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Michigan Attorney General warns of tax debt resolution scams

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It may be past tax season, but tax scams can happen any time of the year.

 

The state is warning people to be on the lookout for tax debt resolution scams.

 

 

Megan Hawthorne is a spokesperson for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

 

She said scam companies will ask for a large upfront payment, with no guarantees of an outcome.

 

“They will say we are experienced lawyers, we can settle your tax debt for pennies on the dollar, we can eliminate your interest or any penalties for you, and call our tax experts today for a free consultation. That's a lot of times how it will start.”

 

Hawthorne said to always ask for success stories and a refund policy. She suggested also checking for online reviews of the company

 

“A lot of times they will charge excessive up front fees that won't be refunded, and instead of helping a citizen who may be desperate for some help on their taxes it will just leave them in further debt.”

 

If you think you’ve been a victim of a resolution scam - contact the attorney general’s office.