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Choosing the Right Tax Resolution Company

tax resolution companiesHidden among legitimate tax resolution companies are frauds that seem operate only to scam their clients. Some well-known names such as J.K. Harris and Tax Masters turned out to be scams. In order to enlist an honest, reputable resolution company, you will want to do the following:

  • • Check the company’s background – The company should have been in service for years, preferably five or more, with a high success rate.
  • • Ask about the company’s staff and qualifications – Many tax resolution companies offer free consultations over the phone. Call the company to inquire about the number of tax professionals they have on staff and their qualifications.
  • • Inquire about their fee – Ask about their total fees, fee structure and billing system. Honest tax resolution services never hold back or attempt to hide information.

You can check the information you receive from the company using trustworthy online resources such as the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. Both these resources are valuable for providing authentic information about companies, including any customer complaints against them.

Better Business Bureau Rating

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1912. Each local chapter keeps an up to day list of complaints against companies in your area. By entering the name of a company on bbb.org, you can find out the BBB’s report on that business. The report includes the following information about a company:

  • Its locations
  • Phone numbers
  • Website address
  • BBB accreditation
  • BBB rating and the reasons for rating
  • Customer complaints summary
  • Customer reviews summary
  • Government actions
  • Advertising review
  • Additional information

Based on the rating and the information provided by the Better Business Bureau, you can more accurately judge the authenticity and reliability of a company.

Spot the Scam

Many fraudulent tax resolution companies rely on similar operational methods. To reach the right tax resolution company, spot the scam using these tips:

  • Never do business with a company that asks you to pay the entire fee up front.
  • Do not be intimidated by threats of penalties, imprisonment or levy. These are pressure tactics scam companies use to bully people.
  • Be on guard when a company promises results without knowing the details of your case.
  • Do not be hurried into hiring. Research and take time to make an informed decision.

Gather information about the company, its staff and activities from reliable resources and cross-check that information to find out the real facts. This will ensure that you choose the right tax resolution company and obtain a reliable resolution.