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Roni Deutch Tax Scams Finally Come to the End

Posted by HB Duran, EA on July 1, 2011 at 7:36 PM

 

Excellent blog entry that sums it all up from Dennison Tax Law. (Source)

The “Tax Lady” of late night television fame, Roni Deutch, announced...that her tax resolution firm is bankrupt and will be shutting down. Deutch’s business declined sharply in recent months in light of a litany of criminal and ethical charges. The charges stem from complaints by angry clients that her firm charged them thousands of dollars and then did nothing to resolve their tax issues. According to former California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who brought the initial charges against Deutch, the firm collected money but only resolved about 10% of clients’ issues. Compounding the damage, as soon as charges were filed, Deutch’s firm began a massive document destruction project in an attempt to cover their tracks. Courts stepped in to bar any further obstruction of justice, but the most significant damage was to the clients she promised to help. There are hundreds of people out there promising tax resolution assistance, but there is a lot more to it than just collecting a fee.

 

The bankruptcy announcement coincides with Deutch’s surrendering of her California law license and return of fees collected since January 2011. The lawsuits against Deutch have called for her to return more then $34 million in fees to customers, but it remains to be seen whether those refunds will ever be made. In the mean time, former clients who still have outstanding issues with the IRS are encouraged to seek professional advice, as the IRS debts will not go away on their own.

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Although this is one company that was "busted" and shut down, rest assured Roni Deutch was FAR from the only one who engages in these practices. Always do your research on any tax resolution firm and never give Social Security Numbers or bank account information to a "tax firm" sales person without doing so first. If it sounds too good to be true, it IS!

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