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Tax Hurdles for Low-Income Workers

By Christina L. Cook

Many low-income clients are unaware of federal tax credits that can generate sizable refunds and, in some cases, may offer clients an alternative to welfare. Those who claim the credits are audited disproportionately and may have trouble proving their claims without an advocate's assistance. Unresolved tax disputes can needlessly drain a family's scarce resources. Legal services organizations may be able to find solutions to their clients' problems by incorporating tax law into traditional areas of practice.

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