The Mission Statement of the Tax Resolution Blog?

We created the Tax Problem Resolution Blog to aid the average person to become more discerning buyers of tax resolution and tax representation services. Please read the index of articles below to learn more about the tax resolution industry and to assist you in solving your specific tax problem.

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

New Companies - 2008 thru 2015 - The Verdict is Out! --112 Companies Listed

NEW TAX RESOLUTION COMPANY LIST:  2008 TO 2015 

The greatest growth in "tax resolution" companies has been from 2008 to today. This list is constantly being updated with new companies. On the list below:  there are a couple of TAGS that we have for certain companies:

*LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED. Has a licensed tax professional - CPA, EA or Attorney prominently listed on website or in materials about company.
*TAX LIEN MAILER - Mails to people/businesses with tax liens.
*TAX LIEN CALLER - Calls people/businesses with tax liens.

DATE OF OPERATION:  we are listing companies by the DATE that they started their Better Business Bureau record as there is no way to fudge this date. 

When one of these companies goes out of business, we move them to the Dead Company list. When their BBB record goes to C minus to F rating, they get moved to the Not Recommended List.

The last section is the Curiousities list - the companies on this list are Lead Generators or unusual websites related to tax representation or tax resolution issues.

Companies Started Between 1998 to 2006 that are still operating.  Our recommendation on them is neutral.

1. Fix Your Tax Problem, Inc., Novato, CA. February 1998. Heard their ad on Sirius radio. Their BBB record claims they have been in business since 1998:  BBB- Ameritax In 2012: their company name seems to have switched to Fix your Tax Problem, Inc. from "Ameritax." Their website: http://www.fixyourtaxproblem.com

2. Tax Crisis Institute, Bakersfield, CA 2002 - Incorporation date. Kudos to these folks - over 10 years of business. Their website: Tax Crisis Institute--Website  Their BBB record

4. M and M Financial, Illinois, December 2005. TAX LIEN CALLER. This firm cold calls people with tax liens.  Their website: http://www.mmfinancial.org. Decent BBB record:  BBB record  Phone # (773) 969- 5800. We have previously posted on whether cold calling tax liens is legal or not here:  The Legal Case Against Cold Calling Tax Liens.

5. Phoenix Financial Group. Denver, CO, October 6, 2006. TAX LIEN CALLER.
This is another firm in Colorado that cold calls people with tax liens. Two of their phone numbers are (866) 672-1067 or 1.888.572.2179. Their website is:  http://pfgtax.com. You might want to read this:  The Legal Case Against Cold Calling Tax Lien or to learn about Colorado cold calling phenomenon -- check out this:  Cold Calling Tax Liens: A Mountain Time Phenomenon. Their BBB record: BBB record

6. Barclay Capital, Boulder, CO, Since 2004 TAX LIEN CALLER
This is one of two companies in Boulder Colorado in the tax resolution industry that goes by "Capital" - as if they were holding companies on Wall Street? - An interesting choice of name for a "tax resolution" company. The other company - also in Boulder is "Berkshire Capital Partners."  You would have to guess - that either - 1. Barclay is the same company as Berkshire. OR 2. People who worked for Berkshire or Barclay ran with the "Capital" name and thought it was worth using twice. Adding "Capital" to your name is like wearing a tie - it can give you the appearance of looking like big-time professionals. Nonetheless, Barclay's solid BBB record: BBB record.  In September 2014, one of their telemarketers: Matt Houston called one of our clients from 1-888-283-6541. Their website: http://askbc.com/

7. National Tax Relief, Inc.  Riverside, CA since 2006
National Tax Relief or nationaltaxrelief.com was originally a company that WATAX.com started as an alternative name back in 1997. This website still exists of course and draws traffic to watax.com. In the 2000's, a company in Tustin, California  took the name National Tax Relief and ran that company into the ground (See Dead List) . And then finally, NTR was chosen as a name by this listed company in Riverside, CA. Apparently they now have several years of operation. Their BBB listing is here:   BBB record 

Class of 2007

8. Tax Resolution Center, Boulder, CO, October 25, 2007.  TAX LIEN CALLER
According to an employee who emailed me, they have 20 employees (I stand corrected) and have been in operation since 2005 - but their BBB listing started in 2007. Their website: http://taxresolutioncenter.com/  Here's their  BBB record. We have previously posted on whether cold calling tax liens is legal or not here:   The Legal Case Against Cold Calling Tax Liens

9. Priority Tax Relief, San Francisco, CA, May 3, 2007  We stumbled upon this website in 2012 - we had not heard of them. Here's their site: prioritytaxrelief.com Claims to be "Attorney's but we couldn't see any names. We got to admit it bugs us when they list media companies like CNN on their site when odds are they never advertised on them(!). Solid BBB record is here: BBB record

Class of 2008

10. Yarborough - Professional IRS Debt Solutions -- BBB record start - June 2008
We just learned about Yarborough in 2014. According to their website: Yarborough website: they have offices all around the southern U.S. Visible licensed professionals with names is always a good sign. Their BBB record is solid too: BBB record. In early 2014, they did quote an individual $2500 to research his IRS account and represent him on a "potential" tax problem. My firm quoted a $250.00 retainer to research his IRS record as we weren't certain that the client had a big tax problem to worry about. Or least a problem that warranted a large up-front fee.

11. NFA Tax Help -- Houston, TX , March 2008.
The company still has a good rating at the BBB: BBB record. Their website is: resolvemytaxes.com. We have seen many internet advertisements from these folks.
 
12. The Core Consulting Group, Longmont, CO Sept. 2008  TAX LIEN CALLER.
One of many Colorado companies that "cold calls" people who have tax liens against them. We spoke recently with a person who had a 941 issue who was called by them. Their website: CORE CONSULTING WEBSITE. Their BBB record:  Colorado BBB record. You might also want to check out our post on the Colorado cold calling industry here:  Cold Calling Tax Liens: A Mountain Time Phenomenon

13. Sound Tax Consulting, Bellevue, WA, September 9, 2008.
Sound Tax Consulting has great Google ads. They also happen to be a neighbor of ours in the Puget Sound. They were previously called:  IRS/State Tax Relief Associates. They have a solid website but no licensed professionals are listed: soundtaxconsulting.com and their BBB record

14. K & K Tax Group, 2008, Miami, Florida  Exchanged emails with the owner of this firm. They have been in business since 2008. BBB record:  BBB record and Website/

15.  Front Range Tax Resolution, Colorado, 2008, E.A. in Colorado - Judd Kalush -- his website:  frontrangetax.com LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

Class of 2009

16. Blue Tax -- Los Angeles, California.  Started in January 2009.
You might have seen their advertisement on TV:  it's animated!  Blue Tax's Website. Blue Tax originates from an owner of Tax, Incorporated a company now in the dustbin of history - Dead Tax Relief Company List.We have been exchanging emails with one of their executives and we think they are trying to develop a decent infrastructure to serve their numerous clients: including six attorneys, an Enrolled Agent and a CPA. Nonetheless, this is a organization led by strong and aggressive sales people.

