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I hired Tax Defense Network to handle my case of back taxes owed. About $60,000 including penalties.
It was explained to me that their attorneys would negotiate a resolution and assured me that I would be paying back a portion of what was due. (they would probably deny that they told me this because the person who originally handled my case apparently quit and it was given to another person who did not get a through "turn-over" on the specifics of my case. I ended up submitting paperwork all over again.
I was led to believe that their attorneys were working hard on my case and that all was going well and progress was being made. I have the emails to attest to this. (I had to insist on them updating me).
After about seven months, they contact me by phone to tell me that my case has come to a resolution and approved by the IRS. I was excited because finally - I thought - my tax problems will come to an end.
What really happened was that the IRS simply approved a four year repayment plan for all taxes due including penalties. During that four years I even have to pay interest until the back taxes are paid.
So there was no reduction in taxes or no waiving of penalties. I still owe the entire amount. The IRS letter even threatens that if I miss a payment or if the payment is not on time, I risk property seizure and/or garnishment.
None of this puts my mind at ease.
I paid tax Defense network up front over $4200 to handle my case.
The worst part is that I could have done this myself for $43.
"If you simply can't come up with the money to pay the taxes when due, you may be able to negotiate an installment payment plan with the IRS. Complete Form 9465, Installment Agreement Request, and attach it to the front of your income tax return. Include the amount you propose to pay each month and the day of the month you'd like to make your payments. The IRS will notify you if you're approved. There's a $43 fee for setting up the installment agreement, and you'll incur interest on the balance due."
I simply don't understand how people/business can do this sort of thing and have a clear conscience about it.
I can understand Tax Defense Network charging a reasonable fee to handle the paperwork for you and filing them in your behalf because you do not now who to do it or do not have time. but to charge someone over $4000 with the false hope that you tax problems are solved is a real shame.
My tax problem is still there. Again, what they did, I could have done for $43.
I was told that an attorney was handling my case. What did he do?
I wrote Tax Defense a letter explain much of what I wrote here and have not received a response.
I personally would like most of my hard earned money back.
I am less trusting today that I was yesterday.
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