• Report: #753363

Complaint Review: Union Tax Consulting

  • Submitted: Fri, July 15, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, August 16, 2011

  • Reported By: Rob — Phoenix Arizona United States of America
Union Tax Consulting
1805 Hwy 42, 2nd Floor Louisville, Colorado United States of America

Union Tax Consulting Union Consulting, LLC; Incline Consulting; United Tax Services; New Century Consulting; Kalmia Avenue Tax Prep; Paramount Consulting Union Tax Consulting cold-called me after a tax lien had been filed Louisville, Colorado

*Consumer Comment: Union Consulting - Incline Financial, Tax Scam, Mire Mackenzy, New Century Tax, IGNCT

*General Comment: The "Do Not Call Registry" does you no favors

*Consumer Comment: What Union Tax consultants did for me & my family, Great company

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An individual cold-called my mobile number from a Colorado (720) number to offer tax abatement services from Union Tax Consulting.  He then transferred me to an analyst named Kyle Paterson.  My number is on the do-not-call registry, and I had an initial impression of a boiler-room operation, but I spoke with the analyst.

Kyle asked some questions about the recent tax lien filed against me by the IRS and then said that I "definitely qualify" for the Penalty Abatement Program, wherein his company can set up a very modest payment plan and eliminate most of the penalties and interest which have made my total balance much larger than the original principal.  He said his firm typically reduces its clients' tax liabilities by 40-60 percent.  Since my current cash flow is very slim, he said I could pay only $1,000 of the $3,000 fee up front.  Too good to be true?

My own accountant advised me to be very suspicious of Union's claims, saying that only the IRS can determine whether I qualify for any program, and that the IRS is highly unlikely to abate interest, thought they may abate some penalties under certain circumstances.

The company's web site, www.uniontaxconsulting.com, goes to great lengths to establish its legitimacy, but I immediately noticed that despite the photos of professional-looking people, not one person is identified by name on the web site.  The site boasts about the company's Better Business Bureau rating, but it turns out they've been accredited only since April 29, 2011.

A search of the Colorado Secretary of State's web site shows that Union Tax Consulting has existed only since 2006 after changing its name from that of a delinquent company.  Union's affiliated companies have a history of delinquent filings and name changes.  What kind of professional firm does such a poor job of filing its reports on time?  And why do they need to change their names every few years?

The name "Mire MacKenzy" appears on many of these filings, and an internet search of that name brings up several reports of alleged fraud and scams, and even aliases such as "Don Mire MacKenzy" and "Mike MacKenzy", who reportedly also owns a restaurant in Florida.  An internet search of Kyle Paterson produces no signs of existence such as a LinkedIn profile, which is surprising from a professional in a tax or law firm.

An internet search of tax relief scams shows that the typical scenario involves a client paying money up front and the tax firm failing to deliver results, saying that the IRS had declared the client ineligible.  In many cases I saw that the  firm stopped returning a client's calls, and in some cases a client was told that his contact at the firm had been pulled off of his case or had even left the firm.

Overall I am very suspicious of this firm - even more so after reading the other report about Union on this site.  Union may in fact be legitimate, but due to the aforementioned red flags, I advise anyone considering doing business with this firm to do extensive research before proceeding.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/15/2011 10:13 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Union-Tax-Consulting/Louisville-Colorado-80027/Union-Tax-Consulting-Union-Consulting-LLC-Incline-Consulting-United-Tax-Services-New-C-753363. 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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#1 Consumer Comment

Union Consulting - Incline Financial, Tax Scam, Mire Mackenzy, New Century Tax, IGNCT

AUTHOR: Hart - (United States of America)

This company is what is wrong with this industry all together.  They have changed their name so many times it's absurd.  Their whole company is ran by a guy who uses many fake names... Mike Makenzie/Makenzy... Mire Makenzy.... Makenzie Mires... That alone should be enough to scare you off. They sub contract their files to New Century Tax(owned by another crook).  Mike's company takes the BBB hits so that New Century can keep its "A".  When things get too bad he just changes the company name again (makes you wonder if this is why he changes his own name so much.) Their sales manager was just arrested for drugs.--

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PLEASE, don't give your hard earned money to these drug addict degenerates who run their business out of a whole in the wall.  They think they all belong on wall street but would never have the actual work ethic or fortitude to get an education and maintain a normal job.  Be smart enough to remember... If it sound so too good to be true.. It probably is..... 
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#2 General Comment

The "Do Not Call Registry" does you no favors

AUTHOR: Jay Wyshak - (United States of America)

My name is Jay Wyshak, if you click my name to the left you will see it again at the bottom of the Colorado BBB report concerning Union Consulting, the company being scrutinized in the complaint above. 

