Washington Tax Services is one of the oldest tax services companies on the market, founded way back in 1989 at a time when there wasn’t much competition. In fact, at that time, people and business with tax problems often had to find a local accountant or attorney to help them. Consequently, they really are pioneers in their industry, and many tax resolution companies have followed in their wake, imitating their early marketing model.
Pioneers of Tax Resolution
A company established in the 1980s is ancient in the world of tax resolution services, which makes Washington Tax Services one of the oldest and most stable businesses you will find. That they have grown and evolved while maintaining a solid reputation. On top of this, they carry an ‘A+’ rating with the BBB.
No Minimum Debt
There is no minimum tax debt for people or businesses seeking help from Washington Tax Services. From tax liens and levies, to offers in compromise, unfiled returns, penalty abatement and payroll tax resolution, they can help with pretty much any tax debt or negotiation problem a customer might have.
They are particularly proud of their blogs, which provide detailed and exhaustive information about a wide range of issues in the tax resolution industry. They offer three blogs, each with a different focus:
- Tax Resolution Talk, which they claim is the best tax services blog in the industry
- The 941 blog, a resource for businesses with tax problems
- Not Just Another Offer in Compromise Website, a blog about the “offer in compromise” tax resolution
Positive Washington Tax Services Reviews
All of the customer reviews for this company on our website are solid 10 out of 10 scores. People seem most impressed with the professional attitude of the staff.
Lack of Professional Accolades & Certificates
Unlike some of their competitors, who boast of their professional accolades, memberships in prestigious industry associations and awards, Washington Tax Services doesn’t really mention any accreditations or accolades.
Only Enrolled Agents
The experts at Washington Tax Services are comprised solely of Enrolled Agents. They don’t have any Tax Attorneys or CPAs on staff. Unfortunately, this might be a limiting factor in the types of expertise they can provide.
No Refund Guarantee
No information about a money-back guarantee is offered. Presumably, if they had a refund offer that was worth mentioning, it would be a selling point.
Like most tax relief companies, WATAX likes to thoroughly assess a tax case before quoting a price. But the prices they do quote are flat fees that won’t change. WATAX will keep working with you until a resolution is made or they have done all that they can as your liaison with the IRS. For example, if the IRS rejects whatever they initially propose (such as an Offer in Compromise or Penalty Abatement), they will prepare an appeal of the resolution for no additional fee. And if the appeal fails, they’ll work on another solution, such as getting your case in uncollectible status. Depending on how long the case has taken and if the appeal rejection was due to client neglect, a reopening or continuation fee may be required, but they want to be fair in taking individual circumstances into account.
Interestingly, WATAX emphasizes that they have clients pay the flat fee in full or over a short period of time. They say that some of their competitors, by contrast, charge monthly payments over a year and use it as an excuse to work slowly on their clients’ cases.
The average fee for their services is $1500.
Minimum Tax Debt Accepted
WATAX makes this determination on a case by case basis, because there are a variety of services they offer as well as a variety of circumstances that can impact a client’s chances of success for relief. However, WATAX assured us that they only charge for services if they will be cost-efficient for the customer—not, for example, if the customer can simply work something out with the IRS.
Time In Business
WATAX was founded in 1989. In fact, to celebrate their 25th year in 2014, they revamped their website—which is now aesthetically pleasing and mobile friendly.
WATAX has an A+ BBB rating and is currently is accredited. The company has received very few complaints and has responded adequately to the complaints that have been filed.
Types of Services Available
- Offer in Compromise
- Currently Non-Collectible Status
- Tax Liens or Levies Lifted
- Wage Garnishments Released
- Affordable IRS Payment Plan Setup
- Balance Due Assistance with IRS Collections
- Unfiled Returns Assistance
- Examination and Audit Support
- Penalty Abatement
- Payroll Tax Resolution
- IRS Research
- State Tax Resolution
- General Questions and Advice
CPA on Staff
Tax Attorney on Staff
National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA).
Enrolled Agent on Staff
Yes, they offer a free consultation to help you understand your specific tax situation a little better, and to help you determine the best path to relief.
50% within 15 days
If you hire WATAX and then change your mind within two weeks, you can get half of your money back. WATAX staff members begin working on cases immediately and expect to be compensated, so it’s best to be fully committed before hiring them.
Varies depending on the service you are receiving.
Jay Freeborne, Enrolled Agent
Marty Griffith, Tax Resolution Expert
2233 1st Avenue South, #202
Seattle, WA 98134
9 am to 5 pm in all US time zones
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