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First, I am amazed that there are't more complaints on this sight. Look at BadDeals.com, The Ripoffreport.Com. maybe I shouldn't advertise other sights, but JK Harris seems to be known coast to coast for the same problems with consumers. The one person that I have found on this sight seems to be just an Echo of all the other sights, and I have run into the same problem. JK Harris seems to take your money fast enough, but the same story seems to appear all the time. That is lost files, no service, no customer contact, and refuse to refund your deposit for a plethora of reasons.

Here's my story, (Which is an ongoing soap opera).
INDEX

1. STATEMENT OF FACTS
2. SMALL CLAIMS NOTICE
3. AD FOR FREE TAX SETTLEMENT ANALYSIS
4. ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT
4A. DISCLOSURE PACKET
4B. PROCESS DURATION STATEMENT
5. GUARANTE & REFUND POLICY
6. CERTIFIED MAIL RECEIPT
7. COPY of CANCELED CHECK
8. COPY of STOP PAYMENT
9. 1ST CORRESPONDENCE “CANCELLATION &
DEPOSIT RETURN
10. RESPONSE from J.K. HARRIS re. “FINANCIAL
HARDSHIP”
11. ACCOUNT CLOSURE NOTICE
12. E-MAIL re. REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION,
ACCOUNT CLOSURE
13. CASE CLOSURE For UNPAID BALANCE
14. LETTER TO ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE
15. 2ND CASE TERMINATION NOTICE
16. J.K. HARRRIS RESPONSE TO ATTORNENEY
GENERALS OFFICE
17. 2ND RESPONSE TO ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE,
SAME LETTER
18. 3RD RESPONSE TO ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE,
SAME LETTER
19. ATTORNEY GENERALS NOTICES TO J.K. HARRRIS
20. TAX SETTLEMENT ANALYSIS
21. CORRESPONDENCE TO WGBH (CHANNEL5)
CONSUMER AFFAIRS
22. NOTICES SENT BY ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE
23. FORM 2848 GIVEN AT FREE TAX SETTLEMENT
ANALYSIS
24. FORM 2848 ALTERED BY J.K. HARRIS
25. MOTION TO DISMISS - WRONG ADDRESS
25A. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
26. ANSWER TO MOTION TO DISMISS
27. JUDGMENT FOR PLAINTIFF
28. CERTIFIED REQUEST FOR PAYMENT
STATEMENT OF FACTS

On August 25th,2002 I contacted the local office of J.K. Harris & Company based on their advertisement in the Salem News for a “Free Tax Settlement Analysis”, an appointment was made for August 2nd at 11:am.

Upon meeting with their representative, Miss Karen Berry I initially agreed to use their services. At that time I was given a Form 2848 (Pg. 21), and asked to sign and return.

The initial fee was to be $3,000 based on the number of years to settle with the IRS, and negotiation fee. On the original agreement there was an error that they made that they didn’t notice. The fee should have been $2,900. ($2,300 + 600 = $2,900) (Pg 4). Upon discussion with my wife and further consideration I decided to cancel the contract based on their contract terms (Pg. 5, para. 5).

The corporate office was called on August 13th to cancel the contract, and to initiate a refund of my funds. I was told to send a letter (Pg. 9) requesting a refund.

J.K. Harris subsequently replied (Page 10), stating that “Due to Financial Hardship” they would close my case. (Page 10, Para 1). I did not cancel the contract due to financial hardship, (Pg.9), and have not stated in any correspondence that there was any financial hardship. J.K. Harris insists on continuing to misrepresent and construe the facts (Pg.21, 3rd para). Once again referring to my letter of August 19th (Pg9).

After stating that they would close my case due to financial hardship, (Pg. 10, para 1, dated Aug 23, 2002 1). They subsequently sent me another letter, “Account Closure due to Non Payment” (Pg.11, dated Aug 17, 2002) , and threatened me that they would report me to three credit bureaus.

I subsequently sent them an e-mail on August 30th (Page 12) referencing their letters, and restating that I did not cancel due to financial hardship and pointing out that no where in their contract does it state that I have to give a reason to cancel. I also initiated a call to the arbitration board to try to arbitrate this dispute. I was unable to contact anyone, and left a message to contact me. Subsequently no contact was initiated by the arbitration company.

They subsequently set me another letter stating that they would “Terminate” my case. (Pg. 15 dated Sept 12) due to “me ignoring their attempts to assist me”. (Pg 15, para 2 dated 9/12/03). There is an answering machine at my home, and at no time did J.K. Harris try and contact me by leaving a message. This letter is almost three weeks after their initial letter stating my case was terminated.

