|About the Clinic||Bookstein on 11/17|
The Bookstein Tax Clinic provides free federal tax controversy resolution services to low-income taxpayers residing throughout the Los Angeles area. It has launched its operations in 2008 as one of the components of Cal State Northridge's service learning programs.
Under the supervision of an experienced tax professional, student clinicians (both undergraduate and graduate students) serve low-income taxpayers who face a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service. The Bookstein Tax Clinic also provides tax education to taxpayers not proficient in the English language. Student clinicians receive instruction on the intricacies of substantive tax law and tax practice and procedure, and apply this knowledge to resolve clients’ tax matters with diligence, excellence, and efficiency. Tax student clinicians also educate taxpayers about tax matters by participating in numerous community outreach programs featuring a wide array of tax issues. The Bookstein Tax Clinic cultivates young tax accountants who have a refined sense of responsibility to serve the needs of others.
Undergraduate and graduate accounting students are provided the opportunity to handle various aspects of controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, including interviewing clients, preparing cases for appeals conferences and appearing at the conferences themselves, preparing offers-in-compromise, and negotiating settlements with the Internal Revenue Service. The Bookstein Tax Clinic also provides students high quality training that is transferable to both large firm and solo practices. Students are required to attend classes and work independently and in teams on their cases.
The Bookstein Tax Clinic provides a service to the community by representing for no charge taxpayers who are unable to afford professional representation. The determination of whether an individual is accepted as a client depends on the individual's financial situation, the nature of the controversy and the workload of the Bookstein Tax Clinic. Individuals who seek to obtain representation from the Bookstein Tax Clinic must provide information relating to their financial status. While the Bookstein Tax Clinic is supported in part through a generous grant from the Internal Revenue Service, it is not part of the Internal Revenue Service.