Instant Tax Sevice (RAL) Is A Scam

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Chitown

Elmhurst, IL

#1 Jan 19, 2011
The tax service known as Instant Tax Service are advertising Rapid Anticipation Loans(RAL) This is totally not true.They will say you will get a check in as little as 2-3 days, but ultimately you will be denied by the bank for the (RAL) and told that you will receive a check in 8-15 days eventhough the IRS has approved your loan This is a scam to collect bank fees and new customers, due to the fact that the RAL'S are becoming a thing of the past and are not being offered like before. H&R Block at least had the dignity to let their customers know this year of the change, by mail.Which ultimately led to a bunch of vulture tax prepares preying on the vulnerable for quick money. Their is a instant tax service in Bellwood on 25th Avenue, who is alo part of this scheme, along with several other branches across the country. Be Advised that is very factual, and can be verified on many consumer fraud websites. So feel free to google it.
Curious T

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Jan 22, 2011
Apparently it is all the Instant Tax Services across the whole United States. I am here in Las Vegas NV and used ITS for 3 years, the 1st year was great, everything as promised, the fees were worth it back then, last year they lied but their fees did not attach if you didn't receive so called RAL, but this year it is way beyond screwed up. Just for your info, I used 2 different offices but unfortunately all 16 franchises in Vegas is owned by the same owner, so imagine the big fat income she is making from all of us suckers here in LV. Thanks for the EXPENSIVE LESSON INSTANT TAX SERVICES, you can scratch me and a whole lot of people from your client list because I seriously doubt none of us will return to see you people next year.
charie

Oak Park, IL

#4 Jan 28, 2011
I agree with you elmhurst we got scammed!$450.00 was the charge for doing basic taxes I should have did them myself! That is really a shame! Please don't go here!
Chitown wrote:
The tax service known as Instant Tax Service are advertising Rapid Anticipation Loans(RAL) This is totally not true.They will say you will get a check in as little as 2-3 days, but ultimately you will be denied by the bank for the (RAL) and told that you will receive a check in 8-15 days eventhough the IRS has approved your loan This is a scam to collect bank fees and new customers, due to the fact that the RAL'S are becoming a thing of the past and are not being offered like before. H&R Block at least had the dignity to let their customers know this year of the change, by mail.Which ultimately led to a bunch of vulture tax prepares preying on the vulnerable for quick money. Their is a instant tax service in Bellwood on 25th Avenue, who is alo part of this scheme, along with several other branches across the country. Be Advised that is very factual, and can be verified on many consumer fraud websites. So feel free to google it.
freeindeed

United States

#5 Jan 28, 2011
Yeah, the a-holes got me last year. Taxes were late and they took extra from my taxes. It's a total rip off. People, do yourself a favor and use the free turbo tax online. I got mine in 5 days.
big dog24

Henderson, NV

#6 Jan 27, 2012
Curious T wrote:
Apparently it is all the Instant Tax Services across the whole United States. I am here in Las Vegas NV and used ITS for 3 years, the 1st year was great, everything as promised, the fees were worth it back then, last year they lied but their fees did not attach if you didn't receive so called RAL, but this year it is way beyond screwed up. Just for your info, I used 2 different offices but unfortunately all 16 franchises in Vegas is owned by the same owner, so imagine the big fat income she is making from all of us suckers here in LV. Thanks for the EXPENSIVE LESSON INSTANT TAX SERVICES, you can scratch me and a whole lot of people from your client list because I seriously doubt none of us will return to see you people next year.
with all due respect. stop relying on this money like a paycheck. The mentality of the customer creates the market. Can't wait to get that refund check. Do you know the real name of Earned Income Credit that you get without putting anything in for it, it is actually named the poor peoples tax credit. Its basically an extention of a welfare check. Most people who file for rapid refunds have no stake in the maoney they recieve, it's pretty ironic to complain about fees you truly don't pay for. You could own your own franchise and get paid doing rapid refunds, all it takes is focus, dedication and a little ambition to actually pay taxes and not accept the welfare check, food stamps etc. Get out of cycle of perpetual nothingness of a life. Pay your fees upfront, save at least one fourth of that 5000 to 8000 dollar refund. Stop complaining about the RAL you didn't qualify for. What do you the rest of the year. Plan out your life for the next 2 years and get off of that dependency of tax refunds. The IRS is planning on getting rid of most of those poor people tax credits, just wait and see. What will you do then???????
Lacriesa Banks 48237

Fort Dodge, IA

#7 Jan 31, 2012
I agree they are a ripoff and would like a call to help these people be put behind bars ...
Curious T wrote:
Apparently it is all the Instant Tax Services across the whole United States. I am here in Las Vegas NV and used ITS for 3 years, the 1st year was great, everything as promised, the fees were worth it back then, last year they lied but their fees did not attach if you didn't receive so called RAL, but this year it is way beyond screwed up. Just for your info, I used 2 different offices but unfortunately all 16 franchises in Vegas is owned by the same owner, so imagine the big fat income she is making from all of us suckers here in LV. Thanks for the EXPENSIVE LESSON INSTANT TAX SERVICES, you can scratch me and a whole lot of people from your client list because I seriously doubt none of us will return to see you people next year.
Lacriesa Banks 48237