Our usual qualms with company's like Blue Tax is in the area of fees. We have found many instances where we believe they overcharge. They hold second place for the largest fee quoted to someone that we know $40,000!!! (Wall and Associates broke that record with a $100,000 plus fee (see NOT recommended list) and Certified Tax (above) did too)). We quoted a fee of $5500.00 to the same client.UPDATE: October 3, 2012  One of their salespeople quoted a fee of $8500 for someone who pretty much had already negotiated an installment agreement on his own and didn't qualify for an Offer in Compromise -- When a Tax Resolution Company Botches an Interview then Charges an Abusive Fee

Their BBB record should tell whether they have good practices or not currently:  BBB record. Finally for what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 is still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor.  For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

17. Nationwide Tax Group, Parkland or Boca Raton, Florida, Feb. 2009.
Their website:  http://www.nationwidetaxgroup.com. There's no there...there. No licensed tax professional is listed.  However, it has lots of pictures of people in business attire. In 2012, we spoke with someone who interviewed with them. They were going to charge $1800 and $3000 if they did a settlement for him that totals $4800.00. Our fee was a flat $1200.00 to do everything on the same case. Their BBB record. There also was a company called Nationwide Tax Relief in Los Angeles who is now deceased. Don't mix them up.

18. Taxaudit.com or Tax Resources, Inc., Citrus Heights, California, September 2009.
Good looking website specifically for people who are being audited. Website: http://www.taxaudit.com/.  Their BBB record: BBB record

19. Guidance Tax Relief, Beverly Hills, CA, December 2009. TAX LIEN MAILER.  
Another L.A. company new to the game:  Their Website. They send out a scary little mailing saying "Wage Garnishment Pending" -- which was actually UNTRUE for someone we spoke to recently...very very misleading. Nonetheless, they did quote a customer of our's $6800.00 to handle a case that we're handling for $1750.00. AS of March of 2013 - Guidance Tax Relief - was still sending out these mailings. Their BBB record: BBB record. For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds. You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

20.  Tax Resolution Professionals, Las Vegas, 2009.
Their website: http://www.taxresolutionprofessionals.com/about-trp.php  In late 2013- we spoke to someone at the company at they said they do not have a record at the BBB - because they don't agree with the concept of the BBB (as you have to "pay for a rating.") Their phone # 888-515-4829 - they have very good "hold-music"!

21. Top Tax Defenders, February 2009, Houston TX -Looks like tax attorneys in the Houston area:  http://www.toptaxdefenders.com/. Their BBB record - a handful of complaints worth reading - but low volume of complaints is a good thing:  BBB record 

22. Direct Tax Relief , Sherman Oaks, CA , Feb. 2009.  Their BBB record is here: BBB record.Their website is directtaxrelief.com. We have exchanged emails with one of their principals and they are alive and well. We think they are dedicated to good practices. We wish them the very best!

23. Safe Harbor Financial -- Chicago , 2009,  TAX LIEN CALLER.
Their website according to BBB record started in September 2009:  BBB record. These folks cold call people and/or businesses with tax  liens. One of their person's sales pitch was that they are the private "Taxpayer Advocate." More on that here:  Cold Calling Tax liens 

24.  Insight Financial Services, Sebastian, FL, February 2009  TAX LIEN CALLER.
They have a "B" rating at the BBB:  BBB record  A couple years ago: we met a lady who was sold an Offer in Compromise(OIC) who was already in uncollectible status (She also owned a usually OIC-killing home - free and clear). But we'll chalk this up as an overly eagerly salesperson who briefly slipped thru quality-control. They have maintained an "A-ish" rating for over 3 years so we can surmise that sales pitches like this were a dramatic exception to the rule. In early 2013 - a gentleman we spoke to who owed the IRS 65k and whose case was in Automated Collection Systems was quoted a fee of $5000 by Insight to represent him. We offered to take on the case for $1050.00. Their website: http://mytaxinsight.com/

25. National Tax Experts  -Los Angeles, Wilshire Blvd., CA,  2009 TAX LIEN MAILER
We are fairly confident "NTE" sends out a mailing that says "you have been pre-qualified to participate in a pilot Williamson County (or another county) based program to help people who have fallen behind and have a Federal Tax Lien." The phone # they list is 800-381-8163. Well - just to critique this mailer -- there is no "county" based program for Federal tax resolution it comes thru the Federal government. Nonetheless -- we think this firm has decent bearings in the tax resolution world as one of the owners is Nick Johnson - who has ten plus years in the industry. There are a total of six licensed tax professionals including E.A.s and attorneys. Do not confuse them with "National Tax Debt" - which is a new tax lien mailing group -- mentioned further below. Their websites are: www.nattaxexperts.com. AND IRS Tax Doctors: http://www.irstaxdoctors.com/ --  Their BBB record:  BBB record. 

26.  Perfect Tax Relief, Los Angeles, CA - Jan 2009 - TAX LIEN MAILER

PTR sends out a mailer:  "You Must Respond by : February 9, 20xx."  

" Why are you getting this notice?"

Phone # 888-591-6212 or 1-888-715-2373, 888-667-5620

What if they don't respond!? LOL. One of many tax resolution companies in Southern California. As of 2012 -- they still seem to be operating:  Perfect Tax Relief Website.  They are showing some good faith with their BBB record:  BBB record?  For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor.  For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

27. Ellis, Penn and O'Connor, Philadelphia, PA, August 2009 - TAX LIEN CALLER
Apparently these folks are formally "Mackinaw Consultants" previously based in of Denver Colorado. Like many companies originating in Colorado - they get clients from cold calling tax liens. Here's their BBB record: BBB record 

28. IRS Medic or irsmedic.com  or Parent & Parent, LLP , Connecticut, 2009
Connecticut based tax representation firm but definitely a nationally focused company full of a long list of tax professionals with lots of experience. Pretty informative website too. And a good BBB record. LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONALS LISTED.

29. Victory Tax Solutions, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2010
Judging from their video on their website: these guys clearly dress better than our office -
Victory Tax Solutions Website. We see many words on licensed tax professionals BUT no actual names of them on the site: NOT what we like to see. Victory Tax Solution's BBB record: BBB record

30.  Berkshire Capital Partners, Boulder, CO , August 2009.   TAX LIEN CALLER
If you received a tax lien - Berkshire is one of the first companies you are going to hear from via PHONE. In fact -- in a world of more and more tax lien telemarketers - Berkshire is often the FIRST to call.  We have written about some legal issues with cold calling tax liens:  The Legal Case Against Cold Calling Tax Liens
Word on the tax resolution street is Berkshire is affiliated with Clear Creek Tax (on the not recommended list). Or at least they share ownership? Haven't completely verified this rumour but that's what we hear.

One of their sales pitches we heard was that they specialize in 941 cases due to the office that handles 941's being in Colorado. Unfortunately, this is not a true claim as IRS offices handling 941's are usually assigned locally to individual agents around the country. But it is quite possible that the company has abandoned these claims.

Their website is here:  http://www.bcpbacktaxresolution.com/. Their BBB rating is "A plus" -  BBB rating 

31. Tax Relief USA, Sunnyvale, CA , June 2009
BBB record is: HERE. Nice pics on their website:  https://www.taxrelief-usa.com/ They do have five years under the belt and an A rating at the BBB. We guess it is a matter if you like their price $$?

32. Tax Relief Systems, San Pedro, CA , 2009
BBB record - dormant, but good: BBB record. Website: taxreliefsystems.net. This company has some roots in Power Tax Relief on the dead list and the infamous American Tax Relief - closed in 2010.  But - this company's BBB does NOT seem to be toxic which is a good sign - third time might be a charm?

