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University of Edinburgh Law School launches its first Tax Law Clinic

Wed 13 October 2021

Tax Law clinic volunteer students

On Friday 15 October, Edinburgh Law School in partnership with specialist tax charity, TaxAid, will launch its first free Tax Advice Clinic to the public.

The service, which is the first of its kind at a Scottish University, will be run by Edinburgh Law School students under the expert supervision of local, practicing tax professionals.

Partnering with the specialist charity TaxAid to ensure the service provides professional, high-quality tax advice, the project was established and led by Dr Amy Lawton, Lecturer in Tax Law. It follows similar projects to those established in the UK, America and Australia and adds to the expanding number of pro bono services offered by the University of Edinburgh Law School.

On launching the clinic Dr Lawton said:

“The Scottish Tax Clinic is a fantastic, new service that gives back to communities in Scotland. Navigating the murky waters of the UK tax system is a challenge at the best of times. At its worst, it’s an incredibly frightening and intimidating process. Our Edinburgh Law School students will help to demystify HMRC letters, explain tax obligations and sort out the tax affairs for low income individuals”. 

The student-led service will see volunteer third and final year undergraduate law students answer a dedicated TaxAid telephone helpline as Scotland’s first outreach branch of TaxAid’s services. After consultation the students will either provide a letter of advice to the client or arrange a face-to-face meeting to collect further details under supervision.

 

The student team will provide the first line response to calls and emails from local people seeking help with tax concerns including employee PAYE coding, help with submitting tax returns, appealing HMRC penalties or explaining worrying HMRC letters.

The service will be open every Friday from 9:00-4:00pm.

Members of the public can call 0345 120 3779 on Fridays, or email taxclinic@ed.ac.uk (any time) to seek advice from the clinic team.

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