Tax Court Volunteer Program

Judges from the United States Tax Court hold approximately 20–25 trial sessions per year in Texas. Our program assists pro se, low income taxpayers during the calendar calls. We want to connect with Tax Section members willing to volunteer their time for one or more of the calendar calls.
The volunteers generally (1) answer the taxpayer’s questions about the legal issues and procedure; (2) act as a mediator to assist the taxpayer with discussing the case with IRS Counsel; and/or (3) provide general advice concerning how to present the case at trial. The volunteers generally do NOT enter an appearance before the United States Tax Court. However, volunteers must be licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court in order to participate. The time commitment for any particular calendar call is limited to ONE DAY ONLY and often lasts only a couple of hours. The Tax Section will cover any related travel expense.
The program provides tax practitioners excellent exposure to United States Tax Court Judges while providing a needed service to the community. We have received very positive feedback about the program from the taxpayers, the judges, and IRS Counsel.
Scheduled Tax Court dates are noted below. Interested Section members may contact the Pro Bono Committee Chair, Juan F. Vasquez, Jr. for more information. 

September 17, 2018 Lubbock
October 1, 2018 Dallas and San Antonio
October 15, 2018 Houston
November 5, 2018 Dallas
December 10, 2018 Dallas
December 17, 2018 Houston
January 7, 2019 San Antonio
January 28, 2019 El Paso
January 31, 2019 Lubbock
February 4, 2019 Houston
February 25, 2019 Dallas
March 18, 2019 Dallas
March 25, 2019 Houston

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