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Blue Tax Review. Hiding From Public. But Why?

Recently I heard from a fellow web owner at DebtorsUnite.com about a tax relief company called Blue Tax.

Apparently his article, “Can Blue Tax Really Settle My Tax Debt?,” got the attention of the Blue Tax people and they want him to take down his post or revise it.

Ken Long, who wrote the original article had said, “They make amazing claims that they can eliminate penalties and reduce your tax debt. There is a problem with their approach: some of their claims cross the line of what is considered fair advertising.”

I’d have to agree with Ken that the statements in the commercial certainly have my radar up. At the very least these blanket statements give the impression that all clients of Blue tax get these results.

If the settlement shown is not typical then in my book it would be deceptive. Blue Tax is very silent on how many consumers have received such settlements. If the settlement shown was not the average of all enrolled consumers into their service then I’d have to say the statement is misleading as well.

The other screen captures, above, from the commercial certainly give the impression that all collection calls will be stopped, and bank levies and wage garnishments will be removed for all clients. – Source

Blue Tax Television Commercial

Here is one of the commercials run by Blue Tax. – Source

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpQL8dS-1bY

Blue Tax Concerns

One area of the Blue Tax website that has me concerned is the fact they are not forthcoming about their business location. – Source

Even the contact us page does not list a physical street address, yet they want consumers to feel comfortable disclosing and sending in sensitive financial data. – Source, Source

The lack of an address sent me researching

The Blue Tax California Corporate registration says:

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Entity Name: BLUE TAX, INC.
Entity Number: C3229692
Date Filed: 09/15/2009
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 3440 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 1100
Entity City, State, Zip: LOS ANGELES CA 90010
Agent for Service of Process: REGISTERED AGENT SOLUTIONS, INC.
Agent Address: 1220 S ST STE 150
Agent City, State, Zip: SACRAMENTO CA 95811

But Google reports “This place is permanently closed” when you do a search for Blue Tax at that address.

So I took a look at their domain registration to see if that could give me a better address for them.

Here is what that uncovered:

BlueTaxInc.com
Created on: 25-Sep-09

Domain is owned by:
Richard Lopez
3600 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1716
Los Angeles, California 90010

That address appears to actually belong to:

Edgardo Lopez Law Office
3600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1716
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Servicios Legales Del Abogado Edgardo Lopez
3600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1716
Los Angeles, CA 90010

R & J Legal Service
3600 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1716
Los Angeles , CA 90010

I Reached Out to Blue Tax And they Refused to Give Me an Address

I reached out to Blue Tax and asked them for their physical street address. You can see the chat below.

Transcript

Steve: What is your physical business address?
livehelpadmin: we are in los angeles, how can I help you?
Steve: What is the physical street address where the office is located? It’s not on your website.
livehelpadmin: may i ASK FOR WHAT PURPOSES? wE GET A LOT OF UNWANTED SOLICITATION
livehelpadmin: sorry about caps
Steve: So I can know where you are located. It does not say on your website.
livehelpadmin: I understand that. Do you have a tax problem?
livehelpadmin: ok, good luck. Sounds like you are selling something
Steve: Actually I have an address problem. I’m trying to figure out if you are legit but you keep avoiding the very simple question.
livehelpadmin: call me on the phone, I will be happy tospeak to you.
Steve: The fact that you are unwilling to tell me where you are located makes my radar go up that you are not legit. Last chance. What’s your physical street address, please.
livehelpadmin: well, my radar is beeping “SALES GUY, SALES GUY” STay away
livehelpadmin: if you would like to speak seriously, feel free to give me a call and we can talk about your tax problem.
livehelpadmin: my instincts seem to be correct
livehelpadmin: good luck
livehelpadmin: we are not interested

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Why the Hide and Seek?

So between the over the top sales claims and the fact they are not willing to disclose where they are really located, my scam radar is going off big time.

From what I’ve seen, I’m going to have to agree with Ken Long on this one, something doesn’t appear kosher.

Sincerly,
Steve

You are not alone. I'm here to help. There is no need to suffer in silence. We can get through this. Tomorrow can be better than today. Don't give up.


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