Federal Tax Clinic

Representing low-income taxpayers in various federal tax proceedings.

Students in the Federal Tax clinic represent low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS, both before the IRS and in federal court. Students will work in teams to represent taxpayers involving examinations, administrative appeals, collection matters and cases before the United States Tax Court and Federal District Courts.

In the past, students’ representation has resulted in substantial taxpayer benefits, including taxpayer receipt of many thousands of dollars of refunds, relief from joint and several liability for innocent spouses, and reduction of tax liabilities through successful negotiated resolutions or compromises of liabilities based upon taxpayer financial hardship. The work of students in the Villanova Federal Tax Clinic has often been the key difference for taxpayers attempting to prove the amount or existence of a federal tax liability or eligibility for refundable credits that can have a significant impact on a taxpayer’s financial condition.

The Villanova Federal Tax Clinic is not permitted to prepare tax returns or ITIN applications.


Faculty:  Assistant Professor Christine Speidel

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Villanova University
Charles Widger School of Law
Clinical Program

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-5894
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