Tax Help: How to Protect Yourself From Tax Resolution Scams as “Tax Lady” Roni Deutch is Sued For $34 Million
This just in–The “Tax Lady” Roni Deutch has just been sued by the California attorney general for misrepresentation of her tax relief firm’s success rate and cheating distressed taxpayers out of thousands of dollars for upfront retainer fees that did not lead to actual tax resolutions.
According to ABC news, “Deutch entices clients with television ads that make false claims.” Roni Deutch is looking at more than $34 million in damages.
We have cautioned our readers in the past about the importance of staying wary of tax relief firms who misrepresent their ability to actually solve IRS problems. Many tax resolution firms will sell you tax relief stories that seem too good to be true–and they are.
Usually, these tax resolution firms will demand a large sum of payment upfront before any work is completed. If you are dealing with a tax resolution firm that is more concerned about when and how quickly you can pay them instead of how to best provide you with tax help, you need to walk out now.
One good way to check to see if you’re working with the right tax resolution firm for you is to familiarize yourself with the Better Business Bureau’s TrustLink Community. TrustLink is the online rating community for the Better Business Bureau, so you can check to see how your potential tax relief firm is rated on this site before committing to work with them. Just be careful–BBB’s scores can be skewed by the amount of people a firm serves. If a tax relief firm has served 5,000 clients over 3 years and has 20 complaints, that’s a 0.4% failure rate, or a 99.6% satisfaction rate. This can be misleading as the BBB only tracks complaints, not resolutions. Stay informed about how to read internet reviews and use it as a tool to determine the quality of your tax relief firm, but keep in mind there are other important pieces to the puzzle.
Don’t make yourself a victim in these difficult and confusing economic times. There are many more options for tax-burdened taxpayers than ever before, but the key is in choosing a tax relief company that is ethical in its approach. This includes clearly stating the service you will be receiving as well as guidance throughout the process. It is essential to choose a tax relief professional that will be there throughout the tax relief process and be responsible and responsive to your needs, otherwise you could find yourself with extra fees for services not rendered in addition to your original tax debt, additional interest and penalties. Before choosing to seek out professional tax help, do your research. Here are some questions to ask before hiring a tax attorney or Certified Tax Resolution Specialist.
At Tax Resolution Services, we conduct a thorough in-depth interview to see if the clients qualify for an IRS tax settlement. We offer transparency and offer realistic expectations for our clients in solving their individual tax problems. This ethical and honest approach to tax resolution has helped our team achieve a 99.7% client satisfaction rate in over 9,000 tax relief cases and an IRS tax settlement rate of $0.11 on the dollar. We have a success rate that’s second to none – having saved 52 million dollars in back taxes and IRS penalties since 1998.
Tax Resolution Services, Co. is dedicated to providing affordable solutions to businesses and individuals alike who find themselves in trouble with the IRS. Our expert team of tax attorneys, CPAs, and Certified Tax Resolution Specialists has a success rate of 90% – second to none in the industry – and an Offer in Compromise Settlement Rate of $0.11 on the dollar. For more information or to receive a FREE tax relief consultation, visit www.TaxResolution.com or call (888) 699-7630.
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