Tax Law

Tax Law Clinic

Students who intern in the Tax Clinic participate in one of the country’s leading tax clinics, aggressively representing clients in a wide variety of disputes with the Internal Revenue.  A full-service federal tax controversy and transactions practice, the Tax Clinic primarily serves middle-income individuals and small business taxpayers in connection with IRS and Illinois Department of Revenue audits, administrative appeals, asset seizures and other debt enforcement actions, and trials before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Court, and the Illinois Independent Tax Tribunal.  

Under the supervision of Professor Jon Decatorsmith, a former IRS trial attorney and experienced federal tax litigator, students receive hands-on practice negotiating settlements with revenue agents, appeals officers, and lawyers for the IRS; drafting petitions, discovery, motions and legal memoranda in connection with pending Tax Court trials; interviewing clients and securing information from third parties in order to defend a taxpayer’s return position; preparing offers in compromise to reduce a taxpayer’s outstanding debt; and taking an assortment of intervention measures to minimize or avoid immediate hardship resulting from IRS collection actions.  Students also assist the supervising attorney and his two staff attorneys with providing tax and business counseling services to sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships and tax-exempt organizations.  In recent years, the clinic has grown to offer estate planning and select probate services to its clients, and has developed an expertise in international tax issues and foreign investment.  

The only fee-charging tax controversy clinic in the United States, the Chicago-Kent Tax Clinic has developed uniquely strong relationships with the private tax bar and government representatives throughout the country.  Trained in the “business” of law, many student alumni of the clinic have secured employment with the Internal Revenue Service, private boutique tax planning and dispute firms, and through launching their own specialized sole practices.

Visit the Tax Clinic's website for more details.

Credit Hours

Three or four credit hours.