What We Do

The Florida Rural Legal Services Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is a free legal-aid clinic that provides legal services to low-income taxpayers who are in controversy with the Internal Revenue Service and educational services relating to tax matters to those for whom English is a second language. We will arrange to meet with clients at other times on an as-needed basis. The Tax Clinic also provides important tax-related legal services to indigent Florida taxpayers.

Roberto Suarez Clinic Director can be reach at Roberto.Suarez@frls.org or at ext. 4118

Qualifying for Help

1) You have a Federal Tax issue
2) You satisfy the Tax Clinic’s low-income requirements or English is your second language
3) The amount in controversy is less than$50,000 per tax year

About the Taxpayer Clinic and its Mission

The Tax Clinic is supported by funding it receives from a variety of sources, including the IRS. This program is approved by the State Bar of Florida as an entity eligible to receive pro bono contributions from attorneys. The Clinic is grateful for the support it has re-ceived in the past, and looks for-ward to receiving additional fund-ing from new donors to expand its critical services.

Did you receive a letter from the IRS?
Don’t panic!
Call Us to Get Help: (888) 582-3410
Our VITA partners will be offering free tax prep to our clients, both in person and virtually


Publication 1Taxpayer Rightsexplains your rights and the processes for examination, appeal, collection and refunds
Publication 5Taxpayer Appeal Rights and How to Prepare a Protest if You Don’t Agree explains how to appeal your case if you don’t agree with the IRS findings
Publication 556Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund explains the rules and procedures that IRS follows in examinations
Publication 594The IRS Collection Processexplains your rights and responsibilities regarding payment of federal taxes
Publication 1660Collection Appeal Rightsyour collection appeals rights
Publication 971Innocent Spouse Reliefif you believe you qualify as an “innocent spouse” to be relieved of part or all of the joint liability of taxes owed by you and your former spouse
Publication 3605Fast Track Mediation – Collectionexplains the process for prompt resolution of tax issues


Information from VITA (the info below contains their year-round sites that are offering free tax preparation assistance for those who make less than $66K)


Site Coordinator Days/Hours How To Schedule An Appointment
Estero Nancy Martin Thursdays (times TBD soon) Call 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900 or visit https://www.unitedwaylee.org/news/taxes-filed-free/
Fort Myers UW Bruce Morreale Wednesdays-every other Wednesday starting 5/1/19 (will add additional Wednesdays if need arises) 3pm-7pm (last appt. at 6pm) Call 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900 or visit https://www.unitedwaylee.org/news/taxes-filed-free/
Lehigh Acres Mary Meador Tuesdays-every other Tuesday starting 5-8 (last appt. at 7pm) Call 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900 or visit https://www.unitedwaylee.org/news/taxes-filed-free/
LaBelle Stan Health Monday on an as needed basis for now— clients will call Lisa Sands at LaBelle United Way for an appointment—239-433-7559

Problems we help solve

  • Child Tax Credit denials
  • Collection of tax debts
  • Currently Not Collectible Status
  • Dependent exemption problems
  • Earned Income Tax Credit problems
  • Hardship claims
  • Identity theft resolution
  • ITIN applications
  • Injured spouse relief
  • Innocent spouse relief
  • Installment agreements
  • IRS Appeals representation
  • IRS audit representation
  • Levies on Social Security income
  • Levies on wages
  • Offers in Compromise (OIC)
  • Responding to IRS notices
  • Self-Employment Tax Issues
  • U.S. Income tax treaty consultation
  • U.S. Tax Court representation