Class of 2010

33. Accelerated Tax Solutions, Jacksonville area --- but list BBB record North Miami Beach, FL, Feb 2010.  Our understanding is that this company was created by ex-employees of Tax Defense Network also of Jacksonville. One odd fact: Accelerated is situated in Northern Florida but they have a BBB listing in Miami? Why's this? We have been told that these folks have hired and continue to hire employees that were fired by Tax Defense Network - for failure to adhere to their ethical standards. Their website is here: : http://www.acceleratedtaxsolutions.com. No licensed tax professionals listed on their website: not too our liking. They charged $6000 for someone who has a case with the IRS - Automated Collection Systems and that's WAY too much money in our opinion. They also advertise on this website:  http://www.irsdebt-relief.net Their BBB record is still pristine - is that because it is in Miami Beach?:  BBB record

34. Professional Tax Resolution, Irvine, CA, February 2010.
A CPA (or CPA's) claiming to specialize in Tax Resolution. Their BBB record:  HERE. There are no "account managers" - you deal directly with tax professional. We like the ring of that:  Press Release.  For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

35. Fresh Start Tax LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL February 2010.
These guys managed to get a great website name/property:  http://www.taxlevies.com. Their BBB record shows their start date of February 2010:  BBB record

36. The Loyal Tax Group, Los Angeles, CA. March 2010.
These guys are located on the same street -- Wilshire Blvd -- where American Tax Relief (R.I.P.) used to ply their "trade." Their website:   http://www.loyaltaxgroup.com. Their BBB record is SUPER DORMANT:  HERE  In 2014 - we called them to see if they were alive - and they answered "Tax Office." For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 is still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

37. Advocate Tax Solutions, Inc.  October, 2010, Schiller Park , Illinois.  TAX LIEN MAILER
These folks reach their intended audience by sending out letters to taxpayers with tax liens. ..."A recent search of public records indicates a State Tax lien was filed against you..." These folks have a decent record at the BBB: BBB record and based on a conversation we had with their owner -- we think they are dedicated to good practices. Their website: http://www.advocatetaxsolutions.com. You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon HERE.

38. Wesettletaxes.com , Tustin, CA November 2010.
Snazzy website and great company name: http://www.wesettletaxes.com. BBB record is a B rating:  BBB record  For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

39. True Tax Solutions, Pasadena, CA, December 2010.
Another So Cal company. Just heard about them:  http://www.truetaxsolutions.com.2010 was a big year for tax resolution company start-ups! No licensed tax professionals are listed -- the usual scenario. Why won't a licensed tax professional -- Enrolled Agent, CPA, Tax Attorney -- stick their neck out, and put their license on the line? It would do so much to validate the company! Without this assurance, you have to be careful. Their new BBB record is here -- BBB record. For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

40. Taxation Solutions, Inc. Austin, TX, March 2010, TAX LIEN MAILER.
Taxation Solutions sends out mailings to people with tax liens. The mailings say:

Federal Tax Lien Notification: Form 1040-ST, Taxation Solutions

Urgent Notification for

PENDING - WAGE GARNISHMENT
PENDING - BANK ACCOUNT AND ASSET SEIZURES

The phone # they list is 888 931 1079. Taxation Solution has a BBB record at BBB record - Taxation Solutions. You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

41.  911 Tax Relief, Glendale, CA, April 2010
We can't believe we missed this guys-- just put them on list in 2013: but here's their F rated - (!) BBB record. Their blog is terrible (more for SEO and not real intelligent insights) but updated somewhat frequently: http://blog.911taxrelief.com. Their website is here:  http://www.911taxrelief.com/

42. Impact Tax Resolution, Thornton, Colorado, BBB record started July 2010
Another tax resolution company in Colorado - we are not sure if they market themselves by cold calling tax liens as their fellow state competitors do. Their BBB record is HERE. And their website is:   www.itrtaxresolution.com

43. Certified Tax Group, Westlake Village, CA April 2010
BBB record looks good:  BBB record and website is here:  http://certifiedtaxgroup.com/
It should be noted that these guys are NOT - "Certified Tax, Inc." - that is a dead company.

44. U.S. Tax Shield,  Woodland Hills, CA - July 2010
US Tax Shield, generally speaking, has a decent customer service reputation and a solid BBB record: US Tax Shield BBB record. Their website is:  http://ustaxshield.com. We have written several blog posts comparing Washington Tax's fees vs. US Tax shield (you can guess who was lower) : HERE and HERE. In the last 2 years, one of their key marketing people went and started Signature Tax: http://signaturetaxservice.com/   

45.  Ideal Tax Solution, LLC, Costa Mesa, CA, May 6, 2010.
In 2014 - they still look they are in business - "A" rating at the BBB. Their website: http://www.idealtaxsolution.com/  BBB record:  BBB record

46. Achievable Dream Tax Resolution, Colorado, 2010
Like that this site advertises a connection to NAEA - Natl Assoc of Enrolled Agents - but don't like that we can't see "Who They Are?" Who are the tax professionals here? Their site: adtaxresolution.com

BBB record: BBB record

Class of 2011

47.  Front Street Tax Resolution, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2011.  TAX LIEN MAILER
This company got off on the wrong foot with us, based on an interview they did here: Selling Offer in Compromises for $3750.00. But the owner/manager indicated to us that the contracted person who did the interview is no longer with the company. We think it is awesome that owner took effort to contact us on this. Their website: http://frontstreettaxresolution.com/solutions. Their: BBB record.  You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

48. First Class Tax Relief or Gator Tax Relief, Houston, TX, May 2011, TAX LIEN MAILER
We make no claims that these guys will be anything like Taxmasters. But it is pretty common for ex-employees of very large companies to start tax resolution companies of their own. First Class Tax Relief does send mailers to people with tax liens:

"URGENT NOTICE: YOU MAY HAVE: WAGE GARNISHMENT PENDING

Call Toll - Free 800 304-6206"

Their website: http://www.firstclasstaxrelief.com/  Their BBB Record. You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

49. Fidelity Tax Relief formerly known as Apex Tax Resolution (dissolved), Irvine or Tustin, CA, June 2011  TAX LIEN MAILER
Company sends out mailers to individuals and business with tax liens -- mailing could be mistaken as an actual tax lien. Here's their BBB record:  BBB RECORD and their website is fidelitytaxrelief.com. If you are going to hire this firm:  ask their salesperson :  "who are your licensed tax professionals on the Power of Attorney?" For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only one company two of 20 are still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier! Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds. You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

50. OMG Tax, North Highlands, California, July 2011.

We have seen OMG Tax advertise on cable TV. Here's a link to their TV ad: OMG Tax - TV ad. Their BBB record has them listed as the Juceam Group as one of the owners: Scott Juceam had a differently named tax resolution company that was folded into OMG Tax. Their A rated BBB record is HERE. And their website is:  http://omgtax.com/

At one time, Mr. Juceam was entangled in some issues stemming from the closure of his sister's company: the once massively popular : Roni Deutch - the TV Tax Attorney, but according to the BBB, in late 2011 -- Mr. Juceam resolved all claims connected to Deutch. Good for them and good luck: OMG Tax...keep up the decent BBB record.

51. Assurance Tax Advisors, Houston, TX , October 27, 2011.  Nothing too original here. We are not a big fan of tax resolution websites that don't list any names of tax professionals. Here's the link to website: Website. Their BBB record: BBB record

52. Precision Tax Relief, Coeur D' Alene, ID October 2011. These are ex-employees of Instant Tax Solutions also of Idaho. Our understanding is that they have noble intentions and have a system to serve their customers. Good! However: they did quote someone a $15,000 fee for representation and tax preparation whereas WATAX , our company, is charging only $3000.00. Website: http://www.precisiontaxrelief.com BBB record: BBB record

53. Flat Fee Tax Resolution ad/or Flat Fee Tax Service, Inc., San Diego, October 2011.
Hey this company is using the same blog template as taxresolutiontalk.com! Nonetheless, they have a horrendous SEO driven blog. What if you wrote a blog that was exclusively driven to get hits without any soul or substance - well this might be that tax resolution blog: Flat Fee Tax Resolution Website. Fresh BBB record here: BBB record.  For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor  For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

54. Classic Tax Resolution, Houston, TX  2011(?)
We love the name. If you like classic rock, maybe you'll like classic tax resolution?  http://www.classictaxresolution.com. There is no BBB listing, yet. And as of December 2014 - no BBB listing -- not a good sign. What's up guys?

