Launched in 2016, Exonerees’ Tax Assistance Network helps exonerated individuals who have federal and state tax problems with pro bono legal counsel. The Network connects exonorees to accountants and lawyers, who provide pro bono assistance on numerous tax matters, including refund applications allowed under the Wrongful Conviction Tax Relief Act of 2015.
Ms. Miller worked on the pro bono project with Jon Eldan, founder and director of After Innocence, as well as law students at the College of William and Mary. The team was highlighted for its particularly innovative use of Thomson Reuters’ investigative tool, PeopleMap on Westlaw, to identify individuals who were wrongly incarcerated and over-taxed.
“Those who have been wrongfully convicted, exonerated and released from prison face extraordinary challenges as they work to reintegrate into society,” said Ms. Miller. “As they try to rebuild their lives, it is critically important that they receive our compassion, as well as access to effective pro bono legal services.”