JK Harris & Co., LLC is a firm that claims to represent those of us who have made mistakes in life and have a problem with the Internal Revenue Service. I was one of them. I paid JK Harris & Co., LLC $2500.00 in September of 2001 to settle with the IRS for pennies on the dollar as they claimed. I owed $10,000.00 at the time. Once the money was paid I never heard from them.
When I would call, at my wife's behest, I would receive the canned answer that they were working on the problem and that they had been in contact with the IRS. When I would receive letters from the IRS I would call JK Harris & Co. and they would have me fax the letters over and told me that they would respond on my behalf. Great! Not so great!
In February of 2004 I got suspicious and I called my "Case Worker" I said that I wanted to call the IRS and let them know who was representing me and to see where they were at with my case. I was told NOT to contact the IRS that they had already done so and my contacting them would only complicate the matter. I asked for a record of all correspondence that they initiated on my behalf. I was told this would take several weeks. I asked if they could just tell me over the phone and I got the answer that gave me this incredible sinking feeling. SHE DID NOT HAVE MY FILE IN FRONT OF HER.
I knew then I was in deep trouble. I never received the records and I kept after them for months. In June of 2004 I received a letter from the HR person at work letting me know that the IRS had put a garnishment on my paycheck. I am the only provider of income for a family of three. This was devastating and embarrassing to me. I contacted JK Harris and they told me that it would take 4 weeks to get the garnishment released and could not tell me why this happened. I had had enough.
I went to the IRS as soon as I hung up the phone, talked to someone there explaining the situation and they released the garnishment at that moment and gave me 90 days to pay the debt. Thankfully we were able to refinance our house, take some money out and pay off the debt. When I went to the IRS office to pay them I asked if they had any correspondence from JK Harris. They looked at my history and told me that they never received any correspondence and that is why they garnished my wages. I asked for my money back from JK Harris and was told they worked on my case so they would not give me a full refund. I took them to Small Claims Court and I won. NOW THEY WON'T PAY ME!.
I am filing all of the necessary court documents to get them to pay. I will file under the Fair Debt Collections Act. I am going on TV in the next week for the local Investigative Reporter. I have contacted the Attorney General. I will work tirelessly to get them kicked out of California. I am thinking about gathering the Investigative Reporter together and making an appointment with the "JK Harris Tax Specialist" as if I were a new customer, then let this person know how I feel and so on. Then have a few friends and maybe victims picket outside their office with the camera rolling. I'll have to check with my Attorney first. My Attorney is also chomping at the bit to get this case for himself, but I'm having too much fun and he's expensive. Updates to follow.