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

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fees for Tax Resolution: Dramatic Differences in Price

In the last week, I have been competing with other tax resolution companies for business (as I always do)...but the contrast in the fees that I charge with some of these other companies is astounding!  Dear reader:  I am not making these up.  These are bonafide true stories from this week.

1. Washington Tax Vs. Wall and Associates, (Pennysylvania branch), $1500.00 vs. $10000.00

A new customer of mine had a tax debt which had already been placed as "uncollectible" by the IRS.  In other words, there was absolute no urgency in doing the case -- in fact no further action might not be necessary -- unless client wanted to make a settlement.

I agreed to research his case and also look into a potential seizure matter ( a long story),  My retainer $500, $1000 more if a settlement could be reached.  Wall and Associates?  $10000.00 and $400.00 monthly payments.  In fact they said to him, they would get the liens removed on his land so he could receive money from a natural gas company (gas company wouldn't pay him because of the liens).  That is a very very bold statement to make to a potential customer.

2. Washington Tax Vs. Tax Resolution Services (TRS) (Encino, CA) $2950.00 vs. $11000.00

Physician with tax issues - $100,000 plus owed to IRS and State of California issue.  Case was probably going to make it's way to a Revenue Officer.   TRS fee?  $11,000.00!  I agreed to do the case for $2950.00.

3. Washington Tax Vs. Tax Resolution Services (TRS) (Encino, CA) $5500.00 vs. $18,000.00

Business with 941 tax issues.  Filed for Chapter 11 which will turn into Chapter 7.  All members of the company have been assessed Trust Fund tax liabilities.  Our fee $5500.00.  TRS? $18,000.00.

So, you might ask:  well, Washington Tax Services might charge more down the road!  Negative.  We only charge reopening fees if they are warranted by customer delays or if the case passes 12 months and reworking need to be done.

Well, they might rebut:  "you get what you pay for!"  Not the case.  Our customer service system is clearly in place - a well-oiled machine that you can depend on -- including direct access to my or another customer service person's desk.

For the record, TRS is a company that will follow thru so I by no means want to malign them for that.  They are NOT a scam.  But the fees are pretty darn high as you can see.  Wall and Associates, well, they're another story.  Check out my List of 155 Companies for more about them.

Want a decent price for tax representation? A honest analysis?  Call me at 1-866-525-7302, Jay Freeborne, Enrolled Agent, Washington Tax Services


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