ED Magedson – Founder
Incline Group New Century Tax, Mike MacKenzy, Don Mire MacKenzy,75 Manhattan Drive Boulder, Colorado United States of America
January 04, 2011
I am writing this report to possibly save another individual(s) from going through this most horrible experience. I am an honorably discharged service member (United States Navy), currently an Airline Captain with a Major Airline.
The most unfortunate relationship with "Mr. Mike McKenzy" (alias, AKA, MacKenzy Mire, Don Mire, MacKenzy, and MacKenzy Mire) and "New Century Tax," the "Incline Group New Century Tax", the "Incline Group", "New Century Consulting," etc., was a result of a failure on my part. Due to a series of poor home situations (divorce, break ups, etc.) although performing well in my professional capacity, as an airline pilot, my recent home life (12 years) has been disaster after disaster.
The circumstance was that I had not "filed" 8 years of 1040's with the IRS. I had paid a healthy $350.0K in total taxes during those years thru normal W-2 Federal Income Tax withholdings, FICA, CA SDI, etc. Matter of fact, had I filed, each of the years, I would have received a handsome REFUND.
The IRS called me directly on July 01, 2010. The Revenue Officer, was polite, and amicable. She stated that she needed me to file the 8 delinquent 1040's either by preparing them myself, or having a tax professional, CPA, etc. prepare them. She gave me a deadline of August 16th to have the returns filed. (6 weeks). She stipulated that had I not, that she would levy my accounts. I expressed to her that I believed that I did not "OWE" for any of those years, and that I would hire someone to prepare the returns and get them to her office.
This began a series of dreadful interactions with many of the Tax Preparation Tax Resolution firms. Each worst than the next. "The Tax Care Professionals," "Titan Tax Relief," "Tax Masters," and finally "NEW CENTURY TAX." Each has a similar "M.O." They sell their "pitch" with a high pressure initial unsolicited telephone call, telling you how dire your situation is. Then, they take your credit card, debit card information, and inform you of a total complete "FEE" to resolve your case. If you are not in a position to pay the entire amount, they will make a "payment arrangement," in which they can directly debit your account/card.
I had paid, the other firms, however, each failed to even collect the information that, even I as a Pilot knew needed to be collected to prepare the 1040's. As July drew to a close, I was extremely nervous/anxious that now the 3rd firm I had hired "Tax Masters," didn't even know who I was when I called to get a status check/update. This is when I accepted the solicitation from New Century Tax. Unfortunately I returned their call. (A woman had been calling my cellular telephone two to three times a day).
After an "initial consultation" they told me that they could assist, where Tax Masters had utterly failed. I expressed the urgency of the matter as far as time was concerned. They had 3 weeks to prepare the 8 returns. They assigned my case to a "Mr. Steve Merica." He took various information (8 W-2's) and a comprehensive in depth detailed e-mail where I provided him pertinent data. (Mainly Write-off's and deductions for the years). As the date drew upon us, much to my horror, (one week before August 16th), Steve stopped all communique with me! I called numerous times, and left many e-mails expressing my concerns. No call was ever returned. The date (August 16, came and went). As of September 1st, the IRS did not levy me. I continued to fly my schedule. Steve contacted me, and told me that he was in contact with the Revenue Officer assigned to my case. I felt a bit of relief. However, on September 16, 2010, I received a total and complete 100% levy, of payroll account, Savings, account, and Checking accounts. Totally and utterly wiped out!
Upon my calling New Century Tax, leaving voice messages to Mr. Merica, there was the familiar no response. I was utterly wiped out financially. Not enough petrol to go to work, or get my secondary vehicle out of the shop!
When finally I received a returned call, I was informed that Mr. Merica, had, with no notice, left the firm! The man actually handling my case, had left the firm! Now a "Ms. Candice Gordon" had the case and file. She was very personable, and extremely reassuring to me that she would call the RO (Revenue Officer), and have the levy released. She did her best to dispel my apprehension.
