Free tax help is offered by the county for low-income families and individuals. Image courtesy County News Center

The University of San Diego and Legal Aid Society of San Diego were awarded grants by the Internal Revenue Service Tuesday to fund programs that assist low-income residents who have federal tax disputes.

The IRS provided $1 million in grants to a dozen organizations in California that run low-income tax clinics for the public. Nationwide, nearly $10 million was given to 133 groups.

USD received $89,000 and the Legal Aid Society got $75,000, according to the IRS.

The clinics provide free or low-cost representation before the IRS, and provide education and outreach to non-English speakers.

–City News Service