On September 4th I contacted the Attorney Generals office to solicit help from their Consumer Affairs Division, to recover my funds. After sending out four letters to J.K. Harris Co., J.K. Harris responded by sending back copies of the same letter three times (Pages 16,17,18,dated Oct 3,2002).

The facts stated in that a letter have been misconstrued and dates manipulated;
Para 3, Line 1 “Was sent a power of attorney”
This was sent with
the “altered” letter (Page
24)
Para 3, Line 2 “Document needed to communicate
with the IRS”.
“ACCOUNT CLOSURE LETTER
(Page 11, para 3),
States “ our, (J.K.
Harris), Power of
Attorney submitted to
the relevant tax
authorities will be
revoked‘.
I did not submit this
document, so I
question how they
submitted this
without my signature.
Para 3, Line 4 “Mr. Marck told our Customer
Service Representative that
the services were to expensive”.
Misstatement of fact,
(Page 12, para 3)
Para 4, Line 3 “Was sent a letter detailing why
his refund was denied”
This letter is missing, or
it is the:
“Account Closure Due to
Non-Payment”
(Pg 11, dated Aug 27,2002
“Case Closure For Unpaid
Retainer Pg 13, dated
Sept 5, 2002)
“Case Termination
(Pg 15, dated Sept 12,
2002)
Para 5 Line 1 “J.K. Harris and Company
understands financial
hardship”.
This seems to be in
total contradiction
to the letter (Pg 10,
para 1), referring to
delinquency charges,
and the “Account
Closure” letter (Pg
11,para 2),and “Case
Closure” letter (Pg
13para 1,line
2), “termination of
contractual
relationship”.
Para 6, Page2, Line2 “Processing and research.
The portion of the
fees that Mr. xxxxx
has paid will be
kept to cover these
expenses.
No “processing or
research” was
done on my
behalf, for the
case was closed,
(pg 10, para 1,
Dated Aug 23,
2002), also no
power of attorney
was given.
Once again, J.K. Harris persists on misstating the facts, i.e. “that they sent me a power of attorney on August 6th“. Upon my initial meeting with Karen Barry at the Beverly office of J.K. Harris, I was told that the whole process may take a year, for J.K. Harris to resolve my problem with the I.R.S (Pg. 4B. ). For J.K. Harris to have sent me a power of attorney as referenced in their letter (Pg 24, dated Aug 13th), where J.K. Harris “altered the date“, August 13th, which is coincidentally the date I first contacted J.K. Harris to cancel the contract. The following would have had to occur: August 2, 2002, Friday 11:00 am Initial appointment, after the appointment to send out my paper work in an overnight envelope to arrive by Monday August 5th. Receive and process my paper work, then send out again. All this was said to have occurred in 24 hours. (Pgs 16,17,18, para3, line 1).
Unless I was their only account they had to process in that time period, I find this hard to believe, and question why the letter is “altered to August 13th“, if it was sent out on the 6th.(pg 24)

If they did send me a power of attorney as previously stated, why did Karen Berry continue to call both our home and my wife’s’ office to have us return the Form 2848 (Pg 12, para 6, dated Aug 30, 2002. Also that they “Understand that clients may experience financial hardship”, (Pgs 16, 17, 18, para 5 pg 1). Also the fact that the portion of the retainer was returned due to “Non-sufficient funds”, (Pgs 16,17, 18, para 1, pg 2).

After much correspondence with J.K. Harris Co. through the Attorney Generals office, the Attorney Generals Office informed me that they are only an arbitrator and have no authority to seek legal action against J.K. Harris.

I had also initially contacted the Consumer Affairs department at WCVB (Channel 5), in hopes that they could help (Pg 21, dated Sept 9,2002), and again in December of 2002. They consumer affairs department must have contacted J.K. Harris for they subsequently placed an advertisement that aired in February of 2003 at about 4 am. WCVB now had a conflict of interest and could no longer assist me.

J.K. Harris has left me with no recourse that than to seek a legal remedy through the court.

A representative from J.K. Harris, Monica Linder, Director of legal Affairs, recently contacted me (February 2004), to inform me that they have filed a motion for dismissal, based on the fact that they do not recognize the courts jurisdiction, and that it must go to arbitration.

In answer to J.K. Harris MOTION TO DISMISS, I must reintegrate that J.K. Harris gave up it’s right to binding arbitration, and does recognize the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Courts, in its correspondence to the Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office of Consumer Affairs on three separate occasion where J.K. Harris responded with the same letter on three separate dates:

Received by the Attorney Generals Office October 7, 2002 Reference Page 16
Received by the Attorney Generals Office November 4, 2002 Reference Page 17
Received by the Attorney Generals Office November 18, 2002 Reference Page 18

So that there can be no misunderstanding, J.K. Harris clearly states in the first paragraph, second line: “Please understand that while we are willing to comply in what ever way you, (Revere Office of Consumer Affairs), deem necessary, the Confidentiality Clause in our contract prohibits us from disclosing certain information involved in this case.”

