TaxMasters 'free consultation' may cost thousands, Texas officials say

TaxMasters 'free consultation' may cost thousands
TaxMasters 'free consultation' may cost thousands

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has charged Houston's TaxMasters Inc. with allegedly misleading customers and not revealing its no-refund policy, among other issues.

"In the midst of a national economic downturn, TaxMasters used a nationwide marketing campaign to offer services for distressed taxpayers who needed help dealing with the IRS," Abbott said in a statement.

With a national advertising campaign on the Internet -- including sponsoring segments of Dennis Miller and Charles Osgood shows -- and television ads on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, TaxMasters promises to "get between" you and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in a tax dispute. The Texas AG's office says the company sells a "free consultation" with a tax consultant, but callers are routed to salespeople who recommend a solution that could cost $1,500 to $9,000 or more.