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Complaint Review: Power Tax Relief - Hyde Park New York

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Am honest mistake was made on our 2003 taxes. Was our first year using Tax Cut. The IRS caught it and said we would have to pay $17,000. Since we didn't have the money, we saw the add on Fox 5 news. A man named Joe Benfatti answered. He said he would fix this in 9 weeks. All we had to do was to pay a small retainer of $3500. I didn't have it. He asked me to get it from my widowed mother. He got her on a 3 way conversation. He talked to fast and all she was hoping for was that this man was going to help us get that huge amount of money down to $5000 AS HE PROMISED!!!.. My Mom reluctantly gave him her credit card. They took her money so fast it was unbelievable. He then assigned the case to someone else.

After we sent them mounds and mounds of paperwork, they never got back to us. 9 weeks passed and I called. They were still working on it. Long story short, after 1.5 years, they said there is nothing they can do. I had had a very small retirement plan which I wasn't supposed to touch until I was 59.5 years old. I was 45 at the time. This would be more money I'd have to pay. That money was to be when I retired. It's all I had. They said I had to take that money out and pay for entire amount, which, by now, since so much time went by without them working on it, I had to pay $28,000. I was furious.

Now they were supposed to be helping me get back the penalties and interest. This has been another nightmare. I call someone name Kay Tse. She never calls me back. I call her co-worker Nayri, and then Kay will answer me with 'no worries Sherri', we are working on it. You'll get back the penalties and interest. Nobody knows who Joe Benfatti is and he's the one that started this whole mess. I think they need someone to shut them down and stop ripping off people who aren't going to be able to make ends meet all because of how they are saving us from the IRS.

Who are they kidding? I am one step away from getting my own lawyer which may happen this week. The Better Business Bureau has already been notifed once and I'll do it again. I've asked to speak to the CEO but nobody knows who that is. how is that? I'm sure this company is done in the back room of a warehouse where they think they won't be uncovered. judgement day is coming for them and all the people they have hurt. Their testimonials are lies also. Just try to e-mail any of those people and they don't even exist. How's that for a scam. Unbelievable. My advice to anyone. use a real tax lawyer and someone you can trust. Definitely NOT Power Tax Relief. The biggest scam going!

Hyde Park, New York

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#9 Consumer Suggestion

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AUTHOR: South Bay Investor - ()

POSTED: Sunday, August 03, 2014

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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Joseph Benfatti Is The One Got Me A Refund!

AUTHOR: josebe77 - (USA)

POSTED: Saturday, November 03, 2012

First Of All When I Work At Power Tax Relief .A Call Into My Desk And I Assisted The Lady In Getting A Refund. There Is No Documentation That Has My Name On This Case. She Hire A Guy Name Antonio Stelino . She Paid A Fee And One Of The Owners Wife At That Time Call The Client To Ask Her For More Money. She Called Back Upset. I Went The Owners At That Time And Got Her A Refund And They Finish Her Case. I am Joseph Benfatti I Never In My Life Took Money From A Client And DiD Not Perform My Work On There Case.So Unless You Can Provide Documents With My Name On It My Atorneys Are Coming After You For Filing A False Report.

You Should Be Thanking Me I Am The Person That Got You A Refund When You Called Back. Go After This Tony Guy Not Me.

Respectfully Yours
Joseph Benfatti

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#7 Consumer Comment

This Has Been Going On for years

AUTHOR: Mike v - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Saturday, February 06, 2010

 This has been going on for years, They rip me off 3 years ago for 7000.00. Same people who i was told were fired years ago. I truly beleive Kay is the one behind this company,  My salesman name was Craig Dahl I hope he can sleep at night. He told me he owned this company , I was later told he was just a salesman who misrepersented himself. I also made complaints to the L.A BBB which at that time had them at a F rating. And 20 Complaints with the same Issue , Sweet as pie till they have your money, Then thay bury you in paper work which we all do,  Then you can never get them on the phone, Or you are harrassing them by calling them. I made complaints to the Federal trade commission, The Cal Attorneys Office.( I think there on there payroll, SINCE no other state in this country would let some company rip off people for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars, which is clearly noted by all this people.  Thay must be getting a kick back to help pay for there state mismanangement of PEOPLES money. There Attorney General is a complete joke of a human being. Another Bad lawyer who could not keep a real job....) Any person with a back bone would call us back or do something about this Issue, SO I SAY DO NOT DO ANY BUISNESS WITH IN The STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SINCE THE STATE CLEARLY ALLOWS YOU TO GET TRULY RIPPED OFF.. ( AGAIN I TRULY BELEIVE THEY ARE GETTING SOME FORM OF A UNDER THE TABLE CASH KICK BACK OR PAYING FOR HIS KIDS SCHOOLS )  If the Attorney general had any Ethics ( which he has none, Which we all can tell , By how he let this company  operate under his Nose for all these years) Well good luck you just help pay off California dept..... Mike V

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#6 Consumer Comment

Power tax Relief

AUTHOR: josebe77 - (USA)

POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Power Tax Relief # 320338 I had the unfortunate experience of working for this company years ago. I answer the phone spoke with lady to help her out. She hire a guy name Tony that no longer work their.
I was the one that gave her a update regarding her case.
What she does'nt tell you guys . She received a Full refund . I help her out , and this is the thanks I get.

