Low Income Tax Clinic / Kansas City Tax Clinic

The Low Income Tax Clinic a/k/a the Kansas City Tax Clinic began assisting clients in 1999. Since that time, the clinic has represented nearly 2,200 clients and provided countless informal consultations with respect to their federal tax controversy. The clinic assists individuals with federal tax controversies. UMKC faculty will supervise law students as they provide legal and professional services to qualified clients.

Services include:

  • United States Tax Court submission and representation
  • Assistance with IRS income tax audits
  • Assistance with IRS collection alternatives including:
    • Offer in compromise submissions
    • Installment agreements
    • Currently not collectable status
    • Collection Due Process submission and hearings
  • Assistance with filing DELINQUENT federal income tax returns
  • Innocent Spouse representation
  • The clinic is NOT a tax preparation service for current year taxes. This service is handled by VITA.


Students are required to complete Federal Taxation before enrolling in the clinic.  They receive further training throughout their time in the clinic.  Many students also take Tax Procedure and apply the knowledge gained in both Federal Tax and Tax Procedure to cases encountered in the clinic.  In addition, students learn how to provide ethical and competent representation to individual income tax clients.

More information can be found in RooLaw


The clinic serves clients who have a federal tax controversy and meet the Low Income guidelines established by the Internal Revenue Code. The clinic provides legal service on a pro-bono (no cost) basis. To be considered as a client please call the clinic and either the Director or a student will conduct a telephone intake interview.

The Kansas City Tax Clinic

Work Phone: 816-235-6201

Email: umkclawtaxclinic@umkc.edu