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Tax Lawyers Team Up to Provide Free Legal Advice to Help Philadelphia-Area Filers this Tax Season

Ahead of the April 15 Filing Deadline, Philadelphia Bar Association’s Tax Law Section to Host Free Tax Advice Hotline on March 18

Wednesday, April 15th is a deadline that haunts taxpayers every calendar year and to help Philadelphia taxpayers prepare, this year volunteer lawyers from the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Tax Section will be available to provide free legal and tax advice. On Wednesday, March 18th from 5 pm until 8pm, members of the public can call (215) 238-6333 and speak to a tax lawyer for free advice to help answer questions about this year’s tax filings and prepare for the upcoming filing deadline.

The service is provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s LegalLine, a public service sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, providing residents with free, quick and accurate legal advice during convenient evening hours. LegalLine has existed for over 20 years, allowing volunteer attorneys to help thousands of callers through direct service or by referring them to an appropriate resource.

“Under the new tax system that went into effect last year, taxpayers experienced numerous changes to the tax code,” said Hillary Ladov, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. “In order to help Philadelphia-area taxpayers navigate questions around filing this year’s tax returns, volunteer tax lawyers will be on hand to provide free, over the phone advice as we enter the height of this year’s tax season. There are changes and adjustments to the tax code year-to-year, and filers need to make sure they are prepared and can take advantage of them.”

WHAT: Free Legal and Tax Advice Hotline for Philadelphia-area Taxpayers

WHO: Volunteer Tax Attorneys provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Tax Section

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18th from 5pm until 8pm

WHERE: Available by calling (215) 238-6333

** To speak to Jahlee Hatchet and/or Andre Webb, LegalLine Co-Chairs, about this free tax advice service provided by the Philadelphia Bar Association, please contact Brad Luna at brad@lunaeisenlamedia.com **

In addition to the March 18th LegalLine, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (215) 238-6333, to provide lawyer referrals to area residents. Staff attorneys take calls from the public and refer callers to attorneys in private practice for a 30-minute consultation, for which the attorney agrees to charge a small fee of $35. If callers do not need an attorney or cannot afford one, they will be directed to a legal service organization, agency or other resource for assistance. A new, online referral for residents is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week on the LRIS website.