Chapman University Fowler School of Law is just one of four law schools in the state to be asked by the California State Board of Equalization to take part in this exciting new pro bono Tax Appeals Assistance Program in which students:
- Help low income tax payers appeal adverse state taxing authority decisions
- Write and respond to appellate briefs
- Proceed to argue cases before the Board
Externs Make a Difference
Most program clients are low-income taxpayers who, without the program, would be facing the prospect of a complex tax appeal without legal or tax representation. Many are single parents with young children. For a substantial number, English is a second language. Often these clients do not possess sufficient education or language skills to handle the daunting burden of effectively corresponding with the Franchise Tax Board. To many, the denial of a tax refund or the receipt of a tax bill may mean forgoing gifts or clothing for their children. Tax representation for these clients is nearly nonexistent in program-served communities. The representation provided by the externs makes a real difference in their clients’ lives.
Find out more about this innovative project by reading our brochure.