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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44 thoughts on “Blue Tax Review. Hiding From Public. But Why?”

  1. I used to work at Blue Tax. Their old address is 3600 Wilshire and the attorney that stood at that address no longer works for Blue Tax. They are now at 3440 Wilshire Blvd. in LA. on the 11th floor (not the 10th…nice try fake “FormerBlueTaxemployee”). It’s ok for a company to grow and move to a bigger building isn’t it? They do not give their address online because then they would have a line of people in the lobby wasting their time. Same reason celebrities don’t list their phone numbers. Yes, YOU may have a real tax problem…but a lot of people who want to come in Don’t. They don’t qualify for services or they are just plain crazies  who see the commercial and want to talk to MAX. The services they offer can all be handled by email/fax and phone. There is no reason for clients to come into the office except to verify they are physically real. In that case, they will discourage it but will set an appointment for you to come in if you insist. WHEN A CLIENT COMES IN, EVERYONE’S WORK STOPS. Attorney, account manager, and receptionist have to revolve their day around that client’s meeting. The attorneys and tax team are over worked. They do not have time for that. They are busy making 4-hour phone calls for hundreds of cases each, including yours! I left the company under bad circumstances, but I can’t drag their name through the mud because of a personal grudge. This company does amazing things for people…yes, not all results are typical. But that is what you are paying for. You are paying for the best in the business to TRY. Not everyone gets the results they want, but they do get the best POSSIBLE result. Everyone at Blue Tax works their asses off. They stress over the whole nation’s tax debt and they change people’s lives. I admit their BBB rating does not reflect how many people ACTUALLY complain, but it also does not reflect how many positive outcomes they have reached for their clients. No company is perfect. Not even Disneyland can make every customer happy. Their press releases are done by a friend of the company but they are based on actual cases. Thats just business, nothing dishonest about that. IF YOU STILL HAVE A DOUBT…VISIT 3440 WILSHIRE BLVD LA 90010, 11TH FLOOR SUITE 1100.

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    • Uh, they don’t want to give out their address online because they are afraid they will have a line of crazies wanting to talk to the cartoon commercial character? Max seems a little full of himself, no?

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  2. I hired Blue tax THREE years ago and still NOTHING done by them, except steal my Money and close my case,(see below) I asked them to put me on paperwork and they promised by a certain date,and failed. I filed a complaint with the BBB and they sent me false paperwork that they really hadnt sent to the IRS, . Spoke with the IRS agent today, and performed Blue taxes Obligation myself.. Although Blue Tax claims that they put me on the paperwork as requested on 7/30/12 the IRS advised that they did NOT submit this paperwork, period., and I completed this task via telephone with them personally (another job Blue Tax was required to perform on my account). Blue Tax, again, has lied about taking care of the job to which they said that they will do, in order to “TRICK” me to remove my complaint with the BBB In the meantime my phone is being blown up by TL, VP of Blue Tax, demanding and threatening me to remove my complaint against the company with the BBB. I knew he lied about filing with the IRS so I asked him this:As promised from you, I want the IRS agents name and ID number to which confirmed that I am PLACED on a Hardship.You promised via telephone to produce this information . As you said it would be included with the Hardship document sent to me via email, but again, it was not. We will talk after I obtain this information, to which you promised.
    The following is his response, (this kind of mentality is what you constantly deal with regarding this egregious company:)TL VP of Blue tax responded by saying: That there was no such promise. He expressed that my fabrication of events and deceit continue to cloud my judgement of events and time lines.He expressed that I lied to us about being married and about the piece of property He expressed Blue Tax will no longer be held hostage to lies, bi polar personality, and verbal assaults laced with blasphemy and profanity. He said I may want to seek a small animal or child to whom may be defenseless against your attacks to pick on, but Blue Tax will no longer take your abuse. Then he closed my case and stated No refund will be issued.
    He closed by stating to me that he knows that I mentioned that you don’t believe in god,( false) but as a god fearing company, we pray for your soul. It may be time to seek him and turn your life around
    To TL VP of Blue TaxI have asked your company not to have you contact me due to your unprofessionalism. You have not called me four times. You have attempted to bombard my phone with your calls, which are only continual rantings, along with personal jabs, to which I find harassing. Currently, you do not have the opportunity to conduct yourself in this manner on my voicemail.as I have had it turned off, to alleviate myself from your harassment. … but now , after speaking with the IRS, I see there is attempted deception put into play concerning my account, in addition all of the above concerning your psyche.
    My husband has nothing to do with this, and I see you searched out his cell phone number and contacted him and also attempted to contact him on two occasions. I did not sign a statement with your company stating that you could contact or involve him in my tax matter. We were not married at the (LONG) time ago that I employed your company, although you insist that I was.
    You , personally, are not to contact me or any person in relation to me via telephone. … I contacted the IRS, the paperwork that you sent me is a complete lie.. I personally took care of the job with The IRS to which you said was put IN PLACE on the 30th of July, by your company, which in reality… was not. I want a full refund from your company for noncompliance to the services to which you advertise, which to date have remained services not rendered. My complaint to the BBB justly stands, after notification from the IRS that you have not fulfilled ANY of your duties, although you claimed differently, which I see is an outright lie to me, the client
    Blue Tax is a fraudulent, irresponsible company which will lie to you for years and years. They never perform the duties to which they describe what they will do in regards to tax relief, and in the end if you are suckered into their bogus “A” rating by the BBB, you will eventually be in litigation for noncompliance to their advertised bull, seeking punitive damages and so on and so forth.File a complaint with the FTC, and sue them. Businesses like this need to be barred from this country. If you are a VICTIM of Blue Tax it is time that you file an extensive report of your dealings with them to the Los Angeles BBB and make sure their rating goes to what it should be “C’ for Criminals or “F ” for Fraudulent Failures. Do your part….. and save people from this pathetic outfit and save them from dealing with the VP. Any questions on how he… TL the VP of Blue Tax deals with his clients please review the above once again,….coveting and expressing outward and intended hostility to his clients. .

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  3. I contacted Blue Tax on Aug 6, 2012. A fellow named Kevin Borenstein contact me back Aug 7. I started to explain I just needed the previous years (2011) taxes prepared (4 months late), but he interrupted me and starting to ask questions about previous years owed and how much. This wasn’t my interest so I, in my typically busy, no time to fool around ways, told him that all I wanted was 2011 taxes prepared. Suddenly he wasn’t interested. I do not think this is the type of organization I would want handling anything as sensitive as my taxes.

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  4. as a former employee… i want to expose them for what they are.
    1. When you call or receive that “too good to be true” call, you will be transferred by a young male with no college education, to an even bigger moron with probably less of brain than the kid you were just on the phone with. They will tell you they are a “SENIOR TAX ADVISOR” and if you question that they will tell you they are some sort of “LICENSED TAX ATTORNEY” (which is a COMPLETE and utter LIE)…. they are just a no good salesman behind a desk trying to steal your money.
    2. They LIE AND LIE AND LIE. they will tell you whatever you want to hear, just so they can dig deep into your pockets.

    **** 3. AND THE REAL ADDRESS IS 3440 wilshire blvd. los angeles, california its on the 10th floor, you make a left out of the elevator and it is straight ahead if anyone would like to deliver a hand written complaint in person 🙂 

    God punishes those who have wronged their neighbors.

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