• Report: #355523

Complaint Review: Certified IRS Solutions

  • Submitted: Fri, July 25, 2008
  • Updated: Sun, November 04, 2012

  • Reported By:Burleson Texas
Certified IRS Solutions
24800 N. IH-45 The Woodlands, Texas U.S.A.

Certified IRS Solutions Took money and disappeared, IRS now garnishing wages The Woodlands Texas

*Consumer Comment: Ownership addition not rebuttal sorry wrong place

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Quit ONE Yr before CLOSING

*Consumer Comment: He is at it again!

*Author of original report: Consumer Suggestion

*Consumer Suggestion: another innocent ex employee

*Consumer Suggestion: another innocent ex employee

*Consumer Suggestion: another innocent ex employee

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Certified IRS Solutions

*Consumer Comment: why don is mad

*Author of original report: My status

*Author of original report: My status

*Author of original report: My status

*Author of original report: My status

*Consumer Comment: Effectur is in no way related to Certified IRS Solutions

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Why is Don angry at the employees? They didn't close the business.

*Consumer Suggestion: ex employees not guilty

*Author of original report: Law enforcement

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Some add'l info

*Author of original report: Certified IRS Solutions

*Author of original report: Certified IRS Solutions

*Author of original report: Certified IRS Solutions

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My story is a carbon copy of all of the above. In addition, I hired them to form an LLC for me, which they did do. However, if I had been smarter, I could have gotten it done for much less. The reason I went with them was that their salesman, Dan Lott, convinced me that the "consultation" I would receive with their LLC tax savings guru, Spence Carlson would teach me so much that it was worth the extra money.

The consultation was actually informative, but consisted of one phone call.

I plan to file criminal theft charges against everyone in this company, from the top down. I imagine that Carlson, Lott, and my representative Amanda Zimmerman, have not too much to fear from this. However, there are two attorneys named Maria Abercrombie, JD, and Kristin Westerfield, JD listed in my paperwork. I imagine that it doesn't look to good to the state Bar to have an attorny charged with theft or fraud. I never spoke with them so for all I know, they may not even be real people.

Heads up: If anyone in the same boat as me is looking for someone to really help them now that they are in worse shape than at the beginning, there is a fancy web site called Effectur. I believe that this is also Carlson, Lott, & company. The reason that I say this is that when I tried to call CIRS Sol. and got a rapid busy signal, I called around to the phone companies to try to find out if the lines were down due to Hurrican Dolly. Finally, my phone company figured out who provided CIRS 888 number. I called that phone company and after a few ventures in to voice mail menu hell, I got someone in tech support that was helpful. He asked me the number I was trying to call and said, "Effectur?"

I said, "No, Certified IRS solutions." He told me there were tons of numbers associated with that account. He gave me a few more to try, all of which gave me the same rapid busy tone.

Screwedntx
Burleson, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Ownership addition not rebuttal sorry wrong place

AUTHOR: kezz - (United States of America)

This company and employees keep feigning innocence. I had cancer and monthly they withdrew money from my account. When they notified they were closing the lady who had done nothing for me went into my bank account and though they were closed still took money out.. My bank informed me . she had filed with irs representing me and not until the end of the company did she say to irs she was representing me while leading me to believe they were working for me all along. These people can feign innocence but they were not 1,750 is a lot to someone with cancer..also I have settled with IRS and they too took extra funds - loss all around. I do not want to hear innocence form any of them  and  I would love to see a law suit filed. We have Fl attorneys who can do it . 
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Quit ONE Yr before CLOSING

AUTHOR: Lizzy - (United States of America)

I could not believe all of this when I read the articles. I worked for Certified IRS Solutions a year before they closed down.  I only come across this accidently.

First, the Wade you found on FB is not correct.  TWade and Cari have 3 small children under 10. The did live in The Woodlands, TX.  Spencer and Yvonne do live in Trinity, TX.


OWNERS:
Wade/Cari
Spencer/Yvonne

I will say regarding the ex- employees....This has NOTHING To do with them..and no I don't consider myself in this category DON!

If you are blaming the assistants that's crazy. That is like blaming a cashier at Burger King for what a CEO of the company is doing. They have no way of knowing anything.  Now the Lawyers, that is a different story. They should be held reliable with the owners. This WAS a great company when I worked there. So I have no idea what happened.  But they DO deserve what is coming to them!!
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#3 Consumer Comment

He is at it again!

