There are many reputable tax relief organizations that work hard to provide overstretched American taxpayers with actionable solutions to their back tax problems. Top Tax Defenders is proud to be one of the country's most effective, transparent tax relief organizations. For more information about our past and present successes, please review our Tax Resolution Success Rate page.
Tax Relief Scams Abound
Unfortunately, not all so-called tax resolution companies adhere to the same rigorous standards. Some are downright unscrupulous. Now that the Internet makes it easy for scammers and criminals to paint themselves as reputable, aboveboard organizations, it is more important than ever for consumers to learn how to spot a tax relief scam. While we understand the urgent need for struggling taxpayers to find relief from their financial problems, we strongly encourage our readers to take the time to evaluate any offers of assistance from new or unproven outfits.
Common Attributes of Tax Scams
While it is crucial for taxpayers to learn how to spot tax resolution companies that make outlandish promises or simply fail to perform agreed-upon services, more aggressive tax scams are common as well. In the recent past, taxpayers have received calls from individuals who pose as IRS officials and ask for highly personal information like Social Security numbers, bank account passwords and credit card numbers. Some threaten their targets with immediate financial penalties like wage garnishments, bank account freezes and forced tax levies.
Many of these calls originate from foreign call centers that use VOIP technology to route calls through U.S.-based telephone numbers. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for callers who refuse to identify their roles or who seem to be using aliases. Additionally, taxpayers should understand that the IRS does not attempt to collect back taxes from individuals who are in the process of negotiating tax settlements with the agency. If you are currently working with TTD to resolve your tax problems, you should not be receiving calls from the IRS's collections department.
If you receive a suspicious phone call from someone who purports to work for the IRS or navigate to a tax relief website that does not seem to be aboveboard, refrain from giving out any personal information or answering any invasive questions. The IRS never asks for sensitive data like PINs or passwords.
While it might be easy to recognize aggressive tax scams like these, it is harder to spot tax resolution firms that can't make good on their promises. Businesses that work with industry experts and former tax collection professionals tend to produce better results than firms that lack experienced staffs. Also, look for confirmation of past success and transparency.
Put Your Trust in a Proven Partner
At TTD, we are proud to provide real tax relief services to a wide variety of individual taxpayers and business owners. To learn more about our services and schedule a consultation with a tax relief professional, please call us at 1-866-866-1555 or complete our on-site contact form.