The following day, Ms. Gordon called me, telling me that the IRS was wrong to levy an individual 100%, and that she would get something done comprehensively. I was scheduled to fly a trip, but with the stress, and worry called in sick.
By early afternoon that day, I received a short e-mail from Ms. Gordon stating that she now was no longer on my case!! - Matter of fact, that she too was no longer in the employ of New Century Tax!!! Furthermore, she by LAW, was no longer able to discuss the case with me whatsoever! She stated though, that my case had been turned over to "Senior Tax Attorney" with the Firm, "Mr. Shawn Traudt" and I was in the best possible and most capable hands!
I was more than "concerned" than ever! I was down right appalled! Sitting at home, in an act of desperation, I went to the INTERNET. I found "yet another" Tax Preparation, Tax Advocacy firm. "Instant Tax Solutions" in Idaho. I must admit, an EXTREMELY professional, polite, concerned group. They took my call, and listened to the situation. They realized that I had no way of paying them with my every cent levied. Still they took the case. I fired New Century Tax, withdrew the Power of Attorney that they had been furnished with.
I spoke directly with their Principal/Owner. He stated that they were an extremely reputable company, that really were different that the myriad of deceptive, dishonest, incapable, unprofessional firms that we are bombarded with 24/7 on the television. Tax Masters, Ronnie Deutche, JK Harris, etc., etc. I did a little research with the BBB, as well as the Ripoff Report. I could not believe how many complaints, and unresolved issues each of these companies had.
Ronnie Deutche was involved with a multi-million dollar Federal class action suit. All seemingly were various SCAMS. Initially I found 3 Ripoff Reports on New Century Tax! They were all SPOT ON!
Instant Tax Solutions within :30 minutes got thru to the Revenue Officer assigned to my case. We had a 3 way phone conversation with the supervisor of the RO (who was not in her office for the long weekend). Within moments we had the levy "partially" lifted. It was explained to her that I had zero capital, no way to even drive to the airport, eat, buy groceries, etc. Then there was a 4 way telephone call to my payroll department, the IRS, Instant tax Solutions Enrolled Agent, and myself. Unfortunately, the second 100% levying of my payroll, checking and savings accounts had already occurred. I also found out that the IRS was supposed to issue a "668W" for to my employer/payroll. this would have allowed me to list myself as a deduction which would have allotted me $389.00 a week from my pay. This has never happened.
They worked diligently with me and the IRS. I furnished them via fax documentation to substantiate deductions, my pay stubs, credit union/bank statements, etc. They prepared the 8 returns, and got them to me, via fax, to sign, date and return. Due to my changing crew bases, and homes often, and records being in storage units, I did not have the physical mortgage interest statements from 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007, however, with the amended 1040's prepared by them, the tax liability went down from $59,000.00 to about $15,800.00. This was without the inclusion of the 4 years of rather substantial mortgage interest deductions. The reason was that two of the banks with which the mortgages were held, were no longer in business. The records had to be archived, then sent to me. With the inclusion of those I would not "OWE" anything!
On November 04, 2010, I received a call from "Mr. Mike McKenzy." He offered to REFUND in whole, or PART, what I had paid him/New Century Tax for the retainer. Furthermore, he told me that he would actually drive himself all the way to where I was staying (a fellow Captain's home) to give me the funds in cash. He said that he felt badly about IGNCT's falling down on my case, and wanted to make it all good.
I met Mr. McKenzy ("MacKenzy Mire") at the door, and much to my shock he handed me $500.00 in cash. He said, that he considered the payments which I had made, were "ESCROW," and, that he had a very comprehensive plan to easily have the situation resolved. He saw the business card that the RO had sent to me, and informed me that he personally knew her, and had worked with her in Port Saint Lucie, FL. He sat down at the dining room table and talked a very good "talk!"
