Many unscrupulous tax debt settlement companies use the legitimate IRS offer-in-compromise process to swindle consumers. Tax relief companies are some of the companies most complained about by consumers by consumers. I do not doubt their horrible ratings! As a tax attorney, I have received countless calls from taxpayers who previously fell victim to scam tax relief companies claiming they could resolve any tax issue through the IRS tax debt settlement program, the Offer-In-Compromise.
My conversations with clients previously cheated by these companies gave me the following indicators of when a tax relief company may not be legitimate: