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The Brooklyn Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (BLITC) provides legal representation, advice and referral to low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Click for self-help fact sheets here. We can assist you at all stages of your tax case, including:

  • Audits
  • Court proceedings
  • Appeals
  • Collections

BLITC handles all kinds of tax issues, including:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit verification and denials
  • Innocent Spouse claims
  • Worker classification
  • Dependency exemption and filing status issues
  • Nonfilers
  • Levies and liens

Please note that BLITC does NOT prepare tax returns.

You are eligible for BLITC services if :

  • You live in Brooklyn
  • You have an income tax problem with the IRS
  • Your total yearly household gross (before tax) income falls within certain guidelines, found here.

If you are eligible, call (718) 237-5528 on Tuesday or Thursday between 8 am and 8 pm and leave a message with your name and a phone number where you can be reached between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. A staff member will return your call as soon as possible.

Information is available to help you understand your tax rights and responsibilities and file your taxes under “Self Help” on the right of this page. Please click “All Self-Help Publications” and scroll down to find a complete list of fact sheets. For help with filing your taxes, see the list of resources under “Other Links” on the right.

The BLITC is staffed by Sarah Dranoff, Unit Director, and Anna Tavis, ABA Public Service Fellow.

BLITC is not affiliated with any government tax agency.

BLITC is part of the Workers’ Rights and Benefits Unit.

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