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The Internal Revenue Service's Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program awarded 13 fewer grants in 2014 than it did the previous year, a new report shows.
According to the IRS, 133 grantees in 47 states plus the District of Columbia received about $10 million in grants in 2014. It marks the lowest number of grants since 2010 when the IRS began awarding about $10 million per year, the Service said in the report released Dec. 31.
In both 2013 and 2014, two clinics withdrew from the grant program, the report said, but beyond that, there was no explanation for why the number of grantees decreased. A representative from the LITC program office couldn't be reached for comment on Dec. 31.
In 1999, the program's inaugural year, the IRS awarded less than $1.5 million in grants to 34 entities in 18 states, plus the District of Columbia, the report said. The number of grantees peaked at 165 with nearly $10 million awarded in 2011, and the number of grantees declined every year after that, it said.
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