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Associated Tax Relief
30th of Dec, 2010 by User361203
Reading all of these comments about these con artists bring back so much anger and regret. It's like pulling the bandage off my heart all over again. These people are the scum of the earth!!! All I had to do was a simple Google search on these phonies and none of this would have happened. My dilemma started back in March 2009!!! and I still haven't received any resolution. I heard their ad on a radio station one morning and I decided to call the 800 number. I spoke to this young salesman named Sam "Mother F'er" Anderson and he asked me the same BS questions and 5 mins into it, I was the perfect candidate. He set up a meeting a few days later in Los Angeles and I came to the building. I should have seen the red flags when it was a 17 floor building and they were the only floor that had specific instructions for the security to not let anyone up without someone from there office coming down and escorting them. I'm sure this was to prevent people like me going postal on them a few months later. Anyways, when I entered the office, which looked like anything but a professional establishment, I was joined by the salesman, Sam Anderson and the so-called "man that worked for the IRS for 20 years before coming to work at Associated Tax Relief as a TAX ATTORNEY, Mark "SCUMBAG" Benjamin. These 2 phonies not only told me that they were "Tax Attorneys," which they're nothing close of, but they also guaranteed that they can save me $8,000 to $12,000. They were so sure that they could save me the money that they kept advertising a full money back guarantee. I was very skeptical so they gave me something in writing, (which later I realized means absolutely nothing). So months and months passed by and I had completed that stupid packet that they had sent me, Which took about 6 hours of my time for nothing. I started receiving threatening letters from the IRS which Sam Anderson had told me to ignore, which I did over and over again until luckily I spoke to an actual person of knowledge (not associated with ATR) who told me that ATR was scamming me and to definitely not ignore the letters. I then called the IRS and much to my surprise they had no record of anyone working on my behalf and I then set up an installment plan with the IRS on my own in order to avoid levies and freezing assets. At this point, we were 7 months in (October 2009) and that is when I did a Google search to find out that Associated Tax Relief (ATR) were con artists. I immediately called Sam Anderson and told him that we needed to talk and that I was going to come in on Monday. Monday, I attempted to go in, but was stopped by security and told I would not be admitted upstairs and that Sam Anderson was not there. I was literally downstairs and on the phone with ATR for 45 minutes before they agreed to let me come upstairs. Once upstairs, I met with Mark "SCUMBAG" Benjamin and Michelle (someone in the resolution dept). When I told Mark of our initial agreement of a money back guarantee, both Mark and Michelle looked at me like I was crazy and denied that they ever had a policy like that. A few minutes later I confronted Mark about being an Attorney and working for the IRS, which he also denied. All he was was a SCUMBAG CON-ARTIST that deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars and I hope to God that the $3500 he made off of me he spends on law suits and medical bills!!!! At this point, I was told by Michelle, that an Offer and Compromise would not be accepted by the IRS because I am still young, have assets and make a decent living. I told her that I was in the same financial position when I first came in and was told that I would qualify (FOR SURE) by Mark and Sam. She pretty much told me that what I had paid for was the service which they had done and that I would not get refunded anything. I tried to reason with her and she then told me that she would try to atleast do an abatement of the interest, which can save me around $2,000. I thought at that point to cut my loses and cooperate with her to atleast get a $2,000 resolution. This procedure was supposed to take at most 1-3 months. This started Oct 2009, 15 MONTHS AGO!!! I've called Associated Tax Relief atleast 30 times in the last 15 months, only to get harassed, laughed at, and hung up on. Soon as they find out my name, the joking begins. They've even put me on speaker and made jokes and all laughed at my frustrations. I just called in a week ago to see what's going on, and after 30 minutes of holding for Michelle, she didn't even have the decency to come on the line. Instead she had some doucebag come on the line and say that they just contacted the IRS and that the IRS has no record of the docs, so they will have to resubmit for an interest abatement. Are you F'in kidding me!!! You mean to tell me that after 15 months of waiting for something that was supposed to take 1-3 months, we have to start all over!!! How could these people still be in business!!! So to summarize everything, 1yr and 10 months into it, I haven't gotten anywhere. I have decided to spend double the amount of money I gave to these thieves in lawyer fees, just to help bring these people down. SAM ANDERSON, MARK BENJAMIN, MICHELLE- I BELIEVE IN KARMA A-HOLES!!!! WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND!!!!!!

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