I perform a variety of services for Union Consulting, one of which is website development, another media liaison and promotions, and BBB contact regarding consumer complaints.  I have known this company for 4 years and have seen it grow and not be themselves complaining about economic downturn.  What that means is, they provide a service, that is to relieve people heavily burdened with tax debt; those same people who can and will complain about economic downturn and why they owe so much to the IRS to begin with.  

I'm familiar with the entire staff as a result of the contract service I perform for them.  I've met the attorneys and CPA's who appear to work diligently completing the agreements with the troubled taxpayers.  They must be doing so, or else, I'd imagine the Attorney General of Colorado would make sure they were out of business.  The company is located in 2 different beautiful buildings, the photos of their office on the Union Consulting website are true. The owners of the company tell me they save taxpayers both delinquent and non, about 200 million dollars per year.  Could that mean that they rip that money right out of the taxpayer's pocket every year?  I'm sure the State of Colorado would have them on the chopping block by now, they wouldn't have the A- rating with the Better Business Bureau, that's what I'm thinking.

Those people on the Do Not Call list are generally pre ignoring telemarketing calls.  The telephone numbers on the IRS's call list are the telephone numbers, found on tax returns which become public record once the taxpayer is being gunned down by the IRS.  For a huge number of their clients, Union Consulting seems to relieve much stress, it's too bad they can't help everyone.

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#3 Consumer Comment

What Union Tax consultants did for me & my family, Great company

AUTHOR: Linda Joseph - (United States of America)

Hi, My name is Linda, I was called by union TAX consulting about 6 months ago, From the beginning of the call, the person on the phone explained to me in detail who they were and what their reason was for calling... Me and my family owns a small accounting firm in Ogden Utah, being accountants, we are very good with numbers. In 2007, my husdband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, our family were very concern for him, I put my faith in God, and did what I could to keep the company going. I was the only one working to pay medical bills and feed our family. It was very tough, those were the darkest days of our lives. The lady that i initially spoke to from Union Tax consultants was my age, and made me feel very comfortable, she told me that she would transfer me to a senior tax code consultant, I spoke with a gentleman who introduced himself as per my previous caller. I have to admit, I was scarred, afterall, I am a license CPA and we have two lawyers in our family.. The senior code consultant explain to me what Union tax might be able to do, I was very interested in finding a way out of my $400,000 IRS tax debt.... We spoke for over 2 hours, Why would anybody spend that long on the phone with anyone before charging them? I wouldn"t, after it was said and done, I got off the phone and started thinking about what that gentleman told me... I am a license CPA, I should know this stuff..right? I"m going to be the first one to tell anyone who have a CPA, We CPA's only know how to file taxes and report to the IRS what our clients give us.... Nothing more... A tax attorney can do things that I have never learned or done in my 33 years as a CPA... two days after talking to Union Tax Consulting, I hired them to handle Our situation so that I may concentrate on my husdband's health and running my business & home... I have since reffered 4 clients of mine to Union tax consulting and their attorneys. I am very happy with the results that I got and continues to get from Union tax...... this rip-off forum is very neccessary, Some people belong on here, Union tax consuting is a real company with real proffesionals doing fantastic Tax work... Please be fair when judging a company.... based on the post that i read, the person who wrote this, did not hire the company, How can they say anything NEGATIVE about them? I hired them, I will continue to send clients to union tax consulting...
P.S, Union tax consulting also owns a Foundation which we in Utah are part of..... please do your research carefully and BE FAIR.... I was, I'm a very educated consumer, besides, if union tax did not deliver on what they said, the only people who can me would be the  ATTORNEY GENERAL OF DENVER C.O.....  GOD BLESS...
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