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Beware Of The Great Pretenders Regardless   of   who   you   may   use   for   tax   representation,   it   is   important   to   be   aware   of   the   so-called   Atax   relief@   organizations   which make    promises    they    simply    cannot    keep    or    have    no    intention    of    keeping.        There    are    some    reputable    organizations,    but, unfortunately,   the   vast   majority   are   run   by   con   artists   or   swindlers.      Many   of   the   principals   involved   have   criminal   records,   or   have been   previously   involved   in   telecommunication   schemes,   credit   repair   agencies,   or   similar   dubious   businesses.      Most   of   their operating budget is spent on enticing new victims, not on effectively representing your interests.   If   you   are   inclined   to   hire   one   of   these   tax   relief   organizations,   or   anyone   for   that   matter,   it   is   always   wise   to   use   a   minimum   of   due diligence.      For   example,   you   could   contact   the   local   Better   Business   Bureau,   Chamber   of   Commerce,   State   Attorney   General,   or   other monitoring    organizations    to    see    if    there    are    outstanding    complaints.        Also,    Google    the    name.        Most    of    the    larger    tax    relief organizations   which   are   not   legitimate   have   websites   devoted   solely   to   complaints   against   them.      We   have   first-hand   knowledge about the problems associated with these organizations since we represent many of their disgruntled clients.   You   should   have   a   higher   degree   of   confidence   if   you   are   dealing   with   a   licensed   tax   attorney,   certificate   public   accountant,   or enrolled   agent.      If   you   have   problems   with   a   tax   attorney   or   certified   public   accountants,   there   are   state   oversight   boards   or governmental   agencies   that   handle   complaints   and   investigate   grievances.      Most   states   or   boards   also   have   mediation   services.     Even these credentials do not necessarily mean the person is competent, however.  Prior   to   the   late   1990s,   the   tax   representation   field   was   a   niche   area   handled   only   by   a   few   tax   attorneys   and   certified   public accountants.      Since   then,   it   has   grown   exponentially   and,   unfortunately,   many   of   the   practitioners   do   not   have   the   necessary background   or   experience   to   effectively   handle   your   tax   problem.      Even   if   someone   has   been   a   tax   attorney   or   certified   public accountant   for   years,   a   good   question   is   still   “How   many   years   have   you   specialized   in   the   tax   controversy   area?”   or   “How   many years have you been admitted to the United States Tax Court?  These are better indicators of experience you may need.
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Johnson and Johnson, P.A. 8810 Goodbys Executive Dr. Suite A Jacksonville, FL. 32217 Phone: 904.737.5930 Fax: 904.737.5966
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Beware Of The Great Pretenders Regardless       of       who       you       may       use       for       tax representation,   it   is   important   to   be   aware   of   the   so- called      Atax      relief@      organizations      which      make promises     they     simply     cannot     keep     or     have     no intention    of    keeping.        There    are    some    reputable organizations,    but,    unfortunately,    the    vast    majority are    run    by    con    artists    or    swindlers.        Many    of    the principals    involved    have    criminal    records,    or    have been      previously      involved      in      telecommunication schemes,    credit    repair    agencies,    or    similar    dubious businesses.      Most   of   their   operating   budget   is   spent on      enticing      new      victims,      not      on      effectively representing your interests.   If    you    are    inclined    to    hire    one    of    these    tax    relief organizations,   or   anyone   for   that   matter,   it   is   always wise   to   use   a   minimum   of   due   diligence.      For   example, you   could   contact   the   local   Better   Business   Bureau, Chamber    of    Commerce,    State    Attorney    General,    or other    monitoring    organizations    to    see    if    there    are outstanding   complaints.      Also,   Google   the   name.      Most of   the   larger   tax   relief   organizations   which   are   not legitimate   have   websites   devoted   solely   to   complaints against   them.      We   have   first-hand   knowledge   about the    problems    associated    with    these    organizations since we represent many of their disgruntled clients.   You   should   have   a   higher   degree   of   confidence   if   you are   dealing   with   a   licensed   tax   attorney,   certificate public    accountant,    or    enrolled    agent.        If    you    have problems    with    a    tax    attorney    or    certified    public accountants,    there    are    state    oversight    boards    or governmental    agencies    that    handle    complaints    and investigate    grievances.        Most    states    or    boards    also have   mediation   services.      Even   these   credentials   do not     necessarily     mean     the     person     is     competent, however.  Prior   to   the   late   1990s,   the   tax   representation   field was   a   niche   area   handled   only   by   a   few   tax   attorneys and   certified   public   accountants.      Since   then,   it   has grown   exponentially   and,   unfortunately,   many   of   the practitioners   do   not   have   the   necessary   background or   experience   to   effectively   handle   your   tax   problem.     Even   if   someone   has   been   a   tax   attorney   or   certified public   accountant   for   years,   a   good   question   is   still “How    many    years    have    you    specialized    in    the    tax controversy    area?”    or    “How    many    years    have    you been   admitted   to   the   United   States   Tax   Court?      These are better indicators of experience you may need.