

One of the newest audio resources on the site provides information about charitable deductions for donations in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. As the audio recording advises, individuals who made a donation before midnight on Feb. 28 may be eligible to receive a deduction for 2009; otherwise, donors may be eligible for the deduction in their 2010 filing.  The site has more specifics.

In addition to resources the Section of Taxation offers through the TaxTips4U site, the section also provides assistance to taxpayers directly through its pro bono efforts.  The section’s Pro Bono Committee helps coordinate efforts through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.  ABA members can donate time to assist those who may not be able to afford tax professionals, such as low-income individuals, persons with disabilities and the elderly.  The section’s pro bono opportunities include a “train the trainer” program on military bases whereby volunteer lawyers train others who will, in turn, help members of the military file their taxes.

Learn More About:  Pro BonoTax Law