55. South Coast Tax or South Coast Tax Resolution, August 2011, Westlake Village, CA
Another player in the Southern California tax resolution market. Nice website. Actors? Or real people? http://www.southcoasttaxresolution.com. BBB record: BBB record. For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

56. Tax Relief Providers, July 2011 , Clifton , NJ
Another new player based in New Jersey trying to reach national marketplace of tax representation clients. Got to admit: they have website which is a slight variation on about 90 of the companies that you will find on this list, i.e. not very original:  http://www.taxreliefproviders.com. Nonetheless - their BBB record is untainted: BBB record

57. Stop IRS debt or stopIRSdebt.com, Santa Monica, CA , October 2011
Our understanding is this firm was started by a veteran tax resolution person who was previously associated with the now defunct Tax Incorporated. The other business partner from Tax Incorporated started Blue Tax - a company you will find above on this list in tax year 2009.  A few years ago, we did speak with this person and he clearly indicated Stop IRS Debt would have a better customer service experience than the deceased company. Four years later and their BBB record: BBB RECORD seems to indicate this. Their website: http://www.stopirsdebt.com. For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two companies out of 20 are still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier! Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

58. Rapid Resolution Tax Group, San Mateo, CA March 2011
We have exchanged emails with the folks at this company and we think they aspire to good service. You can check out their BBB record: HERE and their website is:  HERE.

59. National Tax Network, Irvine, California,  April 2011
Their website advertises the services of Enrolled Agents and claims to have done major advertising on TV (maybe?): http://www.nationaltaxnetwork.com. BBB record is pretty dormant: BBB record  Maybe they're a lead generator for other companies? Possible. Websites like National Tax Network's are frustrating because it is hard to pinpoint any live and licensed tax professionals there. No names, etc. But if they are a lead generator that makes sense. Yet if they really do cases there - they would benefit from sharing with the public the actual names of Enrolled Agents they might have on staff?!

60. Orange County Tax Relief, Orange County, CA, 2011.  http://www.orangecountytaxrelief.com/  Run by Jacques Gendreau, an Enrolled Agent. We love it when companies prominently show their licensed tax professional. They emphasize local representation in Orange County. NO BBB record yet.  LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

61. Alana Tax Group, Southern California, July 2011. We spoke recently to Svetlana who is an ex-IRS attorney about Alana Tax Group or previously GSA Taxpayer Advocates: http://www.gsataxpayeradvocates.com.  Looks like she has extensive experience in IRS representation. BBB listing is here: BBB Listing  LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

62. Platinum Tax Defenders, Thousand Oaks, CA , February 2011
After multiple emails exchanged with Platinum, we see a dedication to good service. Their website is : http://platinumtaxdefenders.com/ and their BBB record. Platinum Tax was founded by Sherri Gastelum who previously was associated with the now closed Summit Tax. Our understanding is she left that now closed organization (Summit) due to her wish to start a well-run organization dedicated to good customer service.  LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

63.  Tax Help HQ, Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City - 2011.
More informative and original website than you will find out there: http://taxhelphq.com. This company is run by Jassen Bowman, an Enrolled Agent. Here's a good explanation of his approach and himself: http://taxhelphq.com/about. For good yet idiosyncratic reasons, he does NOT have a Better Business Bureau record. Yet the fact that he is licensed to practice pretty much has you covered. He operates and represents people from around the country. His office is mobile. He's a pretty interesting fellow and someone who seems to be in the tax representation game for the long haul. AND:  he is one of the few people you'll find on this blog list who is teaching other tax professionals about adding tax resolution to their skill-set:  Tax Marketing Headquarters    LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

64. Strategic Tax Lawyers, Santa Monica, August 2011
So Strategic Tax Lawyer's website is  mytaxattorney.com. Morris Behboud is the main staff attorney - he's a former IRS attorney. This company is a law firm. There are five licensed tax professionals on staff.  They also do estate planning and FBAR / offshore issues. Their BBB record. LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

65. Taxattorney.com or Mytaxhelpattorney.com, Long Beach, CA, October 2011
Looks like this website was set up by an Enrolled Agent(!): Zvi Shapiro. Not a bad marketing idea. Looks like the BBB record is still solid:  Two Step Tax, Inc. BBB record. LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

66. The Law Office of Elizabeth Gonsalves, Southern California, 2011.
Attorney with solid website. She is also interested in keeping the tax representation industry clean. We really like her website: http://egonsalveslaw.com. LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

67. Five Star Tax Resolution Services, Glendale, CA, July 2011
Tax Attorney's website:  http://www.fivestartaxresolution.com BBB record: Five Star BBB record LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

68. Tax Champions, January 2011, Valencia, CA
A new player in LA area in tax resolution game: http://www.taxchampions.com. You do have to like the CPA clearly stating his name for the world to see. That is huge sign of credibility in this business.  BBB record solid: BBB record  LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

69. Guardian Tax Resolutions, Cerritos, CA
Their website is: http://www.guardiantaxresolutions.com. We have spoken to a Don Barnes at Guardian. And we think this is a company dedicated to good practices. However we can't seem to locate a Better Business Bureau record for them. As of late 2014 - their website just doesn't seem real current or active.

70.  Tax Law Advocates, Costa Mesa, CA December 2010,  TAX LIEN MAILER

Tax Law Advocates has been up and down at the BBB since we have been following them. But recently - in 2014 - looks like they are handling their customer service more positively - an A plus rating (!).
Their BBB listing. Their website. They market themselves by sending out a TAX LIEN official mailer as described here:  Tax Lien Mailers: An Overview. A client sent us a recent mailer from them that says:

"IMPORTANT NOTICE OF FEDERAL TAX LIEN
AND
NOTICE OF ENFORCED COLLECTION ACTIVITY.

You need to contact us immediately upon receipt of this notice.

(Kind of implies that they are a government agency themselves?) The phone # listed on this mailer is 1-877-960-4861"

For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two company out of 20 is still alive that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds. You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

71. Cornerstone Tax Resolution, Jacksonville, FL , 2011 start date
B minus BBB rated company in Northern Florida -BBB record. Pretty standard tax resolution website:  http://cornerstonetaxresolution.com/



CLASS OF 2012

72. Optima Tax Relief, Santa Ana, CA, April 2012.
In three years, thanks to a massive investment in marketing by their investors who previously had success in debt relief. Optima Tax Relief might very well be the largest tax resolution company in the United States. Optima's website is here: http://optimataxrelief.com/. Optima has grown fast enough to have 11 licensed tax professionals on staff including E.A's. and attorneys but maybe many more in 2015. That's a respectable number of professionals considering their start date. Their decent BBB record is here: Their A rated -- BBB record. In 2013 - Optima has been running intelligent well-produced radio ads with Alan Thicke, the entertainer.

