Tax Relief Scams
Tax relief scams are becoming more and more common in the marketplace for IRS tax help and tax debt resolution services. The Federal Trade Commission recently shut down American Tax Relief all together on account of fraud and illegal business practices. Attorney Generals in California, Texas, and several other states have sued tax resolution companies for illegal business practices. Yet, none of these government agencies name the companies behind the scams. In an effort to give more information about tax firms, below is a short list of the largest companies in the industry.
Late night commercials and radio announcers claim that taxpayers can “settle your tax debt for pennies on the dollar.” Yet, these same firms have been sued by Attorney Generals for consumer fraud and theft. Others have over 1,000 complaints with the Better Business Bureau.
The first lesson for taxpayers seeking help with IRS disputes is that NO company can guarantee results. If you hear a guarantee, this is a sure sign of tax relief scams. Here are a few resources for you to review as you choose a tax relief company.
These are three good sources to use when researching any company.
Tax Relief Scams and Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating
Below are listed just a sample of Resolution Firms and their Better Business Bureau Rating.
|Company Name||Better Business Bureau Rating
(Click Ratings for BBB Reports)
|411 TAX RELIEF||D|
|AMERICAN TAX RELIEF (shut down by the FTC)||F|
|FREEDOM DEBT RELIEF||F|
|FREEDOM TAX RELIEF||C+|
|NATIONAL TAX SOLUTIONS||F|
|INNOVATIVE TAX RELIEF||F|
|RONI DEUTCH (sued by California AG)||F|
|TAX CARE PROFESSIONALS||F|
|TAXMASTERS (sued by Texas AG)||F|
|NATIONWIDE TAX RELIEF (out of business)||F|
|POWER TAX RELIEF||F|
|ADVANTAGE TAX RESOLUTION||F|
|ASSOCIATED TAX RELIEF||F|
To learn more about tax relief scams and how to avoid them, read our reviews of tax companies in the menu above.