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First Class Tax Relief

Excellent Weekend Hours, A BBB Score

Our Score
2.9
User Score
1.0

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Our Score
2.9
User Score
1.0
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Case by case basis
Undisclosed

Time in Business

total # of years
2003

NR

Services

Variety of services offered
6/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
None

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
No

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
1

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Review Last Updated: October 27, 2016

First Class Tax Relief Overview

National Tax Relief is an affiliate of Washington Tax Services headquartered in Seattle, Washington and specializes in a wide range of tax debt solutions for individual taxpayers and businesses across the nation and overseas.

Rank Chart
Price (flat-fee)
Time in Business
Our Score

#1

$2,500-3,000
1997
9.4

#2

$2,000-5,000
2010
8.9

#3

$1,500-2,500+
2001
8.4

#46
First Class Tax Relief logo

Undisclosed
2003
2.9

The Good

First Class Tax Relief employs Tax Attorneys, CPAs, and enrolled agents with over 70 years of combined experience in order to help increase the efficacy of the tax relief process. The company also has its origins in a CPA firm, suggesting they know how to work with taxes and can help with audit defense and tax court situations as well. Benefits of the First Class Tax Relief service include:

Features:

First Class Tax Relief highlights include:

  • Free consultation
  • A BBB rating
  • CPA’s, Tax Attorney’s, and Federally Enrolled agents assisting cases

Free Consultation:

Free consultations are offered to determine the best plan of action to solve tax burden in accordance with IRS regulation, and taxpayers may find relief in this company’s long hours of operation, including weekend hours.

Services:

FCTR provide an extensive list of services sure to help anyone, or any small business, in search of tax related relief. They are able to tackle anything from unfiled tax returns, tax prep help, settling back taxes, to small business tax relief and corporate taxes and issues.

OIC:

While Offers in Compromise are difficult to attain, due to strict regulations set forth by the IRS, this company demonstrates how they can assist in having an OIC granted. Upon calling for the free consultation, they analyze the financial situation thoroughly in order to determine if this plan is worth approaching. In a lengthy list found on the company website, they have illustrated each of the OIC’s their company has helped tax payers attain.

Pricing Structure:

Pricing for their services is based on a flat-fee and strictly dependent on which services are required to solve tax debt, which is industry standard.

The Bad

The First Class Tax Relief system has helped numerous taxpayers fight off the IRS and save money on tax penalties. That being said, there are some drawbacks to their service as well. These limitations include the following items:

Accreditations:

Consumers can appreciate a company holding memberships with professional organizations such as the American Bar Association or the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, yet this company does not hold these. While they do hold some memberships, we would like to see a tax relief company go above and beyond as a way of gaining client trust.

Pricing Transparency:

In addition, FCTR does not offer a clear pricing structure. As researchers, we understand pricing for various services differ; however, in many cases companies assess an initial flat fee for investigative services, then apply an additional flat fee for the service required to resolve the tax issue – this company was not transparent when approached with this concern. We would also like to see more transparency regarding their refund policy. In many instances, taxpayers discover an alternative method by working directly with the IRS after enrolled with a company, and a refund policy set in place would give an additional boost toward client trust.

Questions Regarding Staff:

A beneficial offering for clients would be to include attorney, CPA, and EA bios on their website as it allows visitors to see who will be assisting them with their cases and, again, builds trust while assuring taxpayers they are in good hands.

The Bottom Line

First Class Tax Relief is responsive when handing client complaints and they conduct their business with professionalism and integrity. There are some concerns regarding their lack of professional associations and memberships, along with unclear pricing and refund policies. Taking advantage of their free consultation to determine whether they can help solve your tax burden at an affordable price may be a start in your resolution process, but overall we recommend visiting some of our top recommended companies.

More Info:

BBB rating

First Class Tax Relief has an A with the Better Business Bureau. Has been accredited since 07/2012

Time in Business

First Class Tax Relief has been in business since 2001.

Price

The amount due depends upon the complexity of the case and the amount owed to the IRS, which seems to be industry standard. Each case is different and requires a different plan of action to resolve. In order to determine the best pricing for your situation, we suggest calling in for a free consultation.

Up-front Fees

Unknown.

Services Offered

First Class Tax Relief offers the following services, with an emphasis on tax settlement:

  • Unfiled Tax Returns
  • Setting up payment plans for back taxes
  • State tax debt
  • State sales tax issues
  • Offers in Compromise
  • Asset Seizure
  • Small business tax help
  • IRS tax lien
  • Settle back taxes
  • Corporate taxes
  • Revenue Officer help
  • Tax preparation
  • Wage Garnishment and Lien Release
  • Business Tax Issues
  • Tax Collection Appeals
  • Filing for Innocent Spouse relief
  • Payroll taxes
  • Customized tax planning

Tax Attorney on Staff

First Class Tax Relief has tax attorneys.

CPA on Staff

Yes. They started as a CPA firm.

Professional Association

They are not members of any professional organizations.

Enrolled Agent

First Class Tax Relief has been based in different states and can operate nationally, meaning that some of their employees are likely EAs.

Refund Policy

Unknown

Minimum Tax Debt Accepted

Because FCTR offers a broad spectrum of services for taxpayers with small to large amounts of debt, there is no minimum debt amount required to be enrolled; however, some services may require a minimum amount which can be further discussed and determined via a free financial assessment.

Contact Information

Email:

Email form on website.

Address:

2656 South Loop West Suite #430

Houston, TX 77054

Business Hours:

Sunday-Monday, 8 am to 7 pm.

Any Additional Notes

This company has been doing tax consultations and other services for over ten years.

On their website, they list some of the wage levy and garnishment relief services that they offer, the small business tax prep services that they offer and the customizable tax relief consultations and other services that they can provide for businesses.

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    April 27th, 2016 Wichita, KS
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    very un happy. took my money and havnt done anything but freeze garnishments. all i want is this done and over i keep getting passed off to another person.
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Our Score
2.9
User Score
1.0
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Case by case basis
Undisclosed

Time in Business

total # of years
2003

NR

Services

Variety of services offered
6/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
None

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
No

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BDC
1
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