1.) I Joseph Benfatti help her check the status of her case and she recieved a full refund from the company .
2.) She hired a guy name Tony not me.

Joseph Benfatti

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#5 Consumer Comment

Interviewed with Power Tax Relief

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

POSTED: Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Over 2 months ago, I interviewed with Power Tax Relief for a sales position. I went to their location at 4929 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA. Their office was in a high rise on the 10th floor. I saw the whole scope of the operation and learned how they operate. I saw that they had 10-15 salespeople on the floor with one manager who interviewed me. THe manager told me that they look for top closers that just cannot take no for answer. Reminds me of auto salespeople.

The manager told me the owner of the company spends lot of money on advertising. The minimum sale is $3000. The manager told me that his top salespeople have cracked customers upto $25,000. Not bad considering the salespeople are making 25% commission on the sale. Even a $3000 sale will make a salesperson $750.

Power tax relief is a commission based employer only. As an employee, you do not get an hourly wage or salary. As an employee, you cannot have any ethics or morals to work for Power Tax Relief. You have to be cold, cruel person to work there. The employees will do anything to make money. They will overcharge your credit card/checking account so that they can make a decent paycheck. If the salespeople cannot get any money out of you, they do not make anything. YOu have to be really crooked to work for this company.

Last night, I saw their ad on TV and I was amazed how fraudlent businesses continue to advertise. They do lot of advertising on late night television. I thought it was a low budget ad but it works. Power Tax Relief uses testimonials from clients that they have helped. Power Tax Relief did help some taxpayers thru an OIC saving them a lot of money. Very few OIC's are accepted by the IRS. I talked to offer examinar of the IRS and she told me that less than 10% of OIC's are accepted. Power tax relief uses the testimonials from clients whose OIC was accepted. The majority, over 90%, are rejected. As a result, Power tax relief will ignore the majority of clients and only do work for clients where an OIC is probable.

I could not work for a fraudlent business in a fraudlent industry. I interviewed to learn more about the tax resolution business. SInce I was ripped by JK harris & Co, I am determined to put the tax relief industry out of business. I am taking JK Harris & Co to small claims court and am protesting outside their local offices.
Lets put this industry out of business.

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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Power Tax Relief is in a fraudlent Industry

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

POSTED: Wednesday, June 04, 2008

This whole industry of tax relief is fraudlent. I suggest taking them to small claims court and also protesting outside their local office. Contacting local tv news media and print media can also help as well as contacting government agencies.

I was ripped by JK Harris & Co. And, I will be taking them to small claims court. I am also protesting outside one of their nationwide offices. I am determined to put this industry out of business.

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#3 Consumer Comment

More lies Kay?

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

POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Don't hold your breath, it will never happen... Just file the complaints at the BBB and Attorney general, move on or join the fight against Power Tax relief.

I'm about a month away of having some time to allocate to this issue and my personal experience with them, they SCAMMED and ripped me off to the tune of $25k!

They are indeed a complete, total scam, the epitome of the word!!! I'd be willing to bet the next edition of Webster's Dictionary will have Power Tax Relief under the definition of Scam, ripoff, etc.

Kay Tse is a joke, LIAR and a fraud! I'm a firm believer in Karma, and she will have her day!!!!

Best of luck...

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

POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Still waiting for the entire refund...

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Response to Client

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

POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

It is unfortunate that the client filed this complaint during a time when we were still actively working on her case. However, since then, we have spoken to the taxpayer in great detail and we both agreed that it would be best to part ways. We provided this taxpayer with a full refund.

When the client initially retained us, she claimed that she owed additional taxes for 2003 due to the fact that underreported their income. However, after digging deeper, we found out that that was not the case.

The taxpayer claimed that she made an "honest mistake" on her 2003 taxes. However, we expressed to the taxpayer that it would be difficult to persuade the IRS that it was an honest mistake. She filed her 2003 taxes and inflated her income tax withheld, from $19,691 to $37,500, which ultimately inflated her year end tax refund. When we asked her where she got her figure from, she claimed that it was a clerical error. However, if that was the case, then she knew she was not entitled to a large refund. But, she cashed the check anyway and it wasn't until the IRS caught up with her that she did claimed it was an innocent mistake.

We have since tried to fight with the IRS to negotiate, but we had no response to their question: ultimately, why did the taxpayer cash the refund check if she knew it was erroneous? Since the taxpayer could not provide us with a valid answer, we knew we could not proceed with the case.

We care greatly about the satisfaction of all our clients and that is why even after all the work and time and effort put into this case, we still provided her with a refund.

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