Soaked with debt and consumer complaints, the tax mega-giant, JK Harris, has filed for bankruptcy and has ceased operations.  Read my article on the particulars.  Don't get fooled by these out of state outfits promising to end your tax problems!

The failed JK Harris experiment teaches Oklahomans the following 3 things:

1. Out-of-state salesmen, like JK Harris, are a dime a dozen when it comes to promising big, delivering small (or not at all), on tax resolution.  It seems a new outfit pops up where one leaves off.  Should Tax Masters, Inc. buy up the few assets JK Harris may have at the end of bankruptcy, we can expect the trend to continue.  I predict that Tax Masters will suffer the same fate at the hands of the consumers and various state attorneys general that JK Harris has within the next 3 years.  In this regard, class-action lawyers are actively seeking members to go after Tax Masters.  This means more consumers will likely be left holding the bag at the end of the day;

2.These out-of-state salesmen spend boat loads of money (in the billions) capitalizing on vulnerable taxpayers through a barrage of advertising;

3. IRS problems are a highly emotional, and often devastating, event in a person's life.  You are much more prone to give into high pressure, high emotion, rose-colored sales techniques when the IRS is bearing down on you.  Do not forget to do your homework!  It should come as no surprise to you that many of these outfits have Grade D or F Ratings with the Better Business Bureau;

The best choice you can make when hiring someone to help you through tax problems is to choose a local, licensed professional.  Attorneys are at the top of this list because they can file a lawsuit on your behalf if you are not getting results through the normal channels at the IRS.  Not all attorneys are created equal in this regard, however.  Choose one that practices before the IRS daily.  Call Travis Watkins at 405-607-1192 in OKC or 918-877-2794 in Tulsa or 1-800-721-7054, 24 hours a day.  We are local, licensed and experienced with the IRS' tactics and procedures.
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