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Authority Tax Services is a tax representation and mediation company with headquarters in Irvine, California. The company is the tax services division of Wayne R. Johnson & Associates. The company, which is owned and operated by tax attorneys, was launched in 2009. On its website, it claims to have an A+ rating with the BBB, but its membership has been revoked and currently has an F rating.

What Services does Authority Tax Services Offer?

Authority Tax services offers in-house tax representation and mediation services. It has tax attorneys and enrolled members on its staff, so it can fully represent customers before the IRS. It also offers clients the option of filing their taxes. Currently, Authority Tax Services is not accepting new clients. According to an announcement on its website, the company is focusing on servicing its current clients before it takes on additional customers.

How Does Authority Tax Services Work?

Customers can contact Authority Tax Services by phone or email and provide their contact details. A customer service representative will call and provide a free tax consultation to evaluate what tax relief options are available. In cases where tax relief is an option, customers will need to retain the services of Authority Tax Services. Once fees have been paid, Authority Tax Services starts negotiating a settlement with the IRS.

What Negotiation Options Does Authority Tax Services Explore?

Authority Tax Services claims to look into 47 different IRS solutions for its clients. We can only assume these include the usual suspects: offer in compromise, installment agreement, innocent spouse relief, currently not collectible, penalty and interest abatement, levy and garnishment release, bankruptcy and expiration.

What is Authority Tax Services' Fee Schedule?

As with most tax relief companies, Authority Tax Services varies its fees depending on the complexity and debt amount on each case. The company does not provide a detailed fee schedule., but client representatives of Authority Tax Services have quoted us fees ranging from $2,200 to $5,200 for cases with a $50,000 tax liability. For Authority Tax Services to start working on your case, you will need to provide a significant initial payment and the entire balance within two months.

Which States Does Authority Tax Services Operate In?

Authority Tax Services claims to operate in all 50 states.

How is Authority Tax Services Better/Worse Than Other Tax Relief Companies?

Authority Tax Services is owned and operated by tax attorneys and employs enrolled agents, which is a good sign in an industry plagued by enthusiastic amateurs. It is also a medium-sized company with five years' experience, which should provide confidence to potential customers.

However, Authority Tax Services has been revoked by the BBB and has an F rating; partly because customer complaints about their cases being abandoned once they have paid their fees have gone unanswered. It's worth noting that Authority Tax Services does not have a refund policy. In any case, the company is currently not taking on new customers.

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This company is a sham. I was told I would get help and they resolved my issue by telling me I had to pay the full amount owed. For this service they charged me $3800.00.

If I could give them 0 stars I would. They will not return my calls!

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We hired Authority Tax Service to assist us in reducing our tax liability of approximately $80,000. The sales pitch was such that we really felt like they would get or taxes owed reduced by 50%. At first they would contact me about once a week to give us status reports.

After a number of months went by the status calls came less often. It was at the point where I was calling them for status. Eventually the calls stopped all together and they were not taking my calls. (I assume they ... had caller ID because they never answered my calls).

I decided to call the IRS myself once I received a notice from the IRS that they were going to start liening my assets. To my surprise Authority Tax Service had only called them once in 4 months and that was to let the IRS know that I was filing a correction to my taxes! The IRS agent then told me that the IRS does not reduce the tax liability unless something catastrophic has happened.

So because of this ripoff joint my taxes with penalties and fines went up by another $20,000 dollars! Please do not use these people! They are crooked and so unethical.

Best part, we paid our taxes current using money from my retirement account and these idiots at Authority Tax service called me last week to let me know they are still working on my account!
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