»Exclusive Tax Appeals Assistance Program: Externships

Tax Appeals Assistance ProgramChapman 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.

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“[T]axes are the most sensitive point of contact between citizens and
their government, [and there] is a delicate balance between revenue
collection and freedom from government oppression. It is the intent
of the Legislature to place guarantees in California law to ensure that
the rights, privacy, and property of California taxpayers are adequately
protected during the process of the assessment and collection of taxes.”

-California Taxpayers Bill of Rights