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The Tax Defenders is led by retired Marine Captain Joe Hanley. For over 20 years, he has led the fight for the Tax Defenders’ clients against the IRS mainintaining a BBB A+ rating and 4.8 (out of 5) rating with Google.

Four Reasons I write the way I do

Reason #1

Yes, I had a tax problem. Back in the late 1990’s.

I didn’t understand how withholdings worked. It took me four years and many broken promises to fix. It was a hard chapter.

In the “Spirit of the business” sense, this is the most important drive in my writing. I get the doubts, stress and emotions. We’ll do our very best to be helpful because I’ve truly been there.

Reason #2

I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987 to 1992.

The Marines taught me straight-talk and to face my fears. It’s why I’m no nonsense about this tax work. You also can count on me to give you the “scary stuff” upfront because that’s sometimes needed to move forward.

Reason #3

Suburban Dad. That is not a “like me, I’m normal” thing. It means I know families…kids…are impacted by tax problems.

I, and this whole team, take that very seriously.

Reason #4

I’m a Notre Dame Law School graduate (1995) and started The Tax Defenders 20 years ago.

So I know the territory and, thought not perfect, have focused on delivering effective help to tax problem clients since 2002.

So that’s me. Feel free to message me. Of course, the web is full of email-stealing bots so please use our contact form if you’d like to connect.

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What will happen during my free consultation?

1

Share the details of your tax problem with a licensed tax professional.

Your tax professional will give you their undivided attention as you explain the unique circumstances of your situation. Their job is to listen to you and to answer any concerns you may have.

2

Get an honest assessment of your situation

Your tax professional will share with you possibliies for relief – whether you choose to take the next step or not. The next step usually involves contacting the IRS on your behalf to verify information you have provided and confirm your qualification in relief programs.

3

Get an honest assessment of your situation

Our tax professionals will assess your options for reaching a favorable solution to your tax problem. We may even be able to help you resolve your issue for free.

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Key Questions When Selecting a Tax Relief Company

Many tax relief firms “gloss over” very important details that you need to consider. Make sure you ask the right questions.

How much is this going to cost me?

Obviously, cost is a primary concern and most people are looking for the best deal. The initial consultation and review of your case is always free. If we determine that your situation requires professional help, we will give you a comprehensive quote. You will always be advised of the total cost upfront. There are no hidden charges or add-ons.

Some people want to know “how much” before they will go any further with discussing their tax problem. Some tax firms prey on these individuals by quoting an upfront fee of between $599 and $2,500. Of course this is not an indication of the total cost and is usually followed with ongoing fees that can total thousands of dollars.

What makes Precision Tax the most affordable tax relief company?

At Precision we are committed to the highest level of transparency when it comes to cost. Many firms charge one upfront fee and then later add ongoing fees that can total thousands of dollars more.

Instead, we provide a clear, upfront flat rate quote according to the services necessary to resolve your case. You’ll know the true costs upfront. We protect you further with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and a Service Guarantee.

In addition, we understand that our clients are experiencing a tax crisis so we expect to work with them to make resolving it affordable. We tailor our no interest payment plans according to the needs of the client and never require that the fee be paid in advance.

How do Tax Relief Companies usually charge for their services?

There are 4 primary methods, and you need to understand the difference, as many companies’ methods are not transparent and often very misleading.

Flat Fees – All-Inclusive: A flat fee that includes all required services to complete your case is the most reliable way to immediately know the full cost of your case before committing to work with any tax relief company. It also assures that you are working with a company that has professionals on staff that can handle all services associated with your case.

Flat fees – Non-Inclusive: Many firms will quote a low fee, but downplay or outright neglect to tell you that they don’t provide some critical services. Ask if your “flat” fee covers all of the services required to resolve you tax issue. Bookkeeping, audit representation and filing your back tax returns are common services that some tax relief companies exclude. Failure to include these services can cause delays and unexpected costs to your case, not to mention the inconvenience of having to find additional professionals to get the work done.

