My husband had tax debt that resulted in and IRS lien on his credit. This can totally wreck your credit if you want to buy a home or a car. We contacted Associated Tax Relief in late summer 2017 and spoke to Ron Allen. Ron said that he could get out debt reduced by $8, 000 and that was just the start. He told us the fee would be $3, 900 and we could make payments with no interest. Of course we thought this sounded great!
Within the first month or so, Associated arranged a payment plan with the IRS. I was very concerned about this because as I understand it, there is a statute of limitations and I had assumed that was where the $8, 000 reducation would come from. None the less, we followed their reccomendation.
After we signed the payment agreement with the IRS, there was a long period of dead air. We would e-mail and call and there was no response. We got fed up and made an appointment to see them. We met with the guy who runs the place who wore a very wrinkled shirt and a tie with a big stain on it. We also me the attorney who was assigned to us and he was really young and shy. They showed us our file and said that they are working on our case and would insure that we would receive communication from them as often as needed.
To date, 2 years later, we still have the lien, no reduction has occured and I haven't heard from anyone since early February. I am seriously considering filing a small claims suite to get our money back. If nothing else, maybe it will inconvenience them. I also plan on going to the better business bureau and the State Bar Association.
DO NOT BE TAKEN IN BY THESE CON ARTISTS! TRY WORKING WITH THE IRS YOURSELVES! TAKE THE FEE YOU WOULD PAY THESE ###S AND PUT IT TOWARDS YOU TAX DEBT!!!
I called Associated Tax Relief because I had a tax problem. I had zero income at the time and they said I qualified and that it was a guaranteed no brainer and I would pay $2000.00 to the IRS instead of $25, 000.00+. I scraped up $4, 100.00 and filled out all the paperwork requested. They sent back to me paperwork to sign but it was not even filled out properly and was missing all my figures I had sent them. Months went by and nothing was done. I was told it was part of the process. Then they contacted me about wages again and I was making about $50, 000.00 so I sent that in. Nothing was done again and no phone calls were returned. Months later they requested wage info again and I sent it in but I was making $75, 000.00. at the time. Again they sent me paperwork back to me with missing info and wrong numbers on the paperwork. Phone numbers that I were given to contact them were changed so I could not contact them. All mailboxes were full and they never answered any letters. They rotated phone numbers and fax numbers and never returned calls when I did get thru. I had paid an additional $150.00 for the "offer in comprimise". The IRS denied it because of lack of information...all the info I kept telling them they were omitting. Finally months later I talk to Stephanie and was assured this was part of the process, not to contact them and do not talk to the IRS. "We have plenty of time we will contact you. Multiple times I had to refill out paperwork because i was given new case workers. They had all my 2007 tax info and did nothing with it. Again they wanted more figures but now I was making $120, 000.00. The IRS denied the offer in because of lack of info. I had sent all info requested for over 18 months. Associated Tax Relief says I never helped them. I called again about all the missing figures and innacurate figures. "They will revue my case and get back to me". I was told don't worry about your 2007 taxes, we will do a settlement first. Months go by and it is impossible to get in contact with them. Then I find out they lead you in this direction and the fine print says all contracts are denied if all tax years are not done. I call the IRS and find out they only recieved one offer in comprimise and all contact with Associated Tax Relief had ceased. I filed a complaint with the Attorney General of California. I finally got some paperwork because of this complaint. Associated Tax Relief lied to the Attorney General. I started checking around about this tax service. They have changed names, addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers. I called some of the old phone numbers and none of the old numbers jived with any tax service. Even the addresses were all bogus.
Hired company for my wife's tax problem. Company took my money but never did anything. We have called several times and are given voice mail or a disconnected line. No one has ever called back. The person anwsering the phone will take your money but will tell you they are a temp and cannot help you or refer you to anyone handling your case. THIS COMPANY IS A FRAUD! They will steal your money. I am writing a letter to the FBI to investigate these people for wire fraud.