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Union Tax Consulting
Union Tax Consulting Union Consulting, LLC; Incline Consulting; United Tax Services; New Century Consulting; Kalmia Avenue Tax Prep; Paramount Consult
14th of Jul, 2011 by User769695
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.
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2996 days ago by Taxcut Master
The "Do Not Call Registry" does you no favors

My name is Jay Wyshak, if you investigate my name further 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.
2985 days ago by Anonymous
Name: OGDEN, ROCKY DEAN Location: MED 0701
Race: W Sex: M Hair: BRO Eyes: BLU Hgt:5' 10" Wgt: 210 Age: 41 Citizen: Y
Arrestee Address: 802 E COUNTY LINE RD City: DES MOINS State: IA
Booked: 07/08/2011 13:20
Charge: 18-18-405(2)(A)(I). SALE/MFG/DIST/CONT S X Arresting Agency: BCSO
Sentence Start Date: 08/05/2011 Sentence Length: 90 Days


This is their sales manager
2985 days ago by Anonymous
What a frickin joke. Union is a chop shop that used to be Incline ran by Mike Mackenzie or Mackenzy or Mire Mackenzie or Mackenzie Mires. He has a lot of names that he goes by. They work out of a crappy building in a strip mall type setting. Their whole floor is driven by drug use as you can see what their sales manager got in trouble for in July. LOSERS

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