He would have his best Attorney, "Mr. Shawn Traudt," personally working on my case, and that he had taken personal interest in my case, out of the thousands of BIG TIME multi million dollar, high profit cases that his firm was currently working on. He boasted that he paid his 3 Attorneys, including Mr. Traudt, $330,000.00 a year, and that they were the very best in their fields! He explained that my case "fell through the cracks," as his office went through a most unplanned restructuring. He had Consultants, Advocates, and other integral positions just walk out on his firm.
It sounded too good to be true! It was! In addition, he stated that he would have the case moved to Colorado, from Florida where my official home of record has been for the past 25 years since going thru Pensacola in the Navy. He would have the levies released, and have a manageable payment plan with the IRS before the Christmas holidays, until we were able to file amended returns, for the "SFR" (Substitute For Returns) that the IRS had prepared. Mr. Traudt stated that he would prepare the 1040's with a reasonable calculation of the deductible interest on the mortgage that I had paid.
None of this happened. Not one single thing! The only thing that happened was that he or someone from his office made a terrible agreement with the IRS. This was supposedly a PROFESSIONAL CPA, Tax Attorney, or Enrolled Agent mind you. He agreed on my behalf, to pay the IRS and intolerable monthly amount; ERRONEOUSLY using my "GROSS" monthly income, as my "NET" income! They proudly called me with news of this "Smoking Hot" interim DEAL! It was me, a Pilot, who found that they had predicated this "agreement" using my "GROSS" monthly Income, instead of what I "NET!" That would be like me running a jet airliner out of fuel half way across the Pacific due to my using litters instead of gallons of jet fuel, or not computing gallons into pounds of fuel, as we use in aviation.
I have found Don Mire, Don Mire MacKenzy, Mike McKenzy, or whatever his real name is, to be a fraud, incapable, a sensationalist, a liar, making lofty promises that he cannot even begin to keep. Almost everything he states is false. From his real name, being CEO of numerous "Multi-Million" dollar companies, owning a multi-million dollar restaurant in Miami named "El Carribe'" (supposedly next to Gloria Estefan's restaurant).
He has the ability to be very personable. In fact charming. (As do all confidence men, and Con Artist). I would not be surprised whatsoever if this Con-man hasn't attended NYU, graduated with a MBA, or if he does not have a criminal record. I am going to run his SSN, and DOB, to further investigate him.
This guy showed up to where I was staying, with a 20 year old woman. He introduced her as his "PA" (Personal Assistant), however, this young gal I later found was his girlfriend! I believe that she works for him or with him. Be careful for the name or alias... "Aurelia Estella Hinojosa." She may be a young understudy for this guy!
A paradox, and shame of this, is that it has been ongoing for the past 5-6 months! My life has been turned completely upside down! The only honest, reputable, professional, and capable, firm that I have encountered thru this trek is "Instant Tax Solutions." They have been the only people who have assisted in any way.
When Mike came to my home, I showed them the returns that I had signed and given back to ITS (Instant Tax Solutions), he took the prepared returns with him (for reference only) . New Century Tax, had their CPA, Tax Attorney, or whomever (Mr. Shawn Traudt), "RUBBER STAMP" the 1040's prepared by Instant Tax Solutions, somehow had to FORGE or make copies of my signature, add their CPA certification number, and sent the very same returns to the IRS. I would imagine that this is FRAUD, and Illegal. I believe that I, as the tax payer, would HAVE TO sign and date, the returns? I plan on sending this report to the State Attorney General, the Internal Revenue Service, Department Of Justice, Better Business Bureau, and RippOff Report. I have thousands of pages and files e-mail, as well as SMS Text saved.
All that I know, is that at all costs anyone finding themselves in need of a good CPA, or Tax Advocate, PLEASE steer a WIDE BERTH around The Incline Group New Century Tax, Mike MacKenzy, and all of his cronies!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/04/2011 12:33 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Incline-Group-New-Century-Tax-Mike-MacKenzy-Don-Mire-MacKenzy/Boulder-Colorado-80303/Incline-Group-New-Century-Tax-Mike-MacKenzy-Don-Mire-MacKenzy-Mike-MacKenzy-Don-Mire-678526. 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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