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In Business Since 2009, A+ BBB Rating

Our Score
4.1
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Our Score
4.1
User Score
5.0
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Case by case basis
Undisclosed

Time in Business

total # of years
2009

A+

Services

Variety of services offered
7/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
Some

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
No

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
2

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Review Last Updated: June 29, 2016

Blue Tax is based out of Encino, California. They are bonded and licensed to work in all 50 United States.  While they offer many additional services, tax relief is their specialty.

Rank Chart
Price (flat-fee)
Time in Business
Review

#1

$2,500-3,000
1997

#2

$2,000-5,000
2010

#3

$1,500-2,500+
2001

#25
blue_tax

Undisclosed
2009

The Good

Blue Tax offers many additional services to tax relief, including bookkeeping and payroll. However, their main priority is tax relief services. Blue Tax provides solutions to tax issues that result in bankruptcy, which many companies are unable to offer.

The company understands that not all cases are alike and so there is no cookie cutter approach when it comes to how they tackle tax debt. A free consultation is offered to assess each individual case and provide a plan of action in how to deal with the IRS. A team of tax attorney’s, Enrolled Agents, and CPA’s are available to ensure proper tax codes are enforced to render a positive outcome for clients. Four team members are dedicated to each case, providing client’s peace of mind when it comes to finding relief from their tax burden.

The company provides social media outlets to help consumers get up to par on tax related issues. Available sources are weekly posts to Facebook and Twitter.

Highlights of Blue Tax’s tax relief services include:

  • Each case gets a dedicated team of four or more
  • A+ BBB rating
  • CPA’s, Enrolled Agents, and Tax Attorney’s on staff
  • Licensed in all 50 states

The Bad

Our biggest concern lies within the length of time the company has been operating. Blue Tax launched their business in 2104, meaning they only have one year of business experience under their belt. This should not be deemed as a reason to exclude consideration of services, it leaves a lot to question on how satisfied consumers are and how well they conduct business.

After thorough research and communication with company representatives, we found Blue Tax does not hold any professional memberships, certifications, or accreditations with some of the nation’s top tax agencies. While they hold accreditation with the BBB, we would like to see them retain affiliations with associations such as the American Bar Association (ABA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) to name a few.

Another one of our concerns is their lack of transparency in their pricing structure, as well as a refund policy. They offer general information pertaining to price such as “half of the fee is due up-front,” although representatives were unable to provide our team with any sort of ballpark figure. When inquiring about policies pertaining to refunds, again, they were unable to provide even a simple range or allotted amount of days before backing out. All-in-all, there isn’t really a refund policy – each case will be determined based on representatives and dynamics surrounding the reason for a refund.

In addition, the company would do well to provide updated articles to their blog as a way to assist their clients, and the general public, become more aware of how the tax world works. The latest blog post is dated almost a year ago, although the information in posts is valuable.

The Bottom Line

Blue Tax has a solid A+ BBB rating, although their response to consumer complaints lacks professionalism. They are able to provide services across the nation and are bonded in each state and with the IRS, but overall we cannot recommend them. Their lack of accreditations and overall transparency concern us. While they have national recognition, it seems they spend more time getting their name out there than providing services to their customers, or any solid education benefit. We recommend taking a look at our top companies to find a service to suit your needs.

Price

Blue Tax offers a free consultation to accurately assess the tax status of callers. A professional representative may offer a plan to help relieve tax burden, although they don’t offer payment plans. After our team of researchers inquired about their fee-matrix, it was determined that each case varies and in order to determine even a simple ballpark range, consumers must call in and breakdown their dilemma to consultants.

Minimum Tax Debt Accepted

The company requires taxpayers to have a minimum amount of $10,000+; however, they are able to assist with unfiled tax returns with lower amounts.

Time In Business

Blue Tax has been in business since 2014.

BBB Rating

Blue Tax has been accredited with the BBB since 2010, although they have only been operating on a national scale since 2014. They have received an ‘A+’ rating. 13 complaints have been closed in the past 3 years with 5 of them closed in the past 12 months. 11 of the complaints have been filed under “Problems with Product/Service.” After a thorough review of the consumer complaints and business response, we found the company would do well to respond in a more professional manner. Many of the complaints and responses seemed to trek along the lines of name calling and mud-slinging.

Types of Services Available

Blue Tax is able to help individuals and businesses find solutions to the tax issues outlined below:

  • Tax Debt
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Tax Prep
  • Audit Presentation
  • Estate Taxes
  • Tax in Bankruptcy
  • Free Tax Tools
  • And More

Tax Attorney on Staff

Yes

Professional Associations

They are not members of any professional associations.

Enrolled Agent on Staff

Yes

Free Consultation

Yes, they offer a free consultation to help you better understand your tax debt situation and your best path to get out of it.

Refund Policy

They don’t have a refund policy in place and expressed to our research team that each case varies. Clients are free to cancel the program at any time; however, it is not guaranteed any refunds will be paid back. Before signing any contract, it would be wise to ensure all aspects of the program, pricing structure, and/or refund policies are clearly defined.

Up-Front Fees

No.  As stated above, there is no up-front fee and consultations are free.

Contact Information

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Address:

8236 Remett Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91304

Business Hours:

6:00 am – 6:00 pm PST

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    May 26th, 2015 Everett, WA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I was told they thought my case looked good for settling with the IRS. Not only did I end up paying all fines and fees, but I paid Blue Tax thousands of dollars on top that. So I’m paying more than I owed. Thanks for nothing.
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    November 9th, 2014 San Jacinto, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I owed several thousand dollars to the IRS, due to my own stupidity. Blue Tax entered an offerl in compromise for $10.00. The IRS accepted. Danny Munoz at Blue Tax kept the ball rolling.
    Thank you, Blue Tax. I couldn’t have done it without you.
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Our Score
4.1
User Score
5.0
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Case by case basis
Undisclosed

Time in Business

total # of years
2009

A+

Services

Variety of services offered
7/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
Some

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
No

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
2
Our Score
9.4
User Score
8.9
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

flat fee, paid monthly
$2,500-3,000

Time in Business

total # of years
1997

A+

Services

Variety of services offered
10/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
Yes

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
Yes

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
257