ED Magedson – Founder
progressive tax group5010 N. Parkway Calabasas, Suite 101 Internet United States of America
I was contacted Via US mail with a post card stating that they could solve my tax lien problem. They forwarded a kit for financials to be submitted to them. A woman named Jennifer Shapiro sold me her services as a lawyer, when she is not a lawyer.... she acted as though she was related to the famous Shapiro lawyer in the Simpson case.
She assigned a processor named Johnathon, and in the mean time I kept receiving mailings selling their services from them. They told me the reason I did keep receiving those was due to they had not set up a file for me yet because I didn't complete the financials. Initially I told Jennifer the name of the person at the state that they should contact who was the collector.
I also told her that their mailing was inaccurate because it wasn't a state tax lein it was an EDD tax lien, and asked if they could still assist. She said they absolutely could but I needed to send in the rest of the financials before they could get my account and services going. Meanwhile, I kept receiving the mailings selling their services to me. I was told that they would need to get back to me as they would need to review what the lien really was about.
I told her it was for employee taxes for a business, and they came back suggesting it was going to cost alot more for their services. I again told her that I already knew all the info, who they needed to contact, and that I would be more comfortable paying them money after they contacted that person at the state.
In the mean time I kept updating and sending in my financials, as they still said I wasn't in their system yet.... until they would receive full financials.. eventually they did assign an attorney, but I had a 10 minute conversation with that attorney, and since so much time had already passed I had already been in contact and was paying the collector, that I wanted to establish good faith with the department from the state and the collector, and was building a relationship with the collector of trust, and as well the collector told me there wasn't going to be anything these tax attorneys were going to be able to do, I started just paying my garnishment to the state, as I did understand I did owe the state money for the EDD.
I also informed Progressive Tax Group that I had already dealt with the smaller personal tax liens on my own with out any help from them, and to please place my file on hold while I was taking the time to save my home from foreclosure and build my new company during that time.
Since then, I learned and received grace from the collector to work with me directly and had asked the lawyer to place my file on hold to see how it would go on my own to build repoir with the state. They said they would hold the file. So no lawyering was done. They raised their initial quote in the beginning from 4000 to 12000 for the services.
I paid them 5885, early on, before they did any lawyering at all. Since then I determined I am better off in my case to work directly with the state collector, and had requested PTG to send me a statement of services against my retainer and send my money back. I told them I may rehire them in the future if need be, but that the state was totally working with me and I realized I was having better results on my own with the state.
I asked for my money back, and they have been totally beating around the bush in sending me anything back, and still have not provided a statement of the lawyering, if any, that was done in my case. Now i'm really angry and feel like they are gonna just rob nearly 6000 dollars from me. I need the money back now and they are totally being... calm down Mr... and Jennifer Shapiro is not a lawyer, she is a sales person collecting monies from fearful tax debtors and playing on their fears and in the process reaping thousands of dollars, and not sending out monthly statements of services like any legitimate lawyer would.
They robbed me of 6000 and I would never ever do business with them, if you are considering them. Between JK Harris and these people, I have been robbed for over 20,000 in tax services, when I realize now, there is no need to be fearful, you can gert your own deal going with the state, and work with the state as they have been very straightforward with me and there is no need for any fear in dealing with them. I demand my money back now, in full, and PTG is a fraud and only out to fill their bank accounts before they eventually do file bankruptcy or do get shut down by the state. I'm going to file complaints with all agencies, and will only withdraw them if and when I get a full 100% refund.
kurtis, Oceanside, Ca
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/24/2011 12:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/progressive-tax-group/internet/progressive-tax-group-stated-they-could-solve-my-tax-lien-problem-for-a-fraction-of-the-c-686212. 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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