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US Tax Professionals

Owned by US Tax Shield, $10,000 Minimum Debt

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Price

Case by case basis
Unknown

Time in Business

total # of years
Unknown

NR

Services

Variety of services offered
6/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
ABA

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
No

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Review Last Updated: June 29, 2016

US Tax Professionals is based out of California and provides service in 48 states, with the exclusion of Colorado and Oregon residents.

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

#50
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The Good

US Tax Professionals’ website is simply a landing page and more information is provided on USTaxShield.com, which is another name the company operates under.

Free 15-minute consultations are offered to determine the best approach to tax resolution. Although it is hard to estimate the cost of services before completing a full investigation, the price quoted is fixed and will not change once a program has been offered.

US Tax Professionals will contact the IRS to determine the best tax relief solution before asking taxpayers to commit to any service agreement. If the company cannot be of sound assistance, they will still offer advice on how consumers may solve the issue on their own, which is an added bonus.

Few highlights are worth mention with US Tax Professionals:

  • Free Consultation
  • Flat Fee rates

The Bad

US Tax Professionals is an affiliate of US Tax Shield and it is easier to go directly to the source, especially because USTP offers very little information on via their company website. We would like to see more company transparency regarding this, and a possible link to the parent company, in order to relieve taxpayers the research to find this information out.

In addition, this company will not accept cases unless they have verification that situations have a high chance of success. If taking advantage of the free consultation, they will contact the IRS to determine your qualifications and the best debt solution for your individual needs; however, the apparent inconsistencies and lack of organization may make it harder to work with this company.

We also have concerns with the company’s lack of memberships with professional organizations. While they hold memberships with the American Bar Association, due to their employment of tax attorneys, we would also like to see companies reach out to become members of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as they also employ EA’s and CPA’s. Other organizations include the ASTPS and NATP. Each of these organizations requires companies and individuals to study and pass certification exams which serve as proof the companies are holding to the ethical and honest business practices.

Many consumers appreciate a company’s willingness to go above and beyond in offering educational resources and tools, but this company, via their US Tax Professionals portal, does nothing to education consumers on how to strengthen their financial fitness, which is an aspect we would like to see extended. In addition, they have a social media presence, although taxpayers may be disappointed that they do little to keep them updated. The Facebook link on the homepage is broken, and the Twitter Account has not been updated since 2013.

The Bottom Line

Overall, we are unable to recommend this company to struggling taxpayers. They offer little company transparency and do little to educate consumers on finances, and gives a feel they may treat clients as numbers rather than individuals. They are not affiliated with the BBB and hold no other memberships with professional organizations, other than the American Bar Association, which gives it a little more safety. We also recommend visiting our top rated companies.

Price

The price varies depending on your particular debt situation. You must complete a consultation and provide the tax consultant with all of your information, and then you must allow time for the company to contact the IRS. Once they have determined the amount of work your case will require, they will give a price quote.

Minimum Tax Debt Accepted

You must have a debt of $10,000 or more to work with this company.

Time In Business

Unable to find

BBB Rating

This company currently has no BBB rating.

Types of Services Available

US Tax Professionals can assist in tax settlement by helping you to submit an Offer In Compromise (OIC) to the IRS. A tax debt consultant will listen to your case and assess what tax relief solution is right for your particular situation. If you do not qualify for an Offer In Compromise, you will be directed to another option or given advice on how you can resolve the issue yourself.

In addition to Offer In Compromise, services offered include:

  • Release of wage garnishments and bank levies
  • Penalty abatements
  • Installment agreement negotiations
  • And More

CPA on Staff

Yes

Tax Attorney on Staff

Yes

Professional Associations

Only the American Bar Associations (ABA). This company does not have any memberships or affiliations with any other associations.

Enrolled Agent on Staff

Yes. US Tax Professionals has an enrolled agent on staff that is qualified to work in almost all 50 states. However, this company cannot service Colorado or Oregon residents.

Free Consultation

Yes, they offer a free consultation.

Refund Policy

There isn’t a specific refund policy, but this company will not accept your case if they don’t see a chance for success. Once you complete a free consultation, a company representative will call the IRS to verify the eligibility of your case before allowing you to use their services. If they practice the same refund policy the parent company offers, refunds are based on any preliminary work that has been done. Each case will vary. Their Price Protection Guarantee promises that the price quoted is the price paid. There is a cancellation policy included in the Service Agreement. However, details will vary with each client.

Up-Front Fees

The price of service and up-front fees are included in the price quote that is offered after your case has been reviewed. Although it is hard to gauge the price of service until you’ve completed a consultation, US Tax Professionals guarantees that your price quote is fixed and cannot be subject to change once you’ve entered into a service agreement. This means there won’t be any unexpected charges or sudden change in price.

Contact Information

E-Mail:

[email protected]

Address:

US Tax Professionals

8939 S. Sepulveda Boulevard Suite 102

Los Angeles, California 90045

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday

6am-6pm PST

 

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Our Score
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Case by case basis
Unknown

Time in Business

total # of years
Unknown

NR

Services

Variety of services offered
6/10

CPA

CPA on staff?
Yes

Tax Attorney

Tax Attorney on staff?
Yes

Associations

Professional Association Members
ABA

Enrolled Agent

Certified by U.S Government
Yes

Refund Policy

Is there a refund policy?
No

Number of Reviews

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0
Our Score
9.4
User Score
8.9
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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