Clear Creek is a tax resolution firm based in Louisville, Colorado. It was launched in 2004 and has an A- rating with the BBB. The company claims to have five tax attorney teams and a staff of more than 100 employees.
Clear Creek is a full-service tax consultancy and mediation company that can assist with anything from preparing unfiled tax returns to negotiating for tax debt mitigation. The company focuses on providing protection from tax levies, wage garnishments and tax liens.
Clear Creek provides customers with a free 15-minute consultation to assess their eligibility for tax mitigation services and create a personalized tax defense plan. Each case is managed by a team of tax experts under a tax attorney. Clients can contact Clear Creek by phone, using its website's chat room or by filling an online form. Only taxpayers with $10,000 or more in tax liability are considered. Eligible clients must sign a power of attorney before Clear Creek will start processing their case.
Clear Creek claims to look into all possible tax mitigation. Its strategy is divided into proactive and defensive steps. Proactive steps include creating a corporate structure that protects businesses from creditors and allocating assets in a way that prevents individuals from having their bank accounts levied or their wages garnished. If the IRS or state tax authorities have already started collection measures against taxpayers, Clear Creek takes defensive steps to lift levies and garnishments and negotiate an equitable solution. Negotiation options include installment agreements, penalty abatement and certificates of discharge.
Clear Creek does not have a fee schedule or pricing guideline on its website. However, they do provide a broad estimate of fees on the initial call. We were quoted between $2,000 and $4,000 for a $50,000 tax liability case. On another occasion, we were asked for a $2,500 upfront fee for a similar $50k tax liability case.
Clear Creek Services claims to operate in all 50 states.
Clear Creek has over 15 years' experience in the tax mediation business. It employs tax attorneys, has a staff of over 100 employees, and an A- rating with the BBB. Its prices are on the high side, but tax relief companies that hire tax attorneys generally charge higher fees, which is understandable.
However, Clear Creek does have a sketchy history with the BBB. In 2012 and 2013 it had a C- rating and many customers complain about its aggressive marketing and its use of bait and switch techniques when it comes to quoting fees. Clear Creek requires a large upfront fee and does not have a refund policy; so it is a good idea to get in writing which services are included before you pay any fees.