by Brian Mahany
The tax resolution business is full of fraudsters and scams. Many times I have reported on the horrors perpetrated by the likes of JK Harris, TaxMasters, American Tax Relief and my personal favorite, “settle your tax debts for pennies on the dollar” Roni Deutch. According to the California Attorney General, America’s tax lady a/k/a Roni Deutch is in trouble again.
Last year we reported here that Roni Deutch was being sued by California for allegedly scamming customers out of $34 million in fees. Now, reports say that she shredded as many as 2.7 million pages of documents and failed to refund fees despite a court order. The Attorney General wants to see her jailed. According to press reports, the AG calls Deutch a “predator for profit.”
Legitimate tax resolution professionals have little chance to compete with the late night TV hucksters promising to make your $100,000 tax bill go away for a couple hundred bucks. Many of these promoters charge between $5000 and $10,000 in fees for an offer in compromise proposal that has little chance of success. The amount of work put into these proposals? Almost none.
The IRS does maintain an offer in compromise program that can help people who have lost their job or have little prospects of digging out of their tax debts. In some instances, bankruptcy may also be an option, although not if the tax debt involves certain business taxes – many of those are non dischargeable.
The best way to see if you qualify for a reduction of your tax debt is to consult with an accountant that specializes in tax resolution or a tax attorney. For a lot less money, you can learn if you qualify.
Mahany & Ertl is a full service law firm that concentrates in tax matters. Offers in compromise, offshore amnesty applications, tax court litigation, tax compliance and audit defense, call us. Our tax lawyers also can defend you in a criminal tax case.
Mahany & Ertl, LLC – Fraud Recovery, Tax Resolution & White Collar Criminal Lawyers. Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan & Portland, Maine. Services nationwide.