AUTHOR: aimeemhf - (United States of America)

OK yall! He is at it again! He now works for Lion Tax Corporation LLC.  www.liontaxhelp.com

The number there is 1.866.977.4829 He ALWAYS answers this number which leads me to believe it is connected to his house. And the address is 101 Austin St in Austin,TX.

THERE IS no Austin ST in Austin, TX

My husband and I googled and searched for the "presidents" of the company and NOTHING came up about any 3 of these men.

I am doing what I can to research this and file complaints and atleast get my husbands tax paperwork from him!

This is what I know so far about him and his family: 

Spencer Phil Carlson

Yvonne Rose Fenton *his wife

Son: Wade Alan Carlson

Cari Lynn Noakes *Wade's wife

I have also found the names of Cari's parents.

 

*I have found his daughter Yvette's address and phone number and know that she works for a local school in my area but don't want to put that down. She might have nothing to do with any of this.

And he also has another son named after him. Found his son Wade Carlson on Facebook and know that he still lives in the Spring area. With two teenage daughters.

 

I am going to do everything I can to try and stop these people. Please feel free to contact me aimeemh@netscape.net so I can get stories together. I am going to contact the IRS as well as local news stations, local sheriff's dept as well as FBI. I am going to get this story out there and hopefully try and get some things fixed!!

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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

I agree with Don. None of us will ever see the money we gave Certified IRS Solutions again, at least not all of it, and if only a part of it, it will be a small part, and not for several years. If you hire a lawyer, you will either have to pay him to sue them, or perhaps they will do it on a contingency and in that case will keep a large chunk of what is recovered. For most of us, the percentage the lawyer will keep is not going to net them enough to make it interesting for them. If you do hire a lawyer, and pay them, they are going to take your money and possibly do the same thing Certified IRS solutions did; ie not work on the case, not file the right papers in time, then the case will get dismissed and your are down the same road all over again.

However, I do believe it is possible to make the personnel of Certified wish they had just gone ahead and done the work they were hired to do, and cost them so much time and money to deal with the complaints that they will not have time to do anything else. If theft charges are filed against the LLC, someone, hopefully Carlson, will have to pay his own lawyer to represent him. The Enrolled Agents who were supposed to work on the case can be complained against to the IRS. If there are enough complaints, maybe the IRS will revoke their status as an enrolled agent, preventing them from running the same scam at another corporation. The state bar of Texas has a grievance procedure which can be filed against attorneys.

Maybe the Texas Secretary of State, if he gets enough complaints about the Carlsons will prohibit him from starting up as another LLC and doing the same thing all over again (haven't researched this aspect yet.)

Also, since they were working across state lines, maybe this could even fall into the Feds jurisdiction. And, since they had a whole organization working taking people's money and then disappearing, maybe it would even be considered under the Racketeering category (the same thing they use against the Mafia.) They are using the bank system as a tool for taking people's money; maybe that would be considered a federal crime. They use the Postal Service to forward their payment agreement for you to sign, maybe some prosecutor somewhere would consider that mail fraud, which is federal.

Somewhere in this country, there is a U.S. attorney who needs some press to further his/her career. You haven't lost enough money to get an attorney to sue them, but the U.S. attorneys and D.A.'s are politicians. If the one in Houston won't do anything, maybe the one in one of your areas in another state will. These tax relief companies are all over the airwaves and internet advertising, and it sounds like they do not have a very good track record. They convince people who shouldn't even be considering an Offer in Compromise that they can get them one approved, take your money, then because you weren't really a serious candidate, you can't really get it, but they still keep your money. They also don't tell you that you can just do it yourself, if you believe you are a real candidate. It could be a big issue for some prosecutor looking to be in the news.

So yes, it is true. Your money is gone. But maybe if we all work on all the avenues available, we can create as much or more misery for the CIRSS people as they have created for us.
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

another innocent ex employee

AUTHOR: Don - (U.S.A.)

i did a search for the owners of this company and found no spence or wade. my representative could own this business for all i know. these could be fictitious names to throw us off.

