- Report: #446939
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Complaint Review: Charles T. Almond's Tax Payer Clinic
Charles T. Almond's Tax Payer Clinic1770 Old Spring House Lane Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A.
Charles T. Almond's Tax Payer Clinic Took my $6,500 retainer and provided no representation Atlanta Georgia
*Consumer Comment: I spent 19 years working for the Better Business Bureau and I know hundreds of business owners. Charles T. Almond is one of the "good guys."
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Please read rebuttal.
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After Mr. Almond has received my $6,500 retainer it was very difficult to reach him on the phone and in fact I only spoke with him one time after he received the retainer. Under the Retainer Agreement Mr. Almond had only two responsibilities: (1) insulate me from further contact with the Internal Revenue Service; and (2) secure a settlement with the IRS incorporating my selecting plan of resolution. He did neither. In fact the last time I had any contact with Mr. Almond was on late August of 2007, after that Mr. Almond provided no further representation.
Subsequently, I received from the IRS Tax Examination Changes, Notices of Deficiency and additional Levies. I appealed the proposed income tax examination change and represented myself at a Collection Due Process Hearing (even though the IRS notified Charles Almond of the hearing as my authorized representative) on March 19, 2009. Mr. Almond never secured any settlement for me with the IRS and as of late March I finally was able to pay my entire tax bill which including penalties and interest was significantly higher than when I hired Charles T. Almond. The retainer I paid Charles Almond was $6,500 and as a result of his representation I saved nothing. In fact, due to his failure to provide any representation in securing a settlement I incurred higher penalty and interest charges on my tax liability.
I recently sent Mr. Almond a certified letter demanding the return of my retainer for failing to provide the representation he was contractually obligated to under the terms of the Retainer Agreement and received no response. If anyone reading this post is considering hiring Charles T. Almond to represent them in a tax matter I would strongly urge them to stay away. If you have had a similar experience with Charles T. Almond I would urge you to file a complaint with the State Bar of Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and the IRS Director of the Office of Professional Responsibility.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/27/2009 03:39 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Charles-T-Almonds-Tax-Payer-Clinic/Atlanta-Georgia-30338-6216/Charles-T-Almonds-Tax-Payer-Clinic-Took-my-6500-retainer-and-provided-no-representatio-446939. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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