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October 11, 2010 17:15 ET

FTC Shuts Down American Tax Relief in Beverly Hills for Tax Resolution Scams That Hurt American Citizens

In Direct Contrast, The Tax Resolution Institute in Los Angeles Provides Quality Tax Resolution Services

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 11, 2010) -  American Tax Relief cheated over 20,000 American citizens out of $100 million dollars, the FTC declared in a Federal lawsuit. TV, radio and Internet ads claimed American Tax Relief could quickly settle Federal and State delinquent tax bills for pennies on the dollar. In reality, they did practically nothing beyond stealing money and compounding back tax problems of their innocent clients, leading to a bevy of tax resolution complaints.

Like Roni Deutch, who currently is being sued by the California Attorney General Jerry Brown for over $34 million dollars in response to tax complaints, and J.K. Harris, who had to pay $1.5 million dollars in restitution to angry taxpayers in Illinois in 2008, the American Tax Relief scam damaged both the trust of the American consumer and the reputations of reputable Tax Resolution firms. In direct contrast to the American Tax Relief scam, the Tax Resolution Institute has a sterling record with no complaints with effective tax resolution services offered.

Among other promises, American Tax Relief claimed it could remove tax liens and stop wage garnishments, bank levies, asset seizures and "unbearable monthly payments." The FTC sued husband-and-wife owners Alexander Seung Hahn and Joo Hyun Park, who charged upfront fees of up to $25,000. Consumers have filled online forums with complaints, claiming American Tax Relief stopped answering their calls after they sent in thousands of dollars in fees. David C. Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, explained, "They strung people along, pushed them deeper into a financial hole. The game is over. They've been shut down." Regulators are hoping to force the company to pay restitution to its victims.

The mission of the Tax Resolution Institute is to represent its clients effectively and professionally. With a sterling record, the Tax Resolution Institute is not some "fly by night" sales driven-scam artist tax relief company. TRI helps clients in distress find workable solutions to their back tax debt problems with State and Federal authorities. The tax scams of companies like American Tax Relief need to come to an end. At the Tax Resolution Institute, professional and consistent tax resolution services are offered to achieve real tax relief for the American taxpayer.

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