all i see here are innocent employees that got screwed? i call bs on this. why didn't these ex employees complain when they were working for this company??? this whole thing has got away form the reason to post on rip off. you can tell by the way the employees post here they did something wrong because they are trying to save their rear ends. how in the hell could you be screwed as an employee? its a right to work state and business owners can hire and fire who they choose. you were laid off - you didn't pay this company anything and quit frankly im sick of hearing from you guys. every time you post you just make yourselves look more guilty. we should all find out who these so called employees are and make them finish the work they contracted to do. i talked to a lawyer and he told me the contract we have signed with this company would not allow me to sue them that i had to arbitrate and that i most likely would not see a dime anyways. It said no where that we couldn't sue our representative and we would probably have more of a chance getting something out of it. Be very careful what you read here it could be the same folks that screwed us over re-posting as a different person but the real owners of this company. I will try and get as list of all the employees that worked for this company and post their info.
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another innocent ex employee

AUTHOR: Don - (U.S.A.)

i did a search for the owners of this company and found no spence or wade. my representative could own this business for all i know. these could be fictitious names to throw us off.

all i see here are innocent employees that got screwed? i call bs on this. why didn't these ex employees complain when they were working for this company??? this whole thing has got away form the reason to post on rip off. you can tell by the way the employees post here they did something wrong because they are trying to save their rear ends. how in the hell could you be screwed as an employee? its a right to work state and business owners can hire and fire who they choose. you were laid off - you didn't pay this company anything and quit frankly im sick of hearing from you guys. every time you post you just make yourselves look more guilty. we should all find out who these so called employees are and make them finish the work they contracted to do. i talked to a lawyer and he told me the contract we have signed with this company would not allow me to sue them that i had to arbitrate and that i most likely would not see a dime anyways. It said no where that we couldn't sue our representative and we would probably have more of a chance getting something out of it. Be very careful what you read here it could be the same folks that screwed us over re-posting as a different person but the real owners of this company. I will try and get as list of all the employees that worked for this company and post their info.
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another innocent ex employee

AUTHOR: Don - (U.S.A.)

i did a search for the owners of this company and found no spence or wade. my representative could own this business for all i know. these could be fictitious names to throw us off.

all i see here are innocent employees that got screwed? i call bs on this. why didn't these ex employees complain when they were working for this company??? this whole thing has got away form the reason to post on rip off. you can tell by the way the employees post here they did something wrong because they are trying to save their rear ends. how in the hell could you be screwed as an employee? its a right to work state and business owners can hire and fire who they choose. you were laid off - you didn't pay this company anything and quit frankly im sick of hearing from you guys. every time you post you just make yourselves look more guilty. we should all find out who these so called employees are and make them finish the work they contracted to do. i talked to a lawyer and he told me the contract we have signed with this company would not allow me to sue them that i had to arbitrate and that i most likely would not see a dime anyways. It said no where that we couldn't sue our representative and we would probably have more of a chance getting something out of it. Be very careful what you read here it could be the same folks that screwed us over re-posting as a different person but the real owners of this company. I will try and get as list of all the employees that worked for this company and post their info.
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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

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AUTHOR: Former Employee - (U.S.A.)

I am an ex-employee of CIRS. I have not worked there in several years, but they screwed me also. As far as Maria Abercrombie is concerned....she is an innocent employee of CIRS and was screwed in the closing also. I have known Maria for along time and she genuinely would not intentionally screw anybody. She was also a victim. As far as anyone else in that company goes, go for it and good luck. You can contact the Attorney General, the IRS, the Better Business Bureau, etc. The owners of the company are: Spencer and Yvonne Carlson (Trinity, Texas,) Wade and Cari Carlson (Spring, Texas).

Good Luck!!!
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#9 Consumer Comment

why don is mad

AUTHOR: Jbarnett - (U.S.A.)

I to was a client of cis who lost lots of money with this company. I think don has every right to be mad at the employees. CIS got my oic rejected because they did not file something in time. When I got the letter from IRS I attempted to contact the person working on case with no luck she was always on the phone this was since OCt. I finally called and got real nasty with them this Marie Acrombie got on the phone and assured me that they were still working on the case which was a complete lie. Also just a week before they closed I got a call from Spence Carlson who was supposed to on a 3 way with the irs and myself, he gave me his personal phone number which is of course now disconnected. Every one I spoke to at the company have lied to me and dont trust any of them. Sorry about the ex employes who lost thier jobs but they can get new ones at buger king if necessary. We have no way to get money back and most are now in worse shape after hiring these scum bags.
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#10 Author of original report

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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

If anyone is interested, including the ex-employees:
Today I received my end of July paycheck. Finally, in June I was able to get some overtime. My company pays a month behind. But my payment plan with the IRS was set up too late for them to send the release to my employer, since I believed Certified IRS was working for me, and I didn't contact the IRS sooner. So my check ended up being... net pay app. $2800. IRS levy $2100, pay to me....$700. Wait,, I have mortgage due today of $805! How does that compute? Oh yeah, it doesn't. I hope all you innocent ex employees see this. Not to mention the $1700 to CIRSS.


