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Tax Masters, Roni Deutch, JK Harris, Blue Tax and Other National Tax Debt Advertisters Who Use Lies and Half-Truths to Hook Taxpayers

Many people who sufferer from back IRS tax debt first became interested in hiring a tax firm after seeing a  TV commercial or infomercial from one of the many companies who have a national television campaign such as Tax Masters, Roni Deutch, JK Harris or Blue Tax.

In time taxpayers have came to realize that outstanding promotions do not equal outstanding tax debt results as claimed (i.e. pennies on the dollar or a portion of your tax debt). What many have learned is that the best value (quality and price) is not to be found at the heavily advertised national chain tax relief/resolution companies. Rather the best values are the gem in the rough tax firms that do virtually no advertising and obtain clients from good word of mouth on and offline. Unlike the national chain tax firms, quality independents maintain a workable case load and focus on quality rather than quantity.

I recommend that any person considering hiring a tax firm first ask to speak to the person who will actually be representing them before the IRS (not some salesperson or low level assistant). They will then be able to get a feeling of whether or not they feel comfortable working with that individual and hear what results to expect straight from the horses mouth (rather than a salesperson who often in this industry will stretch the truth tin order to close the sale).

Research the number of complaints with the BBB (disregard the rating as it is an arbitrary system and the criteria changes from BBB office to office-e.g I have seen companies with over 30 complaints and still have an A+ rating! It is the number of complaints that count).

Look for the number complaints posted online (granted some may be competitors with faux postings pretending to be a client and therefore the BBB is the only 100% reliable consumer compliant agency).

Generally the client reviews from the national chains like Tax Masters, Roni Deutch (which has since shut down), JK Harris and others have not been favorable, in fact all three mentioned have been sued by Attorney General Offices among others.

My professional advice is to look past the commercials and infomercials and sleep tight and don’t buy the hype!