The first I have seen of this document was on March 9, 2004 at the hearing. Although J.H. Harris signed a certificate of service, they sent it to 520 Broad Street. The highest the numbers go on Broad Street is 58.

The following is the latest correspondace form Monica Linder, Director of the Problem Resolution Office, Legal Affairs. The only reason I have been able to get this dialog was to telling everyone on a websight to be noce to her, for she is brain dead, and that she will say anything old JK tells her to. Also that she almost died from a transplant two years ago, the A H rejected her. SInce that time, she has become very vociferous and sensative. Like shes sensative to consumer problems. What I put on the web sight, was probable the closest shes ever come to someone defending her actions.

Anyway, read on, for this is a continuing soap opera.

Oldnesailor-

I consider your remarks libelous and defammatory, not to juvenile. I certainly hope that you can support your allegations. I certainly intend
to make you.

Kind regards,
M. Linder, Director
Problem Resolution Office
Legal Affairs Office
JK Harris and Company, LLC


This transmission is intended for the sole use of the individual and entity to whom it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged,
confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or duplication of this transmission by anyone other than the
intended addressee, or their designated agent, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this correspondence in error, please notify our office by calling our toll-free telephone number, 1-888-610-8293.
-----Original Message-----
From: Oldnesailor@aol.com [SMTP:Oldnesailor@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2004 6:25 PM
To: mlinder@jkharris.com
Subject: Resolution of problems

You are so full of bull xxxx the EPA should investate you. If brains were gunpowder, you couldn't blow your nose. Of course that is if JK gave his approval.
>


From: Monica Linder

Oldnesailor-

I was not speaking for anyone but myself, since your comments were made directly to me and apparently about me. How would I know about any
conversations we might have had or which court and what date.....you have not put your name on any of your emails, so how would I be able to identify you? If you are so convinced of your righteousness, why not sign your
emails?

Kind regards,
M. Linder, Director
Problem Resolution Office
Legal Affairs Office
JK Harris and Company, LLC

Response From Oldnesailor to Monica

Are you really that dumb? I recently received a certified letter back from your company advising you of the sum owed, the correct address, and the date of the hearing are in the Findings for The Plaintiff you received from the court itself. Also you have all the information at your fingertips, or did you lose them along with every one else’s.

Also did you forget our conversation in February where you advised me of the "Motion To Dismiss", and I told your I would see you in court. Well you have another opportunity to appear in court, April 13, at 9 o'clock. This is a collection hearing, as to why the defendant hasn't paid. This is where I ask to court to subpoena JK Harris & Company's financial records to show cause for not paying, and ask for treble damages, and while I'm at the court house, I might as well file papers Under the Fair Dept and Collection Practices Act, of which I intend to show that you are in violation.

And please advised, I am not bound by a confidentiality clause that you have so kindly quoted to the Attorney Generals office on three occasions, so I "WILL POST", every conversation we have on every web page I can find.
Have a great day, look forward to meeting you in court.

The next court date is April 13,2004 where I will ask for their financial records to show why they haven't paid me. I know they will love to have me looking at those, and I have a few other items I am sure they will enjoy when they receive them form the court.

You to can have this much fun with them. Just start out in small claims court in your state. If they don't attend, they automatically default, which opens up a whole new world of options to you.
     