Just because you are "just an employee" of a criminal enterprise,you are still a criminal. Do you think Silvio could have gotten away with anything just because he told the Feds "Hey, I am just the Manager of the Bada Bing! See here's my W-2!!!"

Or the guy removing the engine at the chop shop where they break down stolen cars? He's not going to get off by saying "Hey, I didn't steal the car, I just took out the engine?!" Give me a break.

I plan to file criminal theft charges against everyone whose name I know who worked there. However, I am not optimistic that the law will do anything for me or anyone who lost money. Certainly not in time to pay my bills for this month or the next year. After all, the DA is a lawyer and he is probably not going to go after a fellow "professional" if there is the smallest pinhole of a loophole to be used to avoid it.
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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

If anyone is interested, including the ex-employees:
Today I received my end of July paycheck. Finally, in June I was able to get some overtime. My company pays a month behind. But my payment plan with the IRS was set up too late for them to send the release to my employer, since I believed Certified IRS was working for me, and I didn't contact the IRS sooner. So my check ended up being... net pay app. $2800. IRS levy $2100, pay to me....$700. Wait,, I have mortgage due today of $805! How does that compute? Oh yeah, it doesn't. I hope all you innocent ex employees see this. Not to mention the $1700 to CIRSS.


Just because you are "just an employee" of a criminal enterprise,you are still a criminal. Do you think Silvio could have gotten away with anything just because he told the Feds "Hey, I am just the Manager of the Bada Bing! See here's my W-2!!!"

Or the guy removing the engine at the chop shop where they break down stolen cars? He's not going to get off by saying "Hey, I didn't steal the car, I just took out the engine?!" Give me a break.

I plan to file criminal theft charges against everyone whose name I know who worked there. However, I am not optimistic that the law will do anything for me or anyone who lost money. Certainly not in time to pay my bills for this month or the next year. After all, the DA is a lawyer and he is probably not going to go after a fellow "professional" if there is the smallest pinhole of a loophole to be used to avoid it.
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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

If anyone is interested, including the ex-employees:
Today I received my end of July paycheck. Finally, in June I was able to get some overtime. My company pays a month behind. But my payment plan with the IRS was set up too late for them to send the release to my employer, since I believed Certified IRS was working for me, and I didn't contact the IRS sooner. So my check ended up being... net pay app. $2800. IRS levy $2100, pay to me....$700. Wait,, I have mortgage due today of $805! How does that compute? Oh yeah, it doesn't. I hope all you innocent ex employees see this. Not to mention the $1700 to CIRSS.


Just because you are "just an employee" of a criminal enterprise,you are still a criminal. Do you think Silvio could have gotten away with anything just because he told the Feds "Hey, I am just the Manager of the Bada Bing! See here's my W-2!!!"

Or the guy removing the engine at the chop shop where they break down stolen cars? He's not going to get off by saying "Hey, I didn't steal the car, I just took out the engine?!" Give me a break.

I plan to file criminal theft charges against everyone whose name I know who worked there. However, I am not optimistic that the law will do anything for me or anyone who lost money. Certainly not in time to pay my bills for this month or the next year. After all, the DA is a lawyer and he is probably not going to go after a fellow "professional" if there is the smallest pinhole of a loophole to be used to avoid it.
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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

If anyone is interested, including the ex-employees:
Today I received my end of July paycheck. Finally, in June I was able to get some overtime. My company pays a month behind. But my payment plan with the IRS was set up too late for them to send the release to my employer, since I believed Certified IRS was working for me, and I didn't contact the IRS sooner. So my check ended up being... net pay app. $2800. IRS levy $2100, pay to me....$700. Wait,, I have mortgage due today of $805! How does that compute? Oh yeah, it doesn't. I hope all you innocent ex employees see this. Not to mention the $1700 to CIRSS.


Just because you are "just an employee" of a criminal enterprise,you are still a criminal. Do you think Silvio could have gotten away with anything just because he told the Feds "Hey, I am just the Manager of the Bada Bing! See here's my W-2!!!"

Or the guy removing the engine at the chop shop where they break down stolen cars? He's not going to get off by saying "Hey, I didn't steal the car, I just took out the engine?!" Give me a break.