Fort Dodge, IA

#8 Jan 31, 2012
I totally agree!! This is not legal and we will get Justice !!!
Barry Lynch

Newark, NJ

#9 Feb 1, 2012
I had my taxes e-filed both federal&state on 1/17/12 at the Instant Tax location 1809 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, MD done by the mgr Cierra Conway I requested both of my returns to be directly deposited to my bank account as I had last yr 2010 tax yr done by the same location as well as the 2009. My returns both have been acknowledged by the IRS&the state of MD my returns were routed to tax tree against my sign request I have not rec'd any of my refunds the store&tax tree give me the run around I feel scamed both the IRS&the state of MD informed tax tree has my funds
Phil_y

United States

#10 Feb 2, 2012
Yes, this true I got my refund check back it was only $455.00....they took $545.00 out of my refund. I was very upset and discusted. This was in Dallas, Tx.... I have never had this issue with no one else. They did not set down n dicuss my income taxes or got any paperwork back. Im having someone else to take a second look. I found out they did not wrote the exact amount of salary I made in the year. They cheated and wrote another number. Its s scam.......I would call the Better Business Buearu....Police....Attorney Genreal office as well IRS....
Dumb As

Naperville, IL

#11 Feb 6, 2012
So just because you didn't get a loan that means you don't pay for your tax preparation fees?
ying yang

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Nov 16, 2012
Just roll em up an smoke em
Kimmy31ATL

Atlanta, GA

#14 Nov 23, 2012
Lacriesa Banks 48237 wrote:
I agree they are a ripoff and would like a call to help these people be put behind bars ...<quoted text>
Its sad that companies like this vow to scam people out of their money. Regardless of the fact of how or why people are receiving this money. This doesn't give this company the right to steal from unsuspecting victims. I receive income taxes, and I pay taxes as well. Part of my income is used to aide many government programs. I'm thankful to receive what I can....SO THE LAW WAS PASSED IN ORDER TO HELP LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS.....IT DOESN'T MATTER. THIS IS THE SAME COUNTRY THAT HOUSES ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, AND SPENDS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON WAR, BUT YET WE COMPLAIN ABOUT WHAT THE COUNTRY DOES FOR LOWER CLASS.....COMPANIES LIKE INSTANT TAX WHO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE NEED TO BE SHUT DOWN.
Special

United States

#15 Jan 25, 2013
Yes here it 2013 an Instant Tax is s rippin people off ....think about it dont file your taxes there!!!
forreal

Raleigh, NC

#16 Feb 2, 2013
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you must be upset that u didnt get any EIC
why me

Covington, GA

#17 Feb 6, 2013
Well I went to instant tax for the first time this year an I feel so stupid. If I would have read these post before hand, I would not have went. I was approved for the same day loan and the 24-48 hour loan. An I'm scared to know how much I was charged. As of today the IRS has sent my refund to them an I still hath to wait 1 to 2 days more just to get my check. I wish I had known sooner. This is my first an last year going to Instant Tax. No thank you. You can keep your RAL Come next year. I will do them myself.
Cherries

Baltimore, MD

#18 Feb 7, 2013
I went there dis year I as wait and wait I should been received ma dam check I filled on tha 26 and wen I call they nasty I've been charged 593 .00 wayyyy more then any other tax place
Hermberm38

Baltimore, MD

#19 Feb 8, 2013
Instant tax service is a huge scam.. Everything they tell you in the beginning of filing your taxes, are all verbal so you never know what it is your being charged for... Even if u ask for such paper work u get the run around. They'll tell u something like that info can't be provided because they don't know yet.. Which is crazy as heck!! It's just amazing how the company is still allowed to stay I'm business in this great country of ours! They have been doing so for the last few years
CrabCakes

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Mar 22, 2013
Everyone who has ever worked in the Instant Tax Service Corporate Office should be in jail. Don't do business with them, they are all CHEATS!
jasmine

United States

#23 Feb 10, 2014
So my refund was supposed to be 3408 I go pick up my check and its 2824 total scam I'm so pissed
DEVASTATED

Trenton, NJ

#25 Aug 25, 2014
I am totally devastated !!! I just googled "INSTANT TAX" and discovered that they were shut down by the FEDS November 2013. Not knowing, I filed my taxes with them Feb 2014. After numerous of problems, I was under investigation and then audited by the I.R.S. My refund is scheduled to post into my account in 2 days. When I verified my bank info, I was given a total different account & routing number that is not mine. I googled the routing # only to find its to some bank in Utah ??? I was advised that I can't stop this direct deposit. Can anyone advise me on what to do? I don't understand how this company has robbed people blind with the deceptive practices and their bogus fees. Please inform me if their is a class action lawsuit!

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