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oocpuxoo on 2004-04-12:
If I ever need help writing a 50-page thesis, I'll call you.
Mad Eye Moody on 2004-04-12:
Ignorant people should be forgiven; Companies that hire ignorant people and let them spread their viral idocity to their customers should be sued. Go on with your bad self!Thanks for sharing. Good luck Poster - REGULARS - Read this post...it's worth the time. Vote for Moody.
Anonymous on 2004-04-12:
You should have included a table of contents. Jeez!
justice4us on 2004-04-26:
Totally agree with everything here. We also have been ripped off by this company and are just beginning to get verbal. I like this persons style and hope that they continue on in their quest. We're right behind you!
Biker on 2004-09-28:
HI Oldnesailor, I've seen your name before on baddealings, and I believe with your persistence you will win in court, I had a similar problem but I got really screwed, lost a fortune, after 6 years found a brilliant company, www.americantaxbureau.com who got me out the sh.. and for a lot less money, it's only sites like these that really stop JK HARRIS sucking in more people, these sites are a godsend, find a company with good morals and get the job done.
teedoff on 2005-01-31:
I have just begun my case against JK Harris, but want to thank you for your extensive posting and rigorous action here. You are exactly right: they are a complete scam. I've had almost exactly the same experience to this point as you have. Send out the word.
bagboy57 on 2008-06-26:
I EXPERIENCED THE ALMOST EXACT SAME PROBLEMS IN 2000 AS THIS GENTELMAN. FOURTUNLY SOMEONE HAD ENOUGH OF THERE FALSE CLAIMS AND AND PROMISES FILED A CLASS ACTION SUIT 2007 THAT JK HARRIS DECIIDED NOT TO FIGHT AND THE JUDGE AWARDED 6 MILLION TO THE PLAINTIFFS THAT WAS APPEALED AND REDUCDED JUNE 12 2008 TO 1.6 MILLION SO THEY COULD STAY IN BUSINESS AND NOW THEY ARE THERE ADVERTISING THERE SERVICES MUCH DIFFERENTLY(PART OF THE SETTLEMENT) I FILED A CLAIM AND ENTERED AS ANOTHER PLAINTIF IN THAT SUIT OF 6800+ SO I MAY GET FEW HUNDRED BACK OF THE 1500 THEY CHARGED ME FOR THE NOTHING THEY DID FOR ME.JUST GOT THE LETTER FORM AZ AG 'S OFFICE TODAY BY THE WAY I ENDED UP DOING ALL OF THE OFFER IN COMPROMISE MY SELF
MCorbin72 on 2012-01-19:
They got me too, I hate to admit it. I spent $4500 with these people and nothing was done. I'm now working with another company who I found on ConsumerTaxReports.Org. I'd recommend this site to anyone who was burned by JK and still needs help!
http://www.consumertaxreports.org/

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Refund Due
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GOOSE CREEK, SOUTH CAROLINA -- On April 10, 2007 I consulted with JK Harris & Co. in reference to a problem that I was having with the IRS. I thought I had back federal and state income taxes that were due from prior years. I was informed that I had to file all taxes for all years that I had not filed, which were tax years 02, 03, 04, 05, 06 and 07. After filing all outstanding taxes I began getting refund checks from the IRS. I could not understand way. Finally I telephoned the representative that was handling my case (Michael Bens) to find out why I was getting the refunds when I owed back taxes. Mr. Bens informed me that I did not owe any back taxes. I then telephoned the IRS and found out that the taxes that I thought I owed were discharged in 1995 and 1996. I then went to the Circuit Court of Baltimore City to pick up the copy of release information. After picking up the copy of release I telephoned Mr. Bens again to find out what happen to the payment of $4,800.00 that I had paid to JK Harris & Co. He informed me that I may be entitled to a refund and I had to fax the request to the refund department. Later I received a letter from the refund department that several documents had been filed with IRS at a cost of $2,208.00 and I was entitled to a refund amount of $2,592.00.
On July 19, 2009 I received a Receipt and General Release form to sign and return to them. The letter stated that once the release form was received, it would be forwarded to the accounting department for processing. It also stated that they would process the request in the order in which it was received and this process could take between 90-120 days. As of today, July 10, 2010 almost one year later I have not received the refund check. I have sent several e-mails to (pro@jkharris.com) and the only response that I get is “we are processing refunds as fast as possible; we will e-mail you when your refund check is ready”. My engagement number is 27918.
I cannot understand why JK Harris had to charge me $2,208.00 for documents that had to be processed when the IRS discharged my case in 1995 and 1996 and I did not engage their services until 2007. What took them so long to find out that I did not owe the IRS the money? I feel that I am being ignored in reference to my refund check that is almost a year later and I still have not gotten any results. I only had 1 week to pay the $4,800.00 why does it take a year to process a refund check. I am in the process of purchasing a home and I could use this money to help with the closing cost. This has been a frustrating situation for me.
Looking forward to your response. I have copies of all paperwork if needed
Thank you:
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Weedwhacked on 2010-07-10:
I doubt that any paperwork costs that much to file.
drugdoc121 on 2010-07-10:
Paperwork could conceivably cost that much if lawyers were involved.
madconsumer on 2010-07-10:
when filing back taxes, the cost is per hour, not per return to process the paperwork.
yoke on 2010-07-10:
Sounds like they are not doing their job. Since the OP paid $4800 you would think Michael Bens would have called to tell him he did not owe taxes, that is what they got paid to file the papers for. Have you thought of going to smalls claims court to get your refund that they told you you were going to get.
MCorbin72 on 2012-01-19:
There's a website called ConsumerTaxReports.Org that reviews tax companies if you still need help. I'd suggest researching any companies you hire going forward.
http://www.consumertaxreports.org/
Mike
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Service Scam
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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- My mother was facing a large tax burden and we needed legal advice and tax preparation. The IRS wanted a tax return and payment within two weeks, so we contacted JK Harris (after watching a TV commercial). We were set up with an appointment in their Richmond office (700 E Main, Suite 1633) with an attorney named Bill Iobst in August 2004.