I plan to file criminal theft charges against everyone whose name I know who worked there. However, I am not optimistic that the law will do anything for me or anyone who lost money. Certainly not in time to pay my bills for this month or the next year. After all, the DA is a lawyer and he is probably not going to go after a fellow "professional" if there is the smallest pinhole of a loophole to be used to avoid it.
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#14 Consumer Comment

Effectur is in no way related to Certified IRS Solutions

AUTHOR: Brian - (U.S.A.)

I am the Director of Integrity here at Effectur, Inc. Of course, each of the individuals affected by Certified IRS Solutions' actions (or lack thereof) have my sympathy. Until a few moments ago, I had never heard of Certified IRS Solutions, nor any of the individuals listed in this complaint and I want to ensure you that Effectur has absolutely no connection to Certified IRS Solutions.

Here at Effectur, we strive to provide outstanding service to all of our clients and have made Net Promoter Score a key component in our employees' performance evaluation to ensure that we achieve this goal. While there are many companies who attempt to prey on taxpayers who have unresolved issues with the IRS, there are a few who genuinely attempt to provide effective representation which will bring real value to their clients. Effectur is such a company.

I do not intend to say that Effectur is perfect or that we don't have any dissatisfied clients, as this would be untrue. Every company has clients/customers who are displeased for one of a variety of reasons. However, we are diligent in our efforts to recognize our opportunities for improvement and to make the necessary changes to prevent the issues from recurring.
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#15 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Why is Don angry at the employees? They didn't close the business.

AUTHOR: Just Tax - (U.S.A.)

I am a former employee of CIS and I don't understand why Don in Leander is blaming us. You say you were treated badly by more than one of the employees. I'm really sorry that happened to you, but it's unfair to insinuate we are somehow guilty of something. The fact is we had too much work to do and not enough staff. It became too much for one of the representatives and she gave her notice. She gave 3 weeks instead of 2 because she wanted to give as much notice as possible. She was an employee, not a partner or an owner. She was entitled to seek other employment just as much as any of you are. Since the work was spread so thin, I think the owners felt like they couldn't continue without a full staff. I think it would have been difficult, but I think they could have done it. At the very least, they could have used those three weeks to seek other representation for their clients.

The statement that we are posting as an attempt at self preservation and that we are trying to save our "asses" doesn't make sense. First, you contracted with CIS for services, not with the employees. Second, CIS took your money, not the employees. Any causes of action or complaints would be meritless against anyone else but CIS. I can't speak for anyone else posting, but I'm posting because I'm frustrated too. I worked so hard at CIS and I was very proud of the work I did. You have no idea how much I hate it for all of you that this happened.

I don't know what will happen if anyone files with the DA's office or the AG's office or the BBB. Maybe something, perhaps nothing. All I know is that I did everything I could do for CIS and it's clients while I was there.
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#16 Consumer Suggestion

ex employees not guilty

AUTHOR: Don - (U.S.A.)

Again we see more of these "innocent employees" and I call bullcrap. I was treated badly by more than one of these guys. Who knows for all we know you all were the problem and the reason why the company was shut down. And this attempt at self preservation is just pitiful. I never spoke with spence or wade I talked to many of these employees that treated me with disrespect the whole time. I am mad at the owners don't get me wrong because they are ultimately responsible for the well being of the business but for these guys to come here and try to say they were completely innocent just gets my blood boiling. It seems to me there was more than this shutdown than the employees want us to know. And another point - these employees are saying there was a security guard? I haven't left a company where there wasn't a security guard present and none of us give a crap about that - we just want our money. We don't care that a guard was present when you were let go. Its standard procedure when a company is shutting down. I will find out what is going on and I am sick of these innocent folks that got paid to screw us over... I swear if this keeps up I will post a ripoffreport under my representative name. The company is out of business so what can we do to get money? Find out who was working our case and pressure them to complete it. They signed a power of attorney and they are attorneys. I would like mine to complete my case and I feel that the best way to get these folks is get in touch with these attorneys. Funny thing is they are probably the same people that are posting here to save their asses.
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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

I contacted the Sherriff in Montgomery County, TX, where the Woodlands is located. So far, I did not mention the name of CIRSS. They told me the procedure would be to initiate an investigation with the Sherriff's office in the county where I am. I am in TX also, but I assume it would work the same way if you are out of state. The non-emergency # for the Montgomery County Sherriff is 281-367-3435. Some of the other posters have given the address where Carlson might be found or served with some type of papers, if the DA can be convinced to pursue something.
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#18 UPDATE EX-employee responds

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AUTHOR: Outntx - (U.S.A.)

