JG Tax Group Review, aka JG Associates
JG Associates, formerly calling itself JG Tax Group, is a tax relief and tax services company based in Deerfield Beach, FL. They still use the domain jgtaxgroup.com but refer to the company as Associates. Its co-founder is Jeffrey Galante, an Enrolled Agent, who worked previously at the IRS.
Enrolled agents, like attorneys and certified public accountants (CPAs), have unlimited practice rights. This means they are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they can represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can represent clients before.
We take issue with some of their messaging and website content. They claim on their Offer in Compromise calculator that they have “inside knowledge of IRS guidelines algorithms.” First, there is no secret to the Offer in Compromise because it’s a formula that the IRS makes public. Second, if they were acting on inside knowledge about the secret operations of a government entity, this would probably be illegal in a bunch of ways. Taxes are figured by formulas and math, not secret handshakes and decoder rings.
Also, the main theme in their advertising is “don’t get ripped off.” While there are tax relief services to avoid, this tone is quite cynical.
They do list a few key people on the website, but not a compete enough listing for the amount of work they claim to do. Their claim that they have a 99% satisfaction rate is suspect. According to what measurement – your own or a third party audit? There is not a single product or service in the entire world that has a 99% satisfaction rate. Period.
They really sell the IRS Tax Attorney angle in addition to “everyone’s a thief.” They even claim that they can go to tax court for you. We are unsure about this because in order to represent some in tax court, you must be an attorney and be practicing law, or be one of just a handful of Enrolled Agents qualified for such representation. An attorney working at a Tax Relief company is not practicing law for that tax relief company. An attorney can practice law only for a law firm, which must be owned by one or more attorney. At a tax relief firm there is not an attorney-client relationship. Neither of the listed co-founders of JG Tax Relief are attorneys, at lease according to their bios, and JG is not a law firm so they cannot legally represent someone as legal representation in tax court. Therefore, for them to represent in true tax court they must have a qualified Enrolled Agent on staff.
JG Tax Group is NOT a BBB accredited company. We find this particularly troubling because on JG’s own website they list and compare ten different tax firms that have more complaints than JG has. That comparison is likely not as genuine as it should be because JG is not even a BBB member. And even though JG Tax Group is not a BBB member, they are getting BBB complaints.
JG has been in business since 2008.
While we don’t have any reason to think they don’t do good work, we dislike their style. They trash other companies over BBB reports when they themselves are not even a BBB member. We also wonder about their heavy use of the tax attorney and tax law angle. They even have the work LAW as part of their phone number. At the end of the day, however, if you deliver quality service to your clients it makes up for poor taste in advertising.
- No Guarantee Listed
- Dubious over-use of Tax Law Services by a non-law firm
- Cynical tone about tax relief companies in general
- Not BBB accredited though they list BBB as an important consideration on their website
- Established 2008
- No BBB
JG Tax Group’s marketing message claims they can save you a lot of money. This may be true for a few people and business but this is false hope for most individuals or businesses seeking tax relief services. While the IRS will occasionally forgive large portions of liability, it is quite rare these days.
JG Associates offers some transparency about a few members of their staff but they do not provide enough information to understand exactly who will be working on your case. We’re disappointed to find their business, which has existed since 2008, is still not accredited with the BBB even though they list other tax relief company BBB ratings and complaints on there very own website.
JG Associates appears to do above average work. We say this because if they were doing bad work, you would find evidence of it on the Internet. As the saying goes, if you make 10 customers happy, they will tell one person. If you make one person unhappy, they will tell ten people. While we dislike their “don’t get ripped off” message, they may be a good fit for your tax needs.
- Established 2008
- No BBB
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