Syracuse University law student Daniel Taroli is pictured here with Prof. Robert G. Nassau who supervises the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at the law school. Taroli recently helped VLSP client Ms. W. resolve an income tax matter. In tax year 2013, Ms. W. ended up owing both federal ($4,500) and state ($500) income tax.
Taroli, a third-year law student particularly interested in tax, first determined that Ms. W.’s tax debts were correct. Then he assessed her financial resources.
With the authority of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Taroli was successful in getting Ms. W.’s federal debt status changed to “currently not collectible” based on her present income situation. Her student advocate also negotiated a reduced monthly payment to NY State, requiring only $25 a month instead of $50. Ms. W. is once again able to make her mortgage payments AND buy groceries.
“The clinic has been the most beneficial and rewarding experience I have had in law school,” Taroli acknowledged.
Written by Nora A. Jones