Tax Clinic

FAQs

 

Do you charge a fee for your services?
No.  Our services are free.

Who else provides similar free services in Delaware?
The Taxpayer Advocate Service also offers services simiilar to those we offer.

Who are your Tax Clinic staff and what do they do?
Rony Peralta is our Clinic Director who triages cases as they come in. He meets with you, gets all your facts together and works with Tax attorney Jim Angus who graciously volunteers as much time as our clinic needs. Your power of attorney is retained by Jim Angus and Rashmi Rangan who communicate with the IRS.

Do you prepare tax returns?
No.  However;

  • If you have not filed taxes in the past, we help prepare your prior year tax returns. 
  • If your tax returns need to be amended, we help with amending your returns. 
  • If you are filing after April 15, and did not request an extension, we may be able to help you with your return. 
  • If you are filing a return so as to obtain an ITIN, we may be able to help you file your return.

Can you help me with a tax levy on my social security disability? 
After you sign a power of attorney that gives DCRAC the authority to represent you before the IRS for designated tax years, we will work directly with the IRS with regard to your tax problem.  This could include negotiating with the IRS on your behalf an installment agreement or an offer in compromise of your debt.  In some cases, if your financial situation warrants, we can request your account be placed in "currently not collectible" by the IRS, deferring collection of any monies until a later date.

What if I am in tax court? 
With a signed power of attorney, DCRAC will represent you in tax court until your case is either settled or goes to trial. 

Before coming to DCRAC, should I try a private tax service that advertises on TV to handle my claims? 
Each individual needs to decide for herself whether to use a fee based service in dealing with the IRS.  If you choose to do so, make sure you understand at the beginning of the process what the total fees involved will be and at what dates you will be required to make payments. 

Does DCRAC have influence with the IRS? 
DCRAC is a low income tax clinic which receives funding from the IRS to provide tax services to you at no cost.  DCRAC works with all segments of the IRS, including collections, examinations, appeals, and general counsel, as well as the Taxpayer Assistance Service.  DCRAC's influence with the IRS is based on our goal to arrive at a fair and just disposition of your tax situation that balances your individual circumstances with the public's interest in the collection of legitimate taxes that are due and owing.

Can you help me with my issues with the Delaware Department of Revenue? 
Yes, DCRAC works with the Delaware Department of Revenue in the same fashion as we work with the IRS.  In doing so, DCRAC requires a signed power of attorney so that we may discuss your taxes with the Department of Revenue.

I have never filed a tax return, but now I have to submit copies of my tax returns to get a mortgage or for my daughter to receive financial aid at her college.  Can DCRAC help me? 
Yes, DCRAC will advise you on how to proceed with getting current with filing your present and prior year tax returns.

I want to pay my fair share of taxes but I don’t have a valid social security number to file my return.  Can DCRAC help me? 
Yes, DCRAC will work with you to fill out a form W-7, which is your application for an "individual taxpayer identification number" (ITIN) that is submitted with your tax return.  Once you receive your ITIN, you will use that number for filing your taxes.

What documents should I bring with me for my first meeting? 
Bring a copy of your latest tax return, any letters you have received from the IRS, and if you are experiencing financial difficulties bring a copy of your lease, your latest utility bills for electric, gas, cable, phone, water, garbage, etc., 3 months of bank statements for all bank accounts, 3 months of credit card statements for all credit cards, your last 3 pay stubs, all medical bills, and any other bills you have that document your indebtedness.

 

Quick Look at What's Happening at DCRAC

DCRAC is always looking for ways to work with our elected officials, this recent News Journal editorial highlights the latest example.

Check out how DCRAC grant from U.S. bishops’ CCHD helps Stepping Stones Community Federal Credit Union

Thank you for all your support! DCRAC's "Stand Up for Fair Lending and Rock with DCRAC" event at the World Cafe Live at the Queen was a tremendous success. Here was the News Journal op-ed we had to promote the event.

In this News Journal article, check out how out this how DCRAC teamed up with TD Bank to help a small business owner.

If you need more info about HB 286 and want to call your senator to let him or her know how you feel, click here.

Check out the HB 286 opposition letter from Rashmi Rangan and other community leaders from June 5th.

After collecting data for a year, here is the report to the Office of the State Bank Commissioner on payday lending in Delaware for 2013.

Learn how to avoid foreclosure scams, and talk to mortgage lenders and servicers at these two Delaware Housing Workshops: Monday, June 9th & Tuesday, June 10th. Click here for info.

DCRAC's Free Community BBQ is still on. Join us at 601 N. Church Street today from 11:30 am - 6:30 pm for some burgers and dogs.

DCRAC in the News Journal on May 3, 2014 Payday reform progress, but more needs to be done.

DCRAC Free Community BBQ on Friday, May 16th, 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Cape Gazette story of the DCRAC's Free Tax Clinic Workshops for Procrastinators

WHYY's Newsworks coverage of DCRAC's Free Tax Clinic Workshops for Procrastinators

DCRAC Free Tax Clinic Workshops for Procrastinators in Milford, 12 noon - 1:45 pm and Georgetown, 5:00 pm-6:45 pm on April 15th

Check out this profile of DCRAC volunteer attorney Jim Angus in the April issue of Delaware Beach Life magazine.

Do you want to buy a home? Attend the DSHA Homebuyer Fair on Saturday, April 5th from 8am to 4pm at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Click here for info.

Worried about missing a mortgage payment? DCRAC will be on hand for the DE AG & DSHA's Delaware Housing Workshops on Saturday, March 22nd in Dover 9am - 1pm and Newark 3pm - 7pm. Click here for more info.

Check out Rashmi Rangan's Three Rules for Tax Season in the News Journal.

DCRAC will be hosting a free Tax Clinic Workshop in Wilmington at William Hicks Anderson Community Center on March 20th 12 noon to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm.

In February, DCRAC made the local press in the Milford Chronicle and Cape Gazette.

Rashmi Rangan and Jim Angus had this piece in the News Journal in January.

Hey folks, if you get a notice from the IRS, be sure and check out one of DCRAC's free tax workshops on April 15th. We'll have one in Milford and a second in Georgetown.

Happy New Year! Celebrate the new year with our Financial Fitness Series on the first three Saturdays of each month: January 4th, 11th & 18th; February 1st, 8th & 15th; March 1st, 8th & 15th; April 5th 12th & 19th. Our free classes a run from 10am to 1pm. Thanks to a grant from the Kenny Family Foundation, lunch is served at no charge.

New TELEPHONE Numbers at DCRAC! You can still reach us at the old numbers you have for us. You may get a message to hang up and call our new telephone number.

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