FTC Seeks $100M, Says American Tax Relief Ads Deceptive

Law360, Los Angeles (August 6, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Monday urged a California federal judge to order American Tax Relief LLC to pay nearly $100 million in restitution for falsely promising its customers that it could reduce their tax debts if they paid exorbitant upfront fees.

American Tax Relief made bogus claims in television and radio advertisements that it had helped thousands of clients settle delinquent federal and state taxes for "pennies on the dollar," FTC attorney Karen Dodge said. The FTC seeks a permanent injunction barring the allegedly deceptive...
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