I spoke with Nick Hartney one time via telephone where I described my situation and he stated he would be able to help me. Any further communication was via email and there were only several. Initially he asked me to fill out IRS Form 433a, which is a free form that can be downloaded at HYPERLINK "http://www.irs.gov" www.irs.gov. I filled this out and sent it along with 3 months of bank statements and a demographic for and the payment schedule via USPS (item # EI31 6411 191US) to Patriot Tax. The delivery record shows it as received 09/07/2012.
There were two deductions from my account ending in 4219, one on 08/06/2012 and the second on 09/06/2012, both in the amount of $666.00. The deadline set forth by the IRS for my response was 09/14/2012. By 09/20/2012 I had not heard anything from Nick and had called him several times and sent several emails with no response. At this time, in fear of the IRS and any action they might take, I decided to call them myself to see what progress had been made. The IRS stated they had no record of Nicholas Hartney speaking with them on my behalf. I sent an email to him after speaking with the IRS stating what they said. On the day of my conversation with the IRS I settled my account without any representation, which is the service I agreed to pay for. I did so 7 days past the IRS deadline as I was waiting to hear from Patriot Tax to no avail. I have requested an account summary from the IRS which I will fax as soon as it arrives which shows the timeline of my contacts with them and that I am the only one who has spoken with them.
After so much time without any response I concluded the charges made to my account and the promise of service by Nicholas Hartney and Patriot Tax Resolution were fraudulent. I went into the local branch to have my account numbers changed and the visa/debit card upon which the charges were drawn closed. The banker I saw opened new accounts for me and issued me a new card to prevent any more fraudulent transactions from taking place.
12 days later, on October 1, 2012, when the final charge of $666.00 was to be paid, I finally received an email from Nick. He stated, as you can read in the attached email, the he was dealing with a health concern. Unfortunately this was not congruent with the timeline we had agreed upon, as the deadline was 09/14/2012. Furthermore, he said he understands why I charged back the payments because of his lack of communication and not getting back to me sooner.
In conclusion, the services I agreed to pay for were never rendered however the charges were made to my account.
Nicholas Hartney composed a word document with his alleged work justifying having billed me over $1200, which would have been over $2000 had I not changed my account information. Any work he claims to have preformed was never communicated with me if he did it at all and furthermore was of zero relevance to what services I agreed to pay him for. Patriot Tax Resolution was in no part involved in any dealing with the IRS I had to resolve my tax concerns with them.
I believe it is the modus operandi of this company to take money from people who are already in a bad state for their benefit while not actually doing the work they promise to do. This is unethical and an abuse of privilege as IRS Enrolled Agents.