While their BBB record does indicate a solid quality of service, Optima does charge a premium for their services which we discuss in a blog post:  HERE

IN 2013, Optima is also advertising as Taxestozero.com  which claims to give IRS tax relief solutions within 30 days with a phone # of 1-800-372-7519. ALSO IN 2013 - Optima has been advertising on Google as:  tax-settlement.supermoney.com. AND FINALLY, OPTIMA IS ADVERTISING AS TAX RELIEF PARTNERS:  http://taxreliefpartners.com/

For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only two company out of 20 is still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor. For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

73. National Tax Relief Center, Florida, 2012
Looks like a new company: http://www.nationaltaxreliefcenter.com/index.cfm. We are not able to locate a Better Business Bureau record for the company - which is concerning. Could this be their website too:  http://taxservices411.com/ ?  In late 2014, these websites look pretty dead and inactive. 

74. FTB Tax Resolution Services, February 2012, San Marcos, CA
Another new tax resolution company, the BBB record:  BBB record. Their website is www.ftbtaxservices.com.  We have nothing to report on them for now.

75. Tax Monkey, May 2012, Newport Beach, CA
DORMANT COMPANY (BUT NOT DEAD?) - In late 2014, their website is inactive: taxmonkey.com Their BBB record rates a C plus:  BBB record.  WE called their customer service line:  (800) 838-6665 and went to voicemail. It would not be shocking that this company doesn't exist the next time we check?! They might not even exist now! For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only one company out of 20 is still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor.  For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

76. New Life Tax Relief, February 2012, Los Angeles, CA
In late 2014, their website is dormant:  Website. Their BBB record is also dormant: BBB record. We called 1-800-935-6762 and someone did answer as "New Life Tax Relief." Will they still exist in 2015? We aren't wagering that they will be.
(800) 935-6762For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only one company out of 20 is still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor.  For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

77. Global Tax Services, Houston, TX, October 2011, TAX LIEN MAILER.
From one of the dens of tax resolution sin - Houston TX - home of the defunct Taxmasters comes Global Tax Services who sends out mailings to people with Federal and State tax liens. In late 2014, we checked out their website:  http://glbtaxservices.com/ - looking pretty dormant?  Global Tax Services' quiet BBB record - BBB record     You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

78. Key Tax Group, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2013
Just spoke with Kelly Gibson - a Tax Attorney with a Masters in Accounting -- who is the founder of Key Tax Group.  As we have said throughout this blog - it is excellent when the licensed tax professionals are prominent in a tax resolution company.  Their website is here:  -www.keytaxgroup.com/  BBB record should be up fairly soon?.  

79. Community Tax Team, Dallas, TX, 2011
We don't see any tax professionals or names listed on this site - maybe it's a lead generation site? We will say it is an above average website. We couldn't find a BBB record for them.  http://www.communitytaxteam.com. We tried to call them in 2015 - no dice.  Probably headed to the closed list.
80. Taxpayer Resolution Services, Miami, Florida,  2012
Looks like they have a great name if "S.E.O." is what they're after. Don't they have a toll free # in Florida? We would wager they don't exist in 3 years. Website: http://www.taxpayerresolution.com/contact-us  Also: No Better Business Bureau record that we could find.

81. Insight Law Firm, Seattle, WA, July 2012
Welcome neighbor to the tax representation game. We like the website: http://www.insightlawfirm.com. Their BBB record.

82. National Tax, National Tax Debt or National Tax Group , Los Angeles, California, 2011, TAX LIEN MAILER.

National Tax Debt or "Tax Group" as their office sometimes answers the phone is a new company that has made a substantial investment in mailings to people with tax liens. Our research is that this company was started by a gentleman named Patrick Oakes. He was the previous owner of Traveler's Tax - another company that relied on tax lien mailings for its marketing. That company expired in the early to mid 2000's and is in the Graveyard of Tax Relief Companies

Their website is here: http://www.nationaltaxdebt.com/about-us/ They say that they have CPA's, EA's and Attorneys on staff in the big building picture on their site. But we wish they'd list some names of them? They have multiple # is 1-888-780-9892 or 1-800-657-0840 or 1-800-656-1732 or 1-800-409-7968 or 1-866-362-5842. AS their name is so universal - "National Tax" - we think National Tax Experts bears the brunt of some of their complaints as their BBB record is a pristine A plus:  BBB record

For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only one company out of 20 is still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor.   For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

Here's the language in a couple of their mailers:

EXAMPLE ONE: 

Tax Processing Center
Tax Lien Division
FINAL NOTICE

1-800-656-1732

The address they indicate is

Tax Processing Center
4133 Avenida de la Plata
Oceanside, CA 92056 

They also have a mailer that says

Notice of Tax Lien Investigation

Tax Lien Verification Unit
Phone 866-362-5842  

EXAMPLE TWO: 


PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
Tax Lien Notification. Please Read Carefully.
Phone 800-713-5783

and another:

Form 009-S Tax Lien Reduction Notification
Info for the Federal Affordability Stability Plan
Phone 800-913-7965

We are not aware of this form # - form 009-S? - Bogus! And the Federal Affordability Stability plan - WTF is that? You can also read MORE about the Tax Lien Mailing Phenomenon -- HERE.

As recently as 2014 - National Tax has been sending mailers stating "Notice of Wage Garnishment and Lien Investigation," with the phone number 800-780-8415.  Their company name is NOT listed on the mailing.


83. 800 TAX or Clear Choice Tax Solutions, Orange County, CA, April 2012
Marketing pretty heavily on the internet -- they have nice websites - sort of: http://800tax.com/ or http://www.clearchoicetaxpros.com/ BUT no BBB record that we could find. For what it's worth: Southern California tax relief companies have an abysmal survival record -- only one company out of 20 is still alive  that were started in 2006 or earlier!  Old Tax Relief Firms Survival Rate - Very Poor   For their customer's sake, let's hope these guys buck these odds.

84.  NTC Financial, LLC or National Tax Consultants, West Palm Beach, FL, November 2012
New player in the tax resolution game: BBB record. Their website is here: ntcfinancial.com. They quoted a fee of $3500 to help a taxpayer who owed $22,000 to the IRS whose case was in Automated Collection Systems. We offered the same service for $900.00. TAX LIEN CALLER

85. Landmark Tax Group, Santa Ana, CA 2012  An ex-IRS agent now in the business of representing taxpayers emailed us to announce that he is in business. Sounds good. Good luck to you: http://www.landmarktaxgroup.com/  As per the owner - Landmark does not list on the So Cal BBB.com due to the history of corruption at that BBB. We can roll with that.   LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

86. ALG Tax Solutions, Michigan, 2012
E.A. and C.P.A. Akono Gross has opened up his new practice after being in the industry for a while. Two licenses to practice? Impressive: Website: http://www.algtaxsolutions.com/   LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED. 

87. A Better Way Tax Consulting, Broomfield, Colorado, October 2012
Broomfield, Colorado is a town that spawned both Omni and 20/20 - two of the biggest tax resolution companies we've known...and naturally ex-employees try to jump into the game:  http://betterwaytax.com/about. And their BBB record: BBB record

88. Tax Resolutions, LLC, Southampton, PA, November, 2012 TAX LIEN COLD CALLER 
Stumbled upon "Tax Resolutions" recently- - we believe that they cold call tax liens. Their BBB record is  HERE

89. Blackfin IRS Solutions, Denver, CO, 2012 
Kind of a cool name: http://www.blackfinirs.com/about. Two years - well - that's not a lot of time in the business. BBB record is pretty clean so far: Blackfin IRS solutions - BBB record 

90a. Tax Law Advisory, San Diego, March 2012
Tax Law Advisory has been sending the following deceptive email to people:

NOTICE OF ENFORCED COLLECTION ACTIVITY
Agency: Federal/State
Phone Number: 888-941-5236
Notice Date: 02/09/2015


My name is Jason, and I am the agent that has been assigned to your case as of February 6th, 2015. I am following up with you about your back taxes.

