Over the last several years, a number of tax relief scams have popped up on the Internet. These “companies” are known for their misleading advertisements that prey on those who are already in dire circumstances due to problems with tax debt.

It’s an unfortunate situation for multiple reasons:

  1. People who already owe significant back taxes get conned into spending thousands of dollars on “relief” that actually does nothing to fix their situation.
  2. Because of the increasing prevalence of these scams, more and more people are becoming skeptical of all forms of tax relief, including the legitimate solutions provided by experienced tax professionals who truly can help.

As a taxpayer and consumer, you need to understand that you do have real options that could help you turn your situation around. But you have to be very careful about which companies you partner with.

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According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), many taxpayers have reported that “after signing up with some of these companies and paying thousands of dollars in upfront fees, the companies took even more of their money by making unauthorized charges to their credit cards or withdrawals from their bank accounts.”

Before “signing up” for anything or hiring anyone, it’s your job to make sure you’re dealing with professionals, rather than one of the many tax relief scams out there.

How to Identify Tax Relief Scams

Tax relief scams can be very clever in their deceptiveness, but there are some sure-fire ways to tell that they’re not real. Here are some quick tips to help you spot them.

“Total elimination of your tax debt”Nobody can guarantee that your debt will be completely washed away. In fact, it’s illegal for a company to advertise this without knowing the specific circumstances of your situation.While it’s true that there are steps you can take to have your debt relieved with the help of a professional tax consultant, you should be very skeptical if anyone is promising that your debt will be totally wiped out.

No real attorneysBe wary of any company that does not use real tax professionals to address the needs of clients. Only attorneys, certified public accountants and federally authorized “enrolled agents” have the authority to represent you when negotiating your tax relief with the IRS.Always research each company carefully to ensure that you’re receiving real help from skilled, professional tax lawyers.

Confusing or nonexistent fee structureTax relief scams are notorious for taking people’s money without any clear explanation of what the total costs are or what their money is used for. Make sure you understand all potential costs before moving forward.If there is no explanation or structure of the rates and fees – or the company is claiming everything will be “free” – you should be immediately skeptical.

 

Avoid the Tax Relief Scams – Get Professional Assistance Now!

If you owe back taxes to the IRS, US Tax Shield can help.

Rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, U.S. Tax Shield offers professional tax relief solutions provided by seasoned tax professionals and enrolled agents. Our skilled attorneys have years of tax resolution experience, helping thousands of clients all over the United States. Our solutions can help get the IRS off your back, safeguard your assets, eliminate stress, and potentially save you thousands of dollars.

For a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our professional tax consultants, call US Tax Shield at 877-829-3535.