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ABA Section of Taxation Seeks Nominations for Annual Pro Bono Award

As we have written about before, there is a substantial need for pro bono assistance to low-income taxpayers throughout the country. A sample of some of the tremendous results obtained by pro bono volunteers can be found here. As strong proponents of pro bono, both in tax law and other areas of the law, we have seen firsthand the difference that a few hours of your time can make in the life of an individual that cannot otherwise afford to pay for legal representation.

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation annually selects one individual or law firm as the recipient of the Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award. The award was established in 2012 to recognize outstanding and sustained achievements in pro bono activities in tax law. The ABA is seeking nominations for the 2018 recipient, which must be submitted by December 8, 2017. More information about the criteria for selection and a list of prior recipients can be found here. If you know of an individual or a law firm that would be a worthy nominee, please do not hesitate to submit your nomination to the ABA Section of Taxation. We note that all nominations are maintained in strict confidence by the Pro Bono Award Committee.




Tax Court Anticipates Releasing Revisions to its Rules in the Near Future

At the ABA Section of Taxation meeting in Boston last week, Chief Judge Marvel of the US Tax Court announced that the court anticipates issuing revisions to its rules in the near future. These rule revisions will address two areas: (1) e-filing matters, including the ability to electronically file a petition; and (2) revisions necessitated by changes made by Congress at the end of 2015 (for our earlier report on this subject, see here). Chief Judge Marvel also noted that the court is continuing to review its rules and prior comments received from the public, and may issue further revisions in the future.




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