Because your case has not been resolved, actions to collect are currently in process. In order to avoid the consequences, you will need to contact me to resolve this matter, or another agent within our office, by February 15th, 2015.

Jason Stallings
Settlement Officer
Department of Compliance
O: 888-941-5236
F: 888-213-0302

Pretty bold email to say the least.  A couple of questions jump out:  are you an agent with the government? How can someone in the private sector be "assigned" to someone's case?" Very clever. Still their BBB is not contaminated - yet: BBB record.  Their website (kind of) : http://www.taxlawadvisory.com/
 

2013

90. Tax Relief Central, Miami, FL and/or taxreliefcentral.com
Looks like a new website staffed by Attorneys including Hubert Johnson, Sr.. Brand new company without a BBB listing yet. But - the fact there are attorneys named on the website is a good thing for sure.

91. IRS Tax Pros,  Longwood, FL
Our tax preparation department was contacted by this firm to send tax resolution cases to them. We don't see a Better Business Bureau record for them yet. Phone (855) 829-4475, website:  taxpros.org

92. JL Tax Group, Vero Beach, Florida , 2013 -- TAX LIEN MAILER
Stumbled up on this company in a websearch. JL Tax Group includes two Enrolled Agents: Chris Higgins and Steven Musick. We have great respect for companies who have E.A.'s visible in the organization and even more appreciation for companies that email us to update our blog (!). Good luck - JL.Their website is www.jltaxgroup.com,. BBB record hasn't been set up yet. 

93. Action Tax formerly Cool Tax Services, Orange County, California, 2013
Exchanged emails with Matthew Cooling, E.A., who is relatively new to the practice but has extensive experience in the audit division of the California FTB and is now representing clients on the other side. He prepares returns and is expanding his tax representation and resolution business. His website is www.cooltaxservices.com  LICENSED TAX PROFESSIONAL LISTED.

94. Signature Tax Services, Southern California, July 2013
Somebody previously employed in the tax relief industry (with US Tax Shield) went "all-in" with their marketing with Signature Tax. Signature's website is:  http://signaturetaxservice.com. But -- hate to nitpick BUT - were you really seen on CNBC and Fox Business News? Advertise there? Or is it made up? You also list addresses in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, etc. Now come on - those are all mail boxes --- right? And local numbers that go to your office in Los Angeles?  Prove us wrong? OK. We give up. Their BBB listing is here:  BBB record

95. E. Cohen and CPAs, Maryland, 2013
These folks have long pedigrees in tax/tax resolution practice including Nicholas Preusch who very recently was an attorney at the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility. It appears they have recently started to advertise their tax resolution help credentials. Their Web Site Looks like a very solid practice to me.  A new BBB record

96. Taxes 321, Woodland Hills, CA, 2013
Couldn't find a BBB record for these folks. Maybe they are ex employees of Tax Resolution Services in nearby Encino?  BBB records are pretty essential these days.  Here's their website:  http://taxes321.com/

97.  Madison Tax Group, New York , NY , March 2013
Nothing too unique here:  http://madisontaxgroup.com/ Stock photos. No licensed tax professionals listed.  Snore. Good luck. BBB record:  BBB record 

98. Kutler Tax Resolution, Arvada, CO, October 2013
New company out of Colorado - BBB record and their Website.

99. Tax Solutions Group, Santa Ana, CA , October 2013 TAX LIEN MAILER
Sends out mailers to folks with tax liens. Website: http://taxsolutionsgroup.net/. BBB record:  BBB record

2014

99. Taxresolutionlawyers.com   2014?
Great website. Lots of licensed tax professionals on staff probably with lots of experience.  taxresolutionlawyers.com 

100. Ultimate Tax Defenders or Ultimate Tax Group, Los Angeles, CA 2014
Just stumbled upon Ultimate. We have spoken to the owner -- Eric -- and we think these guys aspire to good service and have good intentions. Their website is HERE:  http://ultimatetaxdefenders.com/about-us. They advertise on the radio. As of April 2014 - here's the BBB rating:  BBB rating

101. Tax Representation, Inc., Gardena, CA, July  2014 RADIO ADVERTISER
Our understanding is this company was set up by the people who started Certified Tax (Lisa Wong), a company in L.A that recently closed: BCA record . Besides it being a much catchier name than Certified, we're not clear why they started a new company - to escape the other company's bad reputation? Here is their website with that enviable website address: http://www.taxrepresentation.com. You can reach them 800-586-2001 and 800-255-3995. Tax Representation has a BBB record now:  BBB record

So far in 2015 - this company did offer a $4000 representation fee to a customer who owed $30,000 to the IRS and probably wasn't going to qualify for an Offer to settle. The likely result for this high-income person was that he would need to renegotiate a payment plan and maybe get the penalties off if he can start getting compliant. Our fee to get get him the best deal we could? $1100.00. If this person did pay $4000 and the result was NOT an Offer in Compromise - well - that might just be a very dissatisfied individual.

102. People's Tax Relief, Boca Raton, FL, June 2014
Welcome to the game PTR - I hope your service is more unique and original than the photo stock of business people you have on your website: http://www.peoplestaxrelief.com. Their BBB record

103. National Tax Aid, Long Beach, CA (1988) but more likely 2014
Cool site:  http://www.nationaltaxaid.com/ Business claims to have been open since 1988:  BBB record which probably means there is a licensed tax professional who has been doing it since 1988, but hasn't started marketing for tax resolution clients until recently.

104. Compass Tax Group, Broomfield, CO, 2014 (?)
Attorney and E.A. join forces to start: http://www.compasstaxgroup.com. We could be wrong on the start date. These folks are in the hotbed of taxresolutionland - Broomfield, CO - home of Omni Financial and 2020. Good luck folks - thanks for putting your licenses out there - that's good. However - you need to get a BBB listing.

105.  Tax Debt Services, Temecula, CA, 2014
A company started by an ex-employee of Platinum Tax Defenders. We think their intentions are good. They wrote us asking to be listed on the blog. Good luck guys!  http://www.taxdebtservices.net/

106. Clean Slate Tax, Jupiter, FL 2014
Licensed tax professionals all over the site. Love it. That's a good start in our book.   http://cleanslatetax.com/  BBB record: BBB record 

107. Defense Tax Group, Los Angeles, CA May, 2014
If you were in the tax resolution marketing laboratory and you were brewing up the best tax resolution company name with the most Search Engine Optimization (SEO) power - you might come up with "Defense Tax Group" - a clever play on "Tax Defense Network" or "Tax Defense Partners." Located on Wilshire Boulevard in L.A. -- THE SITE OF AT LEAST 4 TAX RESOLUTION COMPANIES DEATHS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.  Website. BBB record:  BBB record

108. Pure Tax Help or Pure Tax Resolution , Michigan, Portland, OR, Boston or Virginia, 2014
Not exactly sure about the story of Pure Tax - there's no Better Business Bureau record - to help the narrative. They have set up several websites with the hope of capturing local audiences around the U.S.. But it's not clear where their central office is?  "Michigan Pure Tax Help" for example or Pure Tax Resolution in Oregon. Until these get a BBB record - to clear things up for the public , we just can't endorse these guys no matter how "pure" they say they are. Probably a lead-generator.

109. Creative Tax Solutions, Inc., August 2014, Lantana, Florida
 BBB record is here: BBB record. Above average website - http://www.creativetaxsolutionsllc.com/- however - the TV ad references - CNN , MTV, Fox News, etc. - strike us as disingenuous. We doubt that this company has been on any of those networks.

