I, too, have been conned by the infamous JK Harris Legalized theft firm. My wife and I enlisted this so called professional tax firm's help after believing one of their tv ads. We called the toll free number listed on their ad back in August of 2005 and was told to meet with a Mr. Roger Radcliffe at the local office in Birmingham, Alabama for a consultation.
We kept the consultation but Roger Radcliffe was not their. His sales manager by the name of Jim filled in for him and this man was 35 minutes late for the meeting and another 20 minutes getting his arsenal of sales tactics together before allowing us in.
We explained to him we were $15,000 behind in tax debts due to penalties and interest IRS tacked onto the original tax debt. We also explained to him and showed him a tax lien letter that had been placed on us. He said not to worry, they would get the lien removed immediately (he later denied saying this), and get us an OIC guaranteed. He did not explain anything we were asked to sign, after giving him $1500 up front. Mind you I live on disability income and my wife works part time.
We were to pay a balance of $2000 at monthly ACH Debits from our bank at $200 per month. We were giving a courtesy call from them welcoming me as a client and verifying the bank account number. They were very interested in this to get their money. This should have warned me.
I paid them another $1200 at $200 a month for the next six months bringing the total I paid them to $2700, money I did not have and I needed. They gave me a mountain of forms to fill out and return to the Birmingham, Al. office in one weeks time.
I did this.
I did not hear from them again for a few weeks and this was from a person that was to be my case worker. I sent every form they required, every document they required, which took weeks, and finally I heard from a person that sent me an offer to forward to the IRS. Naturally the IRS turned down the low offer and this offer was not resubmitted as the JK Harris contract states that another offer would be submitted. This firm did not resubmit an offer.The only thing they did was to get the IRS to submit to me a payment plan, which was not what I was sold on at the initial meeting. I could get a payment plan on my own without the "professional's" help. For this I had paid $2700 to date. I was told by the case worker that this was the best they could do.
This went on until January, 2006 at which time I stopped all payments to them, sent an e-mail to them, firing them. I told them of my disgust. I contacted the taxpayer advocate office and this office was able to work out a resolution with IRS in 2 weeks and it cost me $0. Harris had been paid $2700 by me for getting nothing done.
I filed a consumer complaint with the SC OCA, the SC BBB, the FTC, the Al. BBB, the Al. Attorney General. After weeks of them submitting the forms I had been presented and signed to hire them to the BBB and OCA and me rebutting each response of theirs with proof positive of their misrepresntation and lying to us, the case went as closed with no resolution. It seems the JK Harris legal department, which answered each of my complaints and rebuttals, knows how to handle the SC OCA and the SC BBB, you know since they are in their own back yard.
I even offered to settle this for a 30 percent refund of monies paid and they refused this.
They ripped me off and did not get me any resolution with the IRS. I did this on my own with the help of the TAO. You always hear the Federal Government asking consumers to help get rid of these rip off artist and when you do give them a legitimate complaint for one of these artists, it seems that they switch gears and directions.
I would suggest to anyone as others have posted, when you hear the name JK Harris, to RUN, RUN, RUN and say nothing good about this legalized scam company. They will take your money, do nothing, and leave you to face the wrath alone.
I also see an employee rebuttal to a lot of the Harris Post complaints saying We'd like to help you sent by Josh at email@example.com.
This is also a joke for I first contacted firstname.lastname@example.org and all I heard was we will look into this with no resolution. I am in the process of turning my story over to a local media and any others who would be interested in this rip-off at the way that I and many others have been treated by this pitiful company. It is a slap in the face of free enterprise to allow a company to rip off consumers and continue to operate with a free hand in the United States.
PLEASANT GROVE, Alabama