If you are under audit or owe back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, you should not fight this battle alone. Tax controversies with the IRS or Illinois Department of Revenue can lead to wage garnishments, bank account seizures and even the loss of your home or business. With so much on the line, you need an aggressive advocate that will help you secure a favorable settlement from the IRS.
At the Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic, we offer a cost-effective solution for those facing tax problems in Chicago and surrounding areas. For over 15 years, our clinic has been offering high-quality tax advice and legal services to those who cannot afford a high-priced tax lawyer. Our clinic began serving solely indigent and very low-income taxpayers in a pro bono capacity. In 2012, we evolved into our current model of providing middle class and small business taxpayers with experienced representation at affordable fees.
The Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic is overseen by Professor Jonathan Decatorsmith, a 25-year tax law attorney who has represented both sides in IRS tax cases. He spent 11 years working for the IRS before becoming an outspoken advocate for those facing tax problems. Professor Decatorsmith is assisted by Staff Attorney Ni Sha and our student interns. Our interns handle much of the clients’ work under the supervision of our attorneys. This allows us to keep our fees lower and gives the students the opportunity to provide superior quality services to taxpayers within our community.
For decades, our clinic has been devoted to representing clients with tax disputes involving both the IRS and the Illinois Department of Revenue. However, we also provide representation and assistance with civil litigation (including contract and commercial disputes), tax planning and general business services. We have Mandarin and Spanish speaking employees on staff and we generally offer flat fees for our services (as warranted). Our many years of experience in tax law and a wide range of other legal issues (with both domestic and international implications) give our clients a decided edge when dealing with these serious legal challenges.
If you are facing difficulties with the IRS and need an effective yet affordable solution, we can help. Contact us at the Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic today at 312-906-5041 for your free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you. Our clinic represents clients for IRS tax issues and commercial disputes in Chicago, The Loop, West Loop, Little Italy, Lake Shore Drive, north and northwest suburbs, and surrounding Illinois communities, as well as Southeast Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana.
The IRS, naturally, does not like to remove a penalty it has assessed. No matter how unfair these penalties may seem, you will still have to put in some work to get a civil penalty abatement to stick. That said, there are a fair number of reasonable causes upon which you can base a compelling argument: Ordinary Business Care and Prudence This category of abatement justification simply means "you did your best to pay your taxes, but couldn't for reasons beyond your control." Generally speaking, if you're not already a regular and conscientious taxpayer, you will not get the IRS to agree to this basis for abatement. But if you really did do everything in your power, and you've been compliant with your filing and payments for the past several years, you may be able to convince them that they should eliminate the penalty…this time. Death, Serious Illness, or Unavoidable Absence The "medical causes prevented me from […]
The Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic’s explicit mission is to provide the highest-quality legal services to individuals and businesses who are unable to afford the fees charged by traditional private law firms. Our focus is on middle class taxpayers and small business men and women who demand superior, responsive representation. The clinic utilizes the services of our student interns to assist Chicago Tax Attorney and Professor Jonathan Decatorsmith with resolving Internal Revenue Service problems, representing taxpayers in the Tax Court and U.S. District Court, and counseling on a wide variety of transactional matters. We believe that training our students in their dual obligations of ethical, aggressive representation and dedicated public service is a fundamental component of their professional education.
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