110. Tax Remedy Consulting, Broomfield, Colorado, May 2014
Another company in Broomfield - holy cow - does Omni and 20/20 have "non-compete" contracts? Not a great start at the BBB with a F rating in under a year: BBB record. Got admit this generic website kind of bugs: http://www.irstaxhelpers.com.  Is there anything original in tax resolution marketing anymore? Any original thoughts or perspective? Where are the real people in this business? Who works here? Someone?  Frustrating. 

111. Dartmouth Financial Group, Denver, Colorado, January 2014
Why that is a nice and mighty Ivy league name to give yourself fellows? BBB record still checks out here: BBB record. Nice glossy website - http://www.dartmouthfinancial.com - Two guys, Terry Burke and Steve Pierce, appear to have created Dartmouth - we are not sure if they are C.P.A.'s , E.A.'s. or Attorneys.

112. Anderson Bradshaw Tax Consulting, Salt Lake City , UT 2014(?)
Frustrating website that doesn't list their address:  http://www.abctaxrelief.net/home.html
Even more frustrating: these guys don't have a Better Business Bureau listing - try for yourself: http://www.bbb.org/utah

Curiosities -- Clever, marketing related sites - directly or indirectly related to the tax representation industry.

a. DORMANT/DEAD SITE  Rocket Tax Relief, 2010.  OK: it's almost 2015 and we're looking at RocketRelief.com which really is just a rusted out hulk of a website which once had the purpose of being a review site for tax resolution companies. I guess they are still paying the host fees. This site has obvious misspellings and seems to be frozen in time in 2010. It was a good idea - I guess. Time to turn it off, folks!   Their companion site  http://taxreliefgeeks.com./ is also frozen in time - old companies - useless. A good concept but sometimes follow-thru is everything in life.

b. Consumer Tax Reports, 2012
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery and clearly consumertaxreports.org or consumertaxreviews.org   which were created in 2012 were conceived by someone who has read our blog. Who are we to complain? Consumer Tax Reviews has us - Washington Tax - ranked at #5!

c. DORMANT/DEAD SITE -- The Tax Relief Company or http://thetaxreliefcompany.com/, 2013
Yet another imitator of the blog like Consumer Tax Reports and this blog - to an extent. This site seems to have been created by Optima Tax Relief above - a company who started in 2012. But in 2014 - this site looks pretty dormant and dead.  Nice try guys. 

d. IRSmaster.com , 2012
Want to avoid the high fees of tax representation and sometimes dubious people involved in the tax resolution industry?  Irsmaster.com  is a low-cost alternative to tax resolution representation. Created by a tax attorney - it offers a system for resolving your own tax problem. Worth a look.


Lead Generators- What Does This Mean?  Lead Generators are Marketers for Tax Resolution/Representation Companies -- they Generate Leads or New Clients via TV, Radio and/or Internet.  They are NOT "actual" tax representation companies.

e. Back Taxes Help or backtaxeshelp.com,  Stamford, CT, April, 2009.  Company's BBB record says they are internet marketing company (?):  BBB record. Their website: http://www.backtaxeshelp.com/About_us.html


f. Taxation Law Firms or taxationlawfirms.com, ? 2012

We think this is a lead generation site for attorneys in the tax representation field? It's not too bad of a site: http://www.taxationlawfirms.com/

g. Business Tax News - ROBOCALLER

Company sends out robocalls leaving the phone 1-888-814-4411 asking if you are being levied or you have unfiled tax returns. 

h. Tax 10000 Network or Tax10000.com -- 2012

This company which advertises on cable TV appears to be a lead generator for other companies.  But we could be wrong. They have phone #'s 1-800-549-2544 or 1-800-671-8366. I hope they route the calls to good legitimate companies. But we wouldn't count on it. We could NOT find a Better Business Bureau listing for them.

i. Tax Debt Relief Center or Tax Freedom Insitute? 

Heard an internet radio ad -- listening to Pandora -- we don't think they are tax firm-- just a lead generator -- the phone # to call is  1-800-989-1782.

j. Tax Resolvers, 2013

They have a lead generation site http://www.thetaxresolvers.com/ and appear to advertise on Radio.  Community Tax Relief of Chicago (on stalwart list) is the recipient of leads from them.

k.  IRS Tax Leads or  http://irstaxleads.com/, Sacramento, CA

It's rare for the tax blog to endorse a lead generator. But our company has worked directly with IRS Tax Leads and we can attest that they are a very efficient and professionally-run company. We have been very pleased with the reasonably priced tax help leads they have forwarded to us. If you are in the tax representation business and are looking for a way to get new clients -- you might want to give them a call at 1-877-318-7997 or check out their site:  http://irstaxleads.com/

l. US Tax Professionals or ustaxprofessionals.com - 2013

Another lead generator.

m. Maximum Tax Resolution or Calls Direct, Santa Barbara, CA, April 2012

Stumbled upon their site via Google Adwords: http://maximumtaxresolution.com. Maybe their a lead generator? Maybe they're real company. Not sure. Their BBB record says they are "Calls Direct" so probably a lead generator.:  BBB record

n. The Tax Eliminator, 2013

Not sure who it is - but another website to get new customers for someone:  http://tax-eliminator.com/terms.php

o. Tax Advice Today or taxadvicetoday.com, 2013

Lead generator for who knows - sends spam to your email: taxadvicetoday.com 

p. First Choice Tax Relief, 2013

Although this website publicizes itself for it's excellent BBB rating - we couldn't find a BBB record for them. We are fairly confident that this is a lead generator site for another tax resolution company:  firstchoicetaxrelief.com

q. Tax Support USA, 2013
Run of the mill lead generator:  http://www.taxsupportusa.com They say they were on "CBS Moneywatch." We would wager pretty heavily they were NOT. 1-888-646-1613.

r. Tax Relief Advisor,  2013
Another lead generator for Tax Defense Network in Florida:  http://www.taxreliefadvisor.org

s. Tax Relief Partners, 2013, Santa Ana, CA
Tax Relief Partners or taxreliefpartners.com is probably the best lead generation site we have ever seen aesthetically. Fantastic. We are pretty certain this website is a lead generator of Optima Tax Relief's.

t. IRStaxdebtattorney.com  , Fort Lee, NJ 2013
Phone number 1-888-603-3094. Looks like a lead generator and not a real company? Found them advertising on Nytimes.com

u. Reliance Tax Group, 2014, Florida
At least at the bottom - they say - that they are a lead generator - refreshing.  Reliancetaxgroup.com

w. IRStaxdebtattorney.com, Fort Lee , NJ, November 2010
Good ad and lead generating style web-site:  irstaxdebtattorney.com  Judging from BBB record -  BBB record - They could be a company ? But look like a lead generator.  

x.Taxreliefadvisor.org  - 2014
This is a nice website that connects you to Enrolled Agents around the country? We think. So more of a lead generator than a company but nicely done.

y. Resolvetax.com, Sacramento, CA , April 2009
Stumbled upon their website:  Resolvetax.com upon a search of the internet. Lead generator? Actual company that does cases? Not sure. Their BBB record is:  BBB record '

z. Dwight the Knight, Probably Los Angeles, CA 2015

Cute commercial:  dwighttheknight.com- probably from the same guys who brought your Blue Tax or just as likely Optima Tax Relief.  Who knows - cute though and clearly a lead-generator and not a real actual company that services clients.


When any of these new companies die they go to a place we call the Graveyard of Tax Resolution Companies.

Do really want to take a chance with a tax representation company with 4 years or less of existence? Why don't you call the experts at a company with 25 plus years of experience?  1-888-282-4697 or EMAIL US your tax situation HERE!  