He indicated that the fee for their services was $750.00 for the legal advice and $250.00 for the tax preparation and imprinted my debit card on a carbon form by running a pen across it. He said an attorney would be assigned and he gave us some papers to review that evening, and promised that the card would not be processed until I called him back to indicate my approval.

When I got home and reviewed the papers, they were for financial planning services when what we needed was legal advice and tax preparation.

I called him back and he told me they did not provide the services I need (although their TV ads indicate that that is exactly what they do) and that it would take quite some time to get the taxes done (way beyond the IRS deadline). He gave me a number to call for a refund. They requested that I fax a statement indicating that I did not require the financial and tax services, which I did.

The next day, I contacted a real attorney; got the advice I needed, and got the taxes done two days later by an accounting firm.

In October, two months after our original contact, a woman from JK Harris called saying she was ready to do my mother's taxes. I let her know that they had already been done by a different firm, and that I was supposed to get a refund. She said that she checked the record, and that I was correct about the refund and that it would be taken care of.

In November, three months after I was supposed to receive my refund, I began my calling marathon starting with their 800 number and lasting several hours.

In total, I talked to twelve different people on nine different phone numbers without ever getting through to anyone that could help. Five additional numbers I was given were invalid. The only suggestion one of them had was to refax my request for a refund, which I did.

I then called Mr. Iobst back (the one who took my money in the first place), and he promised to contact the home office that afternoon to check on the refund. I heard nothing, so I called the corporate office again in December but only got a voice machine. I left my number but never got a call back.

I then called Bill Iobst again and he promised to contact the main office and have them call me. I have not heard from anyone and it is now January and I cannot make my house payment. I did a web search and found a huge number of problems and complaints indicating that the company appears to be a complete fraud; a scam.

     
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TXRoadTrip on 2005-01-07:
Great you where trying to help out your mom! Contact your Attorney General for your State and file a complaint. Also with the FTC.gov and file a complaint. If this person is a licensed lawyer - file a complaint against your States bar association for lawyers. Accounting - who was the firm to do your taxes? Also file complaints with the FCC.gov for false advertising. You paid by Credit Card = dispute the charges with your credit card company = no services rendered. Any calls you make always take notes, times, names and the number you called. Hope this helps and good luck. Have a better New Year.

Babazeba on 2005-01-26:
I too have had very negative experiences with JK Harris. I believe they commit outright fraud and actually do very little for the majority of their clients. They don't answer phone calls and faxes and will not do as they say. Learn from others & don't make the same mistake. Avoid them like the plague.
See you in court JK ....class action lawsuit filed 1/26/05 in SC!
dandbsanders on 2010-07-29:
I had a very similar issue. And I feel like a complete idiot for trusting them in the first place. Especially being dumb enough to give them money up front!! I lost $5,800, months of my time and they didn't even stop the garnishment I had.After extensive research I found that most of these companies are all the same. saying they can help you and telling you exactly what they will be able to do after one phone conversation. How is that possible when they haven't even contacted the IRS to find out my tax Liability?? I hadn't filled for several years so how could they possibly know? ahhh! such a SCAM!!!! ... JK Harris says that I am not even entitled to a refund because they did work for me. What work did they do?!?! AHHHH. JK HARRIS CAN SHOVE IT!! WE NEED TO START A CLASS ACTION SUIT!!!

(just venting :/)

anyway I found settlewiththeirs.info as it turns out not everyone in tax debt is eligible for help. and especially not for an Offer In Compromise. The OIC is the biggest load of BS that these tax companies pitch to you. But Settlewiththeirs.info did a tax investigation for me with no charge! so that got me interested... said I was not qualified for an OIC, but they did reduce my Tax liability quit substantially. Only a few more months until I'm debt free. I lost $5,800 to JK Harris I hope that anyone who reads this will not repeat my mistake! But if you are still dealing with tax debt check out settlewiththeirs.info. I don't remember the name of the actually company it's not the same as the web address, but their number is 877-517-0067. These guys are full of helpful information. I wish anyone who reads this all the best of luck in the world.



