The IRS Office of Chief Counsel announced that the Settlement Days program would continue remotely. The first two events are for docketed cases with place of trial in Detroit or Atlanta. Future events would be scheduled in other cities throughout the United States. This would enable unrepresented taxpayers to work towards resolving their pending Tax Court cases despite “stay-at-home” orders in many jurisdictions. Virtual Settlement Days gives taxpayers not represented by counsel the opportunity to receive free tax advice and possible representation from Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) or other pro bono organizations.
The Chief Counsel invited more than 100 unrepresented taxpayers to meet with Chief Counsel attorneys or paralegals via WebEx for the event in Detroit and the upcoming event in Atlanta. The Detroit Office of Chief Counsel hosted its event on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in conjunction with the University of Michigan Law School LITC for Detroit trial session cases.
The Atlanta office will host the second event on Thursday, May 21, 2020, in conjunction with the North Georgia LITC for cancelled Atlanta trial session cases and other docketed cases. The IRS will work with unrepresented taxpayers who are working with an Appeals officer and receive an invitation to the event towards resolution of their cases.