30 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Juceam Group, aka OMG tax, is owned and operated by the Deutch family from the shut down Roni Deutch Law Firm.

jeff fouts said...

Great writeup Jay, it looks like you have a very trustworthy tax resolution service.

taxhelpattorney.com is located in Ellijay GA

maryann said...

Hi! Just wondering if you have ever heard of Certified Tax Group and if they are a scam?

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Issues said...

Hi Mary Ann - they are listed up above #22 - started business in 2008.

Brandon said...

Jay, Check out Resolute Tax Services in Tempe. www.mytaxrep.com. The RTS in SC copied the name s a lot of JK Harris employees were very interested in the one in Tempe. I would love to talk to let you know more about our company. It was started in 2009.

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Issues said...

HI Brandon -- feel free to email me about your company at jfreeborne@watax.com and I will get you on the blog.

Anna V. said...

Does anyone know anything about Tax Monkey? I wanted to know who owned it or which group is it a part of? I'm thinking of using them and want to get more information.

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Issues said...

HI Anna - thanks for reading the blog. I am just skeptical of "tax" companies that have very little time in the business - who rely on gimmick marketing like a "monkey." Keep shopping :)

Roger Zelaya said...

Can you comment on tax Result and their guarantee money back?

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Issues said...

Hi Roger: Well Tax Results of Michigan has a C minus rating with less than 3 years of business. Make your own judgement from that.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking at the national tax relief center of america. It looks like they also registered as national tax services of america (taxservices411.com).

National tax services cold called my parents stating they could get my parents tax bill to zero for a nominal fee.

Only two of the employees to contact have linked in accounts and interesting enough for the employee contact list (http://taxservices411.com/learning-center/contact-information/taxservices411-phone-book#) the only two you can contact via form are the first two whom also have the linked in accounts. Seems very interesting to me...

Anthony E. Parent, Esq said...

Hey thanks for the words about my firm and website!

IRSmedic.com has actually been around since 2006. Still going strong and getting better. We have 5 attorneys, an ex-IRS auditor, 2 accountants and 5 support staff now.

The thing that we are doing different is that we warranty our work. This is a big thing. Getting an IRS resolution is just part of it. The IRS ROUTINELY fails to code cases correctly, fails to put all periods into a collection alternative --- even when they say they did!

Obviously, if you are a client who paid for resolution, you want resolution. And it isn't really going to matter whose fault it is.

That's why if the IRS mucks something up, we take care of it, no additional fee. And sometimes it has taken us years (serious) to finally get the IRS to reverse something stupid it should not have done.

My staff is a lot less stressed with this policy and our clients are happier too.

Again, thanks for the words and helping people figure out who is real.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Can you comment on Optima Tax Relief. WhatWhot they told me vs the Alan Think commercial are to totally different things. Can I trust a company that can't immediately tell me what my tax outcome could possibly be? Thewy're askfor a lotta money up front. Then...?

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Issues said...

RE: Optima Tax -- I think this is a company with good intentions. However, I am inclined, knowing the complexity of some tax resolution cases to endorse businesses that have been doing this for 10 years or more. My company and others on the stalwart list might be safer bets.

Shane Worth said...

From what I gather, The Juceam Group, aka OMG tax, is not owned and operated by the Deutch family. I may be wrong.

Anonymous said...

OMG Tax is operated by Scott Juceam- RONI DEUTCHS BROTHER!! Mr. Juceam worked at his sisters Roni Deutch Law Firm for over 10 years until they got closed down. Then he opened up 'The Juceam Group' along with his and Roni Deutchs brother Russel Deutch and they were since sued for fraud in their connections with their sis Roni Deutch. Now they just changed their name to 'OMG Tax' THE SAME FAMILY from Roni Deutch Law Firm

Elizabeth Johnsen said...

The IRS Hitman site is an advertisement for the Tax Defense Network. It says so in small print on the right-hand side of the "Contact the Team" page. It's a clever marketing idea and I'm sure the attorneys had fun doing the photo-shoot.

Anonymous said...

Can you give me info on National Tax Experts in Woodland Hills California?

Anonymous said...

I'm so confused about this industry. Who is the largest? I read it was Tax Relief Services, who is now apparently Tax Defense Partners? Why the name change.

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Issues said...

Anonymous - the company you are referencing is actually " Tax Resolution Services" and they changed their name to "Tax Defense Partners" - I think they did this because their previous name - which was pretty generic -- "tax resolution" attracted an audience that overlapped with other companies.

Anonymous said...

consumertaxreports i believe is owned and managed by the tax defense network. They were sued by another tax company in florida called jg taxgroup because they had their name on the website. The site advertises in google too so the ratings are flawed in some way but also with research u can come to this conclusion. also dont believe bbb ratings are not flawed as each office operates independently.

Anonymous said...

Re: #62, "Rapid Resolution Tax Group"- seriously, Jay? They "aspire to good service"? That may be true, but I am highly suspicious of any organization that does not list their professionals- w/full names, bios, qualifications & licensure- prominently on their website. Wasn't it you yourself, elsewhere in this article- who said as much? How can you then endorse this group, who has NO such listing on their website. Even their domain name is registered anonymously. Anyone considering doing business with this "group"- I suggest you ask your fast-talking consultant to provide you with FULL NAMES and qualification of the "Attorneys" who will be working on your case & listen to just what happens. You'll be surprised at how quickly your consultant (aka "salesperson") becomes irate, defensive and hostile. Call me crazy, but I'm not doing business with anyone who hides behind a website and an 800 number.

Anonymous said...

On SC Tax Resolution all they did was take our money and get us in more trouble with the IRS paid for my 2013 taxes and never received them neither did the IRS. Then they said my power of attorney ran out and wanted another 7500.00 out of not knowing any better sent them 500 more to start paying the 7500.00 then said what the hell am I doing and dropped them still can't even collect the 500.00. That all I want back.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but this one is a scam, complete scam. No company name and address, and makes it look like they are the IRS.

Sending notices claiming people owe $20K when they actually got a refund that year!

PTR 888-667-5620 IS A SCAM.

I reported them to every agency I could think of.

Mzbread1981 said...

I wanted to know if Madison tax group based in New York, is a good company or a scam?

Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Talk said...

Hi - thanks for the heads up on Madison Tax Group. Their BBB record says they started in March 2013. There are no licensed tax professionals listed on the website. In my opinion - those are two marks against the company. There are many more proven tax resolution experts - with years of experience and who list their tax professionals on their website - like us! (watax.com)

Anonymous said...

How come Tax Defense Network is not on this list? They opened in 2008 and should be on this list. I keep seeing that you highly recommend Tax Defense but after looking at there BBB rating it looks worse then most of these other companies. 21 complaints in the last year alone seems a little fishy. This is a very nice blog with a lot of information but it looks as if you are stating opinions with no truth behind them. It appears that this is another desperate attempt at deceptive marketing to hide the truth. I think it is pretty convenient that Tax Defense is only praised in this blog and has no other comments. I guess we know who is behind this Blog. The owners of Tax Defense just cashed out millions of dollars so I guess they don't really care what happens now.

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Jay Freeborne - Tax Resolution Talk said...

Thanks for your critique of TDN. Well first, they by no means have any ownership of this blog. Second, they are a high volume operation - yet still rate an A + at the BBB. Yes - they are within the time period of new companies listed here. Yet by virtue of volume and reputation - we felt they were worthy of being on the recommended list. A critique of TDN that is worthwhile is the higher FEES they charge -- check for yourself. But ultimately we stand by our recommendation of them- they run a clean operation.

Anonymous said...

TDN had over 40 complaints when I checked them. No thanks.