Remember Roni Deutch, the "Tax Lady"? How about Patrick Cox, the Taxmasters guy? And how can we forget the ever-present J.K. Harris? Have you wondered what happened to these persistent telemarketers? Each of them, along with countless other unscrupulous operators of national tax resolution/representation "scam" firms, has recently been shut down by regulators, forced to file bankruptcy, or otherwise forced to close its doors.
If you spend any time watching cable television these days, you have probably seen their commercials. They usually start with the words, "if you owe $10,000 or more in back taxes". Looks like they have scammed one too many customers as they have all succumbed to costly fines and judgments resulting from an onslaught of consumer class action lawsuits and investigations by various state attorneys general and other law enforcement agencies.
Specific Penalties & Violations Committed
Taxmasters, in particular, was hit with a $195 million judgment by a Texas jury earlier this year for misleading and defrauding its customers. They all used the same business model – entice the consumer to make a lump- sum payment of $4,500 or $5,000 through unethical sales tactics.
These tactics included:
- (i) Aggressively advertising its services through national television advertisements
- (ii) Making a highly emotional sales pitch
- (iii) Making repeated and excessive follow-up telephone calls
- (iv) Promising unrealistic and unattainable outcomes/resolutions
Don't Get Scammed - Hire an Honest & Ethical Tax Attorney to Handle Your Case
Unlike these now-defunct firms, The Law Office of Michael K. Miller, P.A. cannot and will not promise that we will obtain a "pennies on the dollar" resolution of your tax case through an accepted Offer in Compromise. We may or may not be able to achieve such a result – it all depends on the facts and circumstances of your particular case. However, we can promise that we will carefully analyze your tax issues with the utmost integrity and diligence and provide you with practical and realistic options towards resolving your tax problems.
If you have been victimized by one of these firms or they left you in limbo after they went out of business, contact us today and we will pick up the pieces and get you on the right path towards resolving your tax problems.