Can A Tv Lawyer Help You With Your Tax Problems?
If you watch enough late night and early morning TV, you’re bound to start seeing the same ads. Among the commercials for Kinoki Foot Pads and Girls Gone Wild, are ads for various attorneys like Maryland accident attorney and tax attorneys advertising that they’ve helped their clients see relief of thousands of dollars in tax debt to the IRS. Two of the biggest players on the scene are Roni Lynn Deutch, and JK Harris and Company. But can they help?
Both of these companies act as mediators between you and the IRS. Based on testimonials online, you make an upfront payment to these companies, and the companies promise to work with the IRS on your behalf to get debt relief.
One of the biggest services offered by these tax attorneys is the “Offer in Compromise”, which is an agreement in which the IRS accepts less than full payment of a tax debt as payment in full. This is the type of settlement that leads to the claims that these agencies make, which is that they can erase all or a large portion of your debt to the IRS.
Unfortunately, the IRS indicates on their website that this type of settlement happens in less than one percent of the cases.
A review of Better Business Bureau records on JK Harris shows that the company has an unsatisfactory record with the BBB. As of this writing, JK Harris has amassed 845 complaints in the past 36 months due to their handling of consumer issues. It also mentions two lawsuits filed by Kansas and Missouri against the company that were “amicably resolved”. The record of Roni Lynn Deutch with the BBB is much better, having a satisfactory record and only 123 complaints in the past 36 months. The company did, however, have to pay a $300,000 settlement to New York State for deceptive advertising.
A WTVD investigation of JK Harris a year ago questioned its business practices, bringing to light two dissatisfied customers who paid $3350 and $1750 for their services and indicated that they received no relief for their back taxes. The company provided partial refunds to both, according to the story.
The golden rule of any advertisement or offer is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Most organizations, and especially the IRS, are not going to absolve you of debt simply because you hire the right people. Before contracting with anyone for this type of service or any other type of service, type their name into a search engine wtih the phrase “Consumer Complaints” or review websites like ripoffreport.com or consumeraffairs.com to find out what others have to say about the company.
When it comes to tax debt, the reality is that you’re probably going to have to pay it. Rather than spend several thousand in money you probably don’t have for a service that provides you no guarantees, you may be better off contacting the IRS directly, explaining your situation, and asking for assistance on resolving the issue in as fair a manner as possible.