p.s. Don't put your tax issue on the back burner. trust me, the longer you wait to do somethig the WORSE IT GETS!!!
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No Services Provided
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I contacted JK Harris in 2009 to help me reduce my tax debt. I didn’t file for 2000-2004. Apparently the IRS will file for you if you don’t. So the IRS told me I owed 20k in back taxes and had started garnishing my pay. At JK Harris they told me based on my hardship and financial situation I was qualified for an Offer In Compromise and would only have to pay the IRS $1,000. LIES!!! I paid them $2,200 up front so they could file a Power of Attorney and stop the garnishment and 1,200 a month for the next 3 months would be my total fees for the POA and the OIC. The garnishments stopped… for 3 months. I called in to see why and they told me my OIC was rejected and there was nothing they could do for me. Then they told me that I was not entitled to a refund because there is no guarantee for the outcome and the money I paid them was for their services which they performed!! COMPLETE BS!!!! THEY DID NOTHING FOR ME AND TOOK $5,800 FROM ME!!! About 6 months ago after searching for some sort of solution to my taxes and came across www.settlewiththeirs. info (877)517-0067. According to them OIC is not even a legitimate way to reduce your tax debt unless the IRS determines that you have no way of repaying the debt i.e. on your death bed with no job or assets. But they did a Tax Investigation for free and got back to me with the results the next day. It turns out that I was not entitled to an OIC like they stated earlier, but they said they could reduce most of the interest and penalties on my debt and stop the garnishment indefinitely. I have 12 months left of $250 a month back to the IRS then I will be done with this tax debt FOREVER! And they were about 2 grand less than JK Harris. Moral of the Story: If it sounds too good to be true then it is! Stay away from JK Harris. I’m filling a complaint to the Attorney General, The BBB and my Governor! I suggest that you all do the same!
     
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J.K. Harris has broken all communication concerning my refund
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On March 24,2009,I employed J. K. Harris to help me with an I. R.S. problem. I paid them 2,300.00 up front. I got a call from the representative handling my case and she needed me to hurry up and send all the documentation as soon as possible because she said they couldn't get started without it. Soon after that I found out it would not be in my best interest to go through an agency so I cancelled with J. K. Harris and asked for a refund. They told be they were taking 25% of the 2300 because they had done some work on the case and I asked what they had done without my documentation and received no answer. They also sent me a document agreeing to the reduced refund and in that document I was to promise not to bad mouth them to anyone.

I signed the agreement reluctantly and in anger last October and it is now June of the next year and still no refund. I was emailing them every month at the beginning of the month with a reply that I am in line for payment but they can't tell me where I am at in the process or when to expect my refund. If someone out there can tell me what I can do Please let me know. Something is very wrong and that company should be accountable for their actions or inactions.
     
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goduke on 2010-06-09:
I'd be contacting the attorney general for the state in which you live. They should be able to help out.
BEJ on 2010-06-09:
Take them to smail claims court--
goduke on 2010-06-09:
You might also want to check with the county bar association where you live and see if you can file an ethics charge against them.

An interesting little article from the great state of Texas about these guys:

http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/other/04/14/0414taxsuit.html
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Waiting For Settlement Payment
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I was amazed at the number of people who also got taken by JK HARRIS. My own nightmare began on July-2001. Well after 154,677 client notes, which they sent me copies of dating from 08/16/2002 to 10/28/2004 I had enough. Lo and behold I received a class action settlement notice. By this time I had already paid my back taxes with the IRS. $85.00 a month from March 2003 to 2006. IRS also kept every years tax return. I negotiated my own settlement with the IRS. Thank God that is over. Well the settlement is fine except we will not see any money until Sept. 2011. That is when the "fund" has reached 6-million.

What a farce. Some of us will be dead by then. I paid JK HARRIS 2,000.00 and I want it BACK.
     
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Justusryan on 2009-01-13:
Admittedly, I'm not very up on tax laws or anything accounting-related. But how is it that people don't pay their taxes? Why are there so many commercials on television with people that so-called "setteled their tax debt" with an attorney's help. When did taxes become a negotiable?
Anonymous on 2009-01-13:
The past due taxes became negotiable because the amounts due in tax debt (penalties, fees and interest) are so highly inflated. The IRS targets small businesses and individuals with high debt amounts because it is easier pickings than going after corporations having legions of tax lawyers. As a result, the scum at the IRS is willing to 'settle' for about 1/3 of the demanded amount. See, it IS possible to get blood out of a turnip.
saj80 on 2009-01-13:
But Doc, if these people paid their taxes on time like the majority of us, there wouldn't be any penalties, fees, and interest. Complaining about penalties, fees, and interest due the IRS is just as bad as complaining about overdraft fees at a bank; don't put yourself in this situation.
Anonymous on 2009-01-13:
saj80 - The reality of the situation is that few of the IRS claims arise from failure to pay on time. Most IRS claims arise from disputes over the owed amount. The IRS has virtually the final say in such cases. Sometimes, the 'error' or 'short payment' isn't found at the time of filing, but the penalties and interest start accumulating on day one. The tax code is so complex even the jokers at the IRS doesn't understand it...but they get the final say on what is owed.
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Beware of JK Harris!
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JK Harris "promises" to help you with the IRS. Like a fool, I believed this and after having spent over $5000 for their services, they totally dropped the ball and ignored my calls for information, stating that they had other clients who also needed attention, and that they were short on personnel. They will call you 2-3 times a day before you send them the check to show that they care, but once they get paid.... your on your own!!!!!!!!!! Also they have many different people and departments and locations, and are constantly switching you around and keeping you in a state of confusion as nobody seems to know what is going on, and your eventual caseworker is always "unexpectedly" out of the office.Your caseworker never has a direct line---you always have to leave a message with voice mail as they are never in the office. The only ones who are ever around are the ones in the office who advise you where to send your check for initial payment. Vince (agent in Deerfield Beach) had such great ideas before payment was made, but like a friggin weasel, never answered any call once payment was received.

