Credit reporting agencies are planning to remove some tax liens and civil debts from your credit report. By doing so, you may see an increase in your credit score if your credit score is currently being penalized by a tax lien or civil debt...
Police Arrest People In India Involved in IRS Scam
Police caught more than 700 people in Mumbai, India call centers posing as United States Tax Officials who scammed Americans into paying money for fake tax related debts. At least 70 people have been arrested so far. These calls violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. helps people enforce.
Authorities estimate the call centers made an average of $150,000 a day, or over $50 million a year. The scammers demanded payments over the phone through money transfer wiring services and gift cards. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started the Robocall Strike Force in August to battle unwanted, illegal robocalls such as the IRS scam and to find the source. Consumers who get these calls can receive up to $1500 per call under the TCPA, which Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. has extensive experience litigating.
The scam utilized a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to make the Indian telephone numbers imitate US numbers. Scammers also received training to learn how to speak in an American accent. First the scammers would introduce themselves and detailing a purpose for the call. Then the scammers harassed victims to make immediate payments and threatened local police forces will get involved when victims refused.
Call centers in India have an unfortunate history of scamming Americans. Scammers have attempted to sell consumers fake virus and malware software and a variety of other computer tech support. Authorities in India also noticed a rise in India based call center scams targeting residents in their own country.
Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. are lawyers who can help stop unwanted robocalls, junk faxes and debt collection harassment. Contact us at (614)944-5219 today for assistance.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) protects active duty military personnel and their immediate families from financial hardships and a variety of legal issues. The SCRA protects people involved in the United States armed forces, the national guards, public health services, and other administrative positions. Active duty personnel must request protection services from an armed forces legal assistance office.
Active duty personnel may request reduced interest rates on a mortgage, credit card, automobile loans, or other loans through the SCRA. Interest rates are reduced to at least six percent and are allowed to be applied to monetary obligations obtained before active duty. Credit reporting agencies and lenders cannot use approved SCRA reduced rates in a harmful way to lower a consumer credit score.
People receiving protection through the SCRA are not allowed to be evicted from a rental property without a court order. The average rental property that is protected under these rights are around 3,000 dollars a month and change a little every year. The SCRA also protects the right to judicial relief to postpone a civil court issue at least 90 days with court approval. Active duty personnel may also request a civil court case to be reopened if failing to appear in court due to temporary relocation. Criminal court proceedings are not protected under judicial relief.
People selected for active duty positions requiring deployment more than 90 days have the right to request termination of a property lease without penalties. Residential and business properties are protected and filing for termination can take place before leaving or during active duty if extended. Termination of a car lease is possible if active duty position requires deployment for 180 days.
If an active duty position effects a person’s ability to pay mortgage rates on a housing contract, the SCRA can provide legal assistance to keep a property from foreclosing. Mortgage companies must receive a court order to file foreclosure on the home of military personnel involved in active duty. Automobile companies must also receive a court order to repossess a vehicle for missed payments.
Military personnel required to move from their home state is provided state tax relief under the SCRA. A person may request to continue paying the taxes of their home state on military income and personal property. Military personnel are also allowed to reinstate cancelled insurances without penalties after ending an active duty term. Insurances may include health insurance, life insurance, home insurance and other plans.
Doucet & Associates Co. L.P.A. in Ohio helps people enforce rights based on the SCRA. Please contact us today if you or someone you know needs help.
Longaberger Basket Building On Edge Of Foreclosure
The iconic Longaberger basket building is reportedly behind on property taxes and facing foreclosure. If the company does not pay back about 600,000 dollars in property taxes during the upcoming weeks, officials have indicated that the old headquarters in Newark, Ohio will be referred to tax foreclosure.
The Longaberger company specializes in handcrafted baskets and was founded by Dave Longaberger in 1973. Since opening, the company has also distributed a wide variety of home items and lifestyle amenities. The Longaberger basket building was built in 1997 and is still a worldly recognized building due to its architecture and shape. Around the beginning of 2015, the company decide to relocate and combine all employees at another corporate location.
The basket building has been on the sales market for at least a year and a half now since all the employees were relocated. The building is over 175,000 square feet and has dropped its price over two million dollars since starting the sale with a 7.5 million dollar price tag. The inside is a luxurious and modern office space that does not resemble a basket, but buyers still seemed turned away to make a purchase.
The company’s tax issues began in late 2014. If taxes are not paid soon, the county can foreclose on the property and submit it to a foreclosure auction. The property might even become a sheriff sale. The basket building could end up selling at auction for a fraction of what a normal sale would bring.