Hi, I am a ex employee of Certified. The owners of the company Spence and Wade Carlson, did not give any warning or heads up that the company was in any sort of trouble. We all came in to work on Monday June 9th and the Carlson's and a police officer were standing at the door informing us they have closed our office and handed us our belonging already packed in boxes. We were told we would be able to use them for a job reference and now all their numbers are disconnected, not to mention we did not receive severance pay as stated in our handbook. As far as taking legal action against the company the Carlson's are the only ones responsible. You listed Amanda as being your representative, she was an assistant to the attorneys, only the attorneys or enrolled agents were client advocates/ representatives, even though you probably spoke to Amanda mostly she was just an assistant, plus she left and was on maternity leave when all of this went down. I am sorry the Carlson's screwed so many people. I do think a class action suit would be a good way to go as there were a least a thousand clients that they just dropped on their butts w/o warning or refund. I am sorry you got screwed in this and wish I could help.
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Certified IRS Solutions

AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

I contacted the IRS. In my case, they have set up a monthly installment plan with a reasonable payment. Turns out they only charge around 5% interest. Other than listening to their on hold music for a long time waiting to speak to someone, it was not a bad experience to talk to them.

I guess the reason most people contact companies like Certified IRS Solutions is that they fear the IRS. Ironically, the IRS was more helpful than the business that enticed us all by claiming they would help us deal the IRS.

If anyone out there is thinking of using any of these tax companies, just call the IRS instead. If it is a matter of simply late returns or owing around $10K-$12K, you are better off with dealing with them straight. Maybe there are some actual ethical tax firms out there who will actually help you, but when the IRS will set up a plan for you with only 5% interest, why risk getting taken by people like Certified IRS solutions?
You can even do the Offer in Compromise yourself. You do not need someone like CIRSS to do it for you if you are willing to take the time to download the forms and read the instructions on the IRS web site. I kind of knew this when I signed up with CIRSS but I am working 2 jobs and never have any spare time, so it was attractive to just pay the fee and be done with it.
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Certified IRS Solutions

AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

I contacted the IRS. In my case, they have set up a monthly installment plan with a reasonable payment. Turns out they only charge around 5% interest. Other than listening to their on hold music for a long time waiting to speak to someone, it was not a bad experience to talk to them.

I guess the reason most people contact companies like Certified IRS Solutions is that they fear the IRS. Ironically, the IRS was more helpful than the business that enticed us all by claiming they would help us deal the IRS.

If anyone out there is thinking of using any of these tax companies, just call the IRS instead. If it is a matter of simply late returns or owing around $10K-$12K, you are better off with dealing with them straight. Maybe there are some actual ethical tax firms out there who will actually help you, but when the IRS will set up a plan for you with only 5% interest, why risk getting taken by people like Certified IRS solutions?
You can even do the Offer in Compromise yourself. You do not need someone like CIRSS to do it for you if you are willing to take the time to download the forms and read the instructions on the IRS web site. I kind of knew this when I signed up with CIRSS but I am working 2 jobs and never have any spare time, so it was attractive to just pay the fee and be done with it.
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AUTHOR: Screwedntx - (U.S.A.)

I contacted the IRS. In my case, they have set up a monthly installment plan with a reasonable payment. Turns out they only charge around 5% interest. Other than listening to their on hold music for a long time waiting to speak to someone, it was not a bad experience to talk to them.

I guess the reason most people contact companies like Certified IRS Solutions is that they fear the IRS. Ironically, the IRS was more helpful than the business that enticed us all by claiming they would help us deal the IRS.

If anyone out there is thinking of using any of these tax companies, just call the IRS instead. If it is a matter of simply late returns or owing around $10K-$12K, you are better off with dealing with them straight. Maybe there are some actual ethical tax firms out there who will actually help you, but when the IRS will set up a plan for you with only 5% interest, why risk getting taken by people like Certified IRS solutions?
You can even do the Offer in Compromise yourself. You do not need someone like CIRSS to do it for you if you are willing to take the time to download the forms and read the instructions on the IRS web site. I kind of knew this when I signed up with CIRSS but I am working 2 jobs and never have any spare time, so it was attractive to just pay the fee and be done with it.
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