I almost lost my wages and had an impending levy that JK Harris ignored. The only way that I was able to circumvent the levy was to go to the nearest IRS regional office at the last minute and speak personally to the agent himself. Fortunately he was understanding and agreed to help me. He advised that JK Harris "ADVERTISES IN A DECEPTIVE FASHION AND IS ONLY DOING WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF BY SIMPLY STUDYING THE IRS OFFER IN COMPROMISE WORKSHEET."

The company also charges about 6 times what other companies charge to do the same work.Yet despite this extra fee, they are the worst imaginable. I was finally able to get this mess straightened out by doing my own homework. REMEMBER THAT NO-ONE HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN YOUR WELL-BEING OTHER THAN YOURSELF.Please save yourself a lot of money and grief and either do this yourself(only takes a few hours of your time) or get another company to do it for you.Whether you know it or not, how much you owe in the final analysis depends upon your income and allowable expenses for the next 48 months as well as your assets. JK Harris can not do a darn thing to change this. They only take your info and use it to fill out the forms that the IRS gives them.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: REMEMBER, IF THIS WERE SO DIFFICULT, THEN WHY ARE THERE SO MANY COMPANIES THAT OFFER TO DO THIS FOR AS LITTLE AS $500. Good luck to you and may God bless. Hope this helps...

REMEMBER... JK HARRIS IS A SCAM. PLEASE DO NOT FALL INTO THIS TRAP!!!!!!!!
     
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FoggyOne on 2007-10-30:
JKHarris and like companies are scum companies who prey on people who owe the IRS money and don't have a clue how to work with the IRS. I think people are inherently afraid of the IRS but when you deal one-on-one they are just people and if you explain your case they can help you - it may not be the answer you want but they will help clear up problems. And the IRS is the first place you should contact if you owe money for whatever reason to find out if the charge is right, what to do, etc. I feel bad you've lost so much money to the scum-suckers but maybe you can use part of the loss as 'tax consultation' - maybe, I don't know but try to get some benefit out of the experience.
Anonymous on 2007-10-30:
The IRS will work with you on repayment plans etc.
This is not the 'old' IRS.
Good luck.
<;O)
Anonymous on 2007-10-30:
I think this is really great advice duped, I am sorry you got ripped trying to do the right thing and settle up with the IRS. You were smart to go and deal with the IRS directly, I hope it all works out for you.
jbaker on 2007-11-01:
Duped,

Ensuring excellent customer service is our goal. We would like to assist in resolving your issues, however, without your name, social security number, or more details about your case, we are unable to look you up in our client records. If you would be willing to send us more information, we can look further into your case and see what can be done to get your issues resolved. Please email us directly at clientmessages@jkharris.com.

We would like to help!
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JK Harris fighting back against the lawsuit?
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I sent this to Plaza Associates PO Box 18008 in Hauppauge NY after receiving fraudulent collection notices. Looking at the back of the letter, I find it interesting that the follow disclaimer states, "This letter is for information purposes only. The letter is not a demand for payment or an attempt to collect, assess, or recover a claim against you that arose before the commencement of your case.
HA!



To whom it may concern,

Regarding your separate letters to me and to my husband John dated May 27, 2007, regarding case XXXXXXXX, which states that we EACH, apparently, owe $2,869.62
SOMEONE is attempting to perpetuate a fraud. That JK Harris might try it is not a surprise, but I certainly hope your company is not.
First of all, that my husband and I received SEPARATE letters would imply that we owe $5,700+ dollars.
On our JK Harris contract dated 11/22/02, the contract total is $2995.00 We made an initial payment os $200. and direct installments of $300 each month from December 2002 through August of 2003.

At the risk of sounding infuriated, I am Emailing you to inform you that not only do I not owe a dime to JK Harris, but that they have NEVER voluntarily contacted us since the DAY WE SIGNED OUR CONTRACT in 2002. I am endlessly amused at these letters since I filed a letter of intent with my lawyer to sue JK Harris for fraud.