Teaser Fees: Some tax relief firms take advantage of price shoppers by selling them on what appears to be a reasonable upfront “investigation fee,” but then follow up days or weeks into the process to inform them that the remainder of the case is going to be additional $$$$.

Ongoing Fees: Other companies just bill you by the hour, which is by nature a conflict of interest leading to unpredictable, ever growing costs and slow progress of your case.

Why does it matter how long they have been in business?

The time a tax relief company has been in business is important because it is a way to measure their credibility and experience. Tax resolution is a specialized professional service that requires understanding of a dedicated part of tax law and procedures. Companies that can demonstrate an extended track record of strong client service and results can truly be considered credible sources of tax resolution services.

We’ve been in the tax business since 1967 and our in-house staff includes tax professionals averaging 20 years of experience as Enrolled Agents, CPAs and as an attorney.

Experience matters because tax resolution is a specialized professional service. It requires understanding of a dedicated part of tax law and procedures.

Will I really be working with a tax attorney, or just a tax specialist?

Yes. We are proud to have Larry Nagy on our team, one of the top legal experts for clients facing tax issues. Larry is an experienced attorney with an outstanding track record of success representing clients.

All cases are assigned to licensed tax professionals. We only employ Attorneys, CPAs and Enrolled Agents (EA’s) to manage your case. We also maintain a dedicated staff of licensed tax accountants who specialize in preparing current and back tax returns.

Most firms claim to have Tax Attorney’s available to represent clients with tax problems. If you ask, you may find that they don’t have attorneys on staff at all. Some even use the excuse that they have experienced “temporary staffing variances.” Others technically have attorneys, but won’t tell you that these individuals often are right out of law school, have not passed any state bar exams and have little or no practical experience dealing with tax resolution.

Be sure to ask if all attorneys on staff have passed a state bar and how much tax resolution experience they have.

Does company size matter?

Yes. Tax relief firms come in all sizes, some with hundreds of employees and others as simple as a single practitioner. Each will tell you why they are positioned better to resolve your tax problem.

However, the large companies will avoid disclosing information about the impact to fees associated with huge operational and advertising costs, as well as the lack of individual attention to clients resulting from the pure volume of cases managed by each employee.

At the other end of the spectrum, very small firms may be generalized law firms or tax practices that lack the specialized expertise required to effectively resolve tax problems.

Can I rely on the other comparison websites to identify the "best" tax relief companies?

Sometimes. Many comparison sites that do exist are fee based advertising sites. Although many of them have an objective component to rating the companies, the top rated companies have paid a fee to be listed as the “Editor’s Pick” or the “Gold Seal Winner.”

Other companies listed on these sites, but that have not paid a fee, are often rated down due to subjective assessment from the editor.

Our approach uses only objective and verifiable data from the companies’ own websites, and other public sources.

Can I trust the Better Business Bureau, Google Reviews and TrustPilot?

Absolutely, these are the most reputable online consumer review sites, and only individuals who have actually used that company’s service can provide a review. Many of the top tax relief companies are listed here.

However, don’t stop there…there are many open resources that can provide insight into whether a company has had a just a few mishaps, or a more extensive pattern of customer satisfaction issues.

How can I be certain that the tax relief company I select can resolve my tax problem?

A reputable tax relief company will have done a good job of assessing your situation before you ever spend a penny. If they do, then the tax relief company should have no problem backing their services with a guarantee.

Our approach starts with a complete and free assessment of your case so that we are able to determine what can be done. If your situation requires professional assistance, then we will offer to take on your case. We guarantee our services and will not take on a case that we cannot resolve.

Our ability to accurately assess our client’s situation and pursue the resolution that is applicable to them is a primary reason for our success.

Avoid companies that want to charge you before they investigate your situation or won’t provide you with a contract or guarantee that outlines the total fee or scope of services.

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