Community Tax is a tax consultancy firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The company, which was launched in 2010 by Jacob Dayan and Matthew DiRaimondo, is a BBB accredited business with an A+ rating. Community Tax employs tax attorneys, CPAs, and tax specialists and is, therefore, able to deal with complex personal and business tax issues.

What Services does Community Tax Relief Offer?

Community Tax Relief is a full-service tax mediation firm that provides consulting services for all types of tax issues. The company can help with income tax preparation, tax extensions, IRS audit defense, delinquent payroll taxes, bank levies, wage garnishments and tax penalties.

How Does Community Tax Relief Work?

Community Tax Relief uses a two-stage process when dealing with clients' cases. First, it investigates clients' finances and compares them to their tax records. Once it is clear a client qualifies for tax debt mitigation, Community Tax Relief designs a tax preparation and resolution plan to minimize tax liability. Unlike many companies, Community Tax Relief does not have a $10,000 minimum tax liability threshold. Taxpayers with all types of tax liability are considered.

What Negotiation Options Does Community Tax Relief Explore?

Community Tax Relief claims to look into all possible negotiation options and tax relief programs. These include debt settlements, offers in compromise, penalty, abatement, and customized tax solutions.

What is Community Tax Relief's Fee Schedule?

As with most tax relief companies, Community Tax Relief does not advertise a fee schedule for its services. It only quotes hard figures once clients call and provide details on their specific tax issues and circumstances. However, their billing procedure mirrors their two-stage resolution process. Community Tax relief requires a $499 flat fee before it will evaluate a client's tax debt and will then charge an additional flat fee based on the complexity of the case. The customer representatives we spoke to told us the initial flat fee is refundable in cases where tax mitigation is not an option, but this claim is not in writing. Fees can be paid in interest-free installments.

Which States Does Community Tax Relief Operate In?

Community Tax Relief operates in all 50 states.

How is Community Tax Relief Better/Worse Than Other Tax Relief Companies?

Community Tax employs tax attorneys and CPAs, as well as tax specialists. It's accredited by the BBB, has an A+ rating and only four complaints – all closed – in the last 12 months. It is affiliated with the Illinois CPA Society, the National Association of Tax Resolution Companies, the National Association of Tax Professionals and the American Association of Tax Problem Solvers. It also considers the cases of taxpayers with smaller tax debt amounts, instead of precluding taxpayers with tax liabilities of less than $10,000.

However, Community Tax Relief charges an upfront fee of $495 to evaluate a tax liability case and it doesn't have a written return policy for its upfront fees.

  • Minimum Tax Debt Required
  • Flexible Payments
  • No Retainer Fee
  • Average Fees
  • CPAs On Staff
  • Enrolled Agents On Staff
  • Tax Attorneys On Staff
  • In-House Servicing
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Community Tax was very helpful in the beginning. They answered all of my questions, and concerns. After I paid my $600 for my case to start, nobody contacted me about my case. They were helpful before they took my money. Now I want a refund and handle my tax problems on my own, and they keep saying someone will call me but never do. I feel like the same way they contacted me before they took my money, they should at least follow up with me. I haven't heard anything. ... Very disappointed in this company. More Less

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to Chris Hartford, Esther and the Community Tax team. Hearing your radio ad is the best ad I ever heard! I am currently awaiting a response from the IRS on the last leg of resolving my tax issues! I wish I had the foresight to seek assistance years earlier!! I do not have the statistics Esther quoted me, however, no dollar amount can be placed on your efforts to assist me in my time of need nor your willingness to work with me and my ... individual circumstances!!! Thank you ever so much for your aid and intervention! I am now and eternally grateful and thankful to have the weight of this unavoidable obstacle nearing completion! You made "death and taxes" bearable. :) I was not always able to "smile" about the matter; now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I have and will continue to share / recommend your services to anyone facing IRS debt they cannot seem to manage! Respectfully yours, Carmen Payne Los Angeles, CA More Less

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I was told that I would be refunded the fee for the investigation of my situation if they found that they couldn't help me. I'm still not sure if they're going to be able to help me, but of course, they long ago got my money. I'm a little worried at this point. Hopefully someone will get back to me soon and let me know that they are working on my tax problem!

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I know all legit tax relief places file a power of attorney to be able to talk to the IRS on your behalf, but that just totally freaks me out. I have consented for it to happen, and they have gotten a lot of info about what I'm going to have to do to get this debt paid off. It's working out okay. I just have to get over them looking into my financial stuff. No way around it!

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They have an interesting model with a fixed fee for all cases. I couldm't get any clarity from the representative on what to expect though. They couldn't convince me on their expertise, it sounded like they will try for something that they cannot guarantee.

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