We spent hours on the phone with JK Harris in 2002 and 2003, being transferred from one incompetent person to the next. Only after contacting JK Harris when the IRS was attaching our wages IN 2005 did we give up in absolute disgust. The IRS notified us that, in fact, JK Harris was a fraudulent business. We then worked with the IRS....
OURSELVES.
And found that in a 15 minute phone call with the IRS we were easily able to come to a satisfactory agreement.
After almost 3 years, JK Harris did not do one thing to assist us.

My intent to enter into this lawsuit against JK Harris was filed on April 20, 2007. I find the timing of this sudden accusation for a "past due balance" suspicious. If you want to pursue this nonsense past this point, contact my lawyer.

My husband John died on March 30, 2007.

Kathryn T. XXXX

Cc: Better Business Bureau, Inc.
(Columbia, SC)
2330 Divine St.
Columbia, SC 29205
Phone: (803)254-2525
Fax: (803)779-3117
Email: info@columbia.bbb.org
Web: http://www.columbia.bbb.org/

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Noneill on 2007-06-04:
I am confused. Did you or did you not owe any money? And if so to whom?
imLatas on 2007-06-04:
JK Harris apparently believes we owe them money. We do not. They turned the account over to a collection agency, the timing of which I find suspicious, since I have enetered into a lawsuit against JK Harris. They (the collection agency,) sent two separate letters, therefore attempting to collect double the contract amount that we PAID JK Harris in 2003. Regardless of if this is from JK Harris' fraudulent claim or on the part of an unscrupulous collection agency remains to be seen.
We owe JK Harris nothing. JK Harris did nothing for us. We settled on our own with the surprisingly nice and understanding people at the IRS all by our little selves (we should have paid OURSELVES $3,000, or just handed over the $3,000 to the IRS. We did all the work in the end!), and my husband recently died.
I'm disgusted with the entire system.
clbl99 on 2007-07-31:
My senior parents have been fighting with them for 6 years now, on something JK Harris said they would handle in less than one year. Now IRS had stated they will deduct 15 percent from their Social Security checks. That a lot for senior that don't get much to start with. Every few weeks they get a new agent. Every 3 months my parents have to send this huge pile of paperwork on expenses etc, FedEx to JK Harris, of course then they get someone new and have to start all over again. This is truly a shame. I don't know how to help them!
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JK Harris & Associates are TOTALLY WORTHLESS
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I hired JK Harris and Associates about 4 years ago to negotiate an offer and Compromise with the IRS. They charged me almost $7000 and said it was going to take a long time.....could be up to 10 months they said.

Well its been 4 years. I'm just now finishing the negotiations with the IRS and JK Harris is nowhere to be found. They did nothing but fill out a form with the information I provided.
My IRS contact said she has never heard from JK Harris and Associates. The IRS give me a settlement of $78,000. I freaked out! When calling JK Harris they told me that there was nothing they could do....that the IRS offer is what it is.

Well that's just not true. I finally stepped in and did my own negotiations and I reduced the $78,000 by $31,000 to $47,000. JK Harris and Associates were supposed to see this IRS ordeal to finish. But they are nowhere to be found. No calls, No updates (how could they.....they aren't involved).

JK Harris and Associates are WORTHLESS!!!! It would be better to go to the Taxpayer Advocacy group provided by the IRS to work on your behalf. DON'T GIVE JK HARRIS and ASSOCIATES your money. Burn it first.....it'll make you feel better in the long run.

Kim
Albuquerque
     
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Anonymous on 2006-04-04:
I'm sorry about your tax troubles, but glad you love Stevie Ray Vaughan and the blues!
dsmith68 on 2006-04-04:
Did you actually owe 78k? Personally, I do not think the IRS should be allowed to negotiate. If you owe it, you should pay it.
Sparticus on 2006-04-05:
I agree. This is why my taxes keep going up!
Ponie on 2006-04-05:
I think this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. A 'worthless' tax evader calling JK Harris worthless! You had the income for which the IRS would settle at $78,000, but you dragged this out for four years? Wow! And all this while, I've been so blastedly honest by sending in my return by 4/15 each year. Think I'll turn crooked to see if I can get my taxes reduced too. I hope you decide to pay the $31,000 you actually owe. How can you look at yourself in the mirror each morning?
Ponie on 2006-04-05:
P.S. I'm glad JK Harris took you for almost $7,000. You deserve it. Now know how those of us who pay our taxes honestly each year feel about what you're doing to us--and without a kiss!
Trumaster on 2006-12-26:
I agree with Kim, JK Harris is worthless. They don't answer your questions they never contact the IRS all they did was take my money. They are nothing but CROOKS.
daddio on 2007-10-04:
Ponie
Seek help! You really need it!
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