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Volunteer of the Month | Dan Guy

We’re proud to recognize Dan Guy as the Volunteer of the Month. Read on to learn more about Dan and his experience as an MVLS volunteer. 

Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? 
I volunteer with MVLS because I’m recently retired and I am in a position to use the expertise that I gained over many years in Federal service to help resolve tax issues for those who find it difficult to navigate through complex administrative systems.

Are there any recent cases that you’re proud of? Tell us more about what happened, or about what you learned.   
The matters that I have taken on as a volunteer over the past year all involve tax collection procedures and taxpayers who are unable to pay. Along the way I have experienced mixed results and learned some of the nuances and challenges inherent in the tax collection process. One client achieved significant relief from Federal and State tax debts through an offer in compromise, while another client’s offer was rejected and we are now moving in the direction of an installment payment plan.

How does volunteering with MVLS impact you (personally, professionally, or both)?   
I feel really fortunate to have been a member of the Maryland Bar and to have had the opportunity to be part of a profession that makes a real difference in people’s lives by providing access to justice that might otherwise be out of reach.

What would you say to others who are considering volunteering with or supporting MVLS?
From my experience, MVLS is well managed and organized and is very deserving of volunteer and financial support. As a volunteer, you control your level of involvement, mentors are available to provide guidance and assistance, and odds are good that you will learn something useful to your practice along the way.

How would you explain the impact of your pro bono work to someone who isn’t familiar with MVLS?  
What I have seen in the MVLS clients that I have worked with is a sense of frustration, distrust, fear, and hopelessness in interacting with Federal and State tax authorities. To the extent that Federal and State laws and policies are intended to provide tax relief to low-income taxpayers, the unfortunate reality is that the administrative system is too complex. Lending a hand as an MVLS volunteer bridges the gap.