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Jay Freeborne, Enrolled Agent at Washington Tax Services, open for business since 1989

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cold Calling Tax Liens -- A 'Mountain Time' phenomenon

If you recently had a Federal Tax lien filed against you for a balance due, odds are you may be receiving a call from one of a number of firms in the Colorado area:

1. 2020 Tax Resolution
2. Clear Creek Tax Consulting
3. Omni Financial
4. Berkshire Financial Partners
5. New Century Tax Consulting.
6. Larson Financial
7. The Core Consulting Group
8. Phoenix Financial Group 

All six of these companies have varying skill sets and efficiencies as you will see on the list of 175 - HERE .  2020 is a well run company, for instance, but from there...well ... there are some issues.

Interesting, but about five years ago, there are many of us in this industry that gasped at the thought of people cold calling tax liens.  It seemed desperate and, frankly, a pretty cheap way to get clients.  But...this practice is no longer a side practice -- it has become fairly institutional at the above companies also described on the list of 175 - HERE and has clearly become a central source of marketing for them.  Some of the above companies have dozens of staff members NOW who spend all day dialing tax liens.  If you owe 941 taxes, payroll taxes for a business, you have the highest chance of getting a call from one of these folks.

UPDATE IN 2013: THIS TAX LIEN CALLING IS BECOMING EPIDEMIC:  YOU CAN READ HERE HOW I RECOMMEND THOSE THAT ARE  IRRITATED WITH THE CALLS -- HOW TO ALLEVIATE THE ANNOYANCE:  Tax Lien Calls Getting out of Control: How can you handle them?

As I have described here:  Cold Calling Tax Liens  -- I obviously dislike the practice of cold calling tax liens, as I feel that telemarketers who are unlicensed to practice often mislead the people on the phone.  You are much better off talking directly to licensed tax professionals like myself.

A colleague/competitor of mine, Nicholas Hartney in Colorado, also has an excellent article which details the things to look for to avoid tax resolution scams in his state and elsewhere.  7 Simple Ways to Spot Tax Relief Scams

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