Judge: Collection firm's fees illegal

A Montgomery County law firm illegally charged millions in attorney and administrative fees to taxpayers in Allentown and elsewhere in the state as it sought to collect back property taxes, a civil court judge ... Full Story
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taxpayer

Bethlehem, PA

#1 Mar 21, 2008
Now go after Berkheimer and Associates in Bangor. City of Bethlehem hires them to get the stupid 10.00 tax they charge from the time you are 18 till you die. No one knows what it is for and if you call they say it is for living in Bethlehem.
Berkheimer charges the 10. plus about25.00 in their fees. One of the charges is 7.00 to mail it comes reg mail.
Joe from bethlehem

AOL

#2 Mar 21, 2008
WOW!!!!! I want to know what is going to happen to this law firm are they going to get their licensed lifted for cheating the taxpayers probably not , wake up America WE REALLY NEED TO CLAMP DOWN ON THIS CRAP
nonyor

Scranton, PA

#3 Mar 21, 2008
parkland school district uses them also, that name just came up at a school board meeting......
nonyor

Scranton, PA

#4 Mar 21, 2008
didnt berkheimer already get caught for this?
JOE FROM BETHLEHEM

AOL

#5 Mar 21, 2008
I FORGOT TO ADD ABOUT BERKHEIMER THAT THESE WEASEL TAX COLLECTORS SAID I OWED THEM 145.00 AND THAT WE DIDNT PAY I WENT TO THE BANK AND GOT THE CANCELED CHECK AND SHOVED IT DOWN THEIR THROATS AND MY ACCOUNTANT WANTED TO KNOW IF THEY WERE GOING TO REIMBURSE ME FOR MY TIME AND FEES BECAUSE OF THEIR MISTAKE WHAT A LAUGH WE NEED ANOTHER BOSTON TEA PARTY RIGHT HERE IN GOOD OLE COMMONWEALTH OF PA HEY!!!!!! WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT NAME BECAUSE THE WEALTH AINT SO COMMON TO US TAXPAYERS BUT TO THE CITY AND STATE.BERKHEIMER AND ASSO. ARE GETTING TO BIG FOR BRITCHES(YOU CAN TELL HOW OLD I AM BY THAT LAST STATEMENT)I AM A GOOD AMERICAN AND A VERY GOOD CITIZEN OF BETHLEHEM LOVE EM BOTH BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP WASTING MY MONEY$$$$$$$$$$
Oh Well

Allentown, PA

#6 Mar 21, 2008
$25.00 in fees to collect a $10.00 tax bill......Local governments throughout the country have gone amok. I wonder how long this assault on the middle class is going to continue.

We need some type of revolution in this country.
Zman

Mount Aetna, PA

#7 Mar 21, 2008
Revolution or you can move. Canada is looking for a few good men. Jump in a cool car like an Iroc Z and man you'll be living large in Saskatewan eh.
snowman chapman PA

Allentown, PA

#8 Mar 21, 2008
Unless you are in the deep woods, Canada is not the nice, especially to U.S. citizens. A revolution would be nice, I will get my musket and if they take my "GUNS" away, I will make my own Zip gun.
JOE FROM BETHLEHEM

AOL

#9 Mar 21, 2008
snowman chapman PA wrote:
Unless you are in the deep woods, Canada is not the nice, especially to U.S. citizens. A revolution would be nice, I will get my musket and if they take my "GUNS" away, I will make my own Zip gun.
WAY TO GO SNOWMAN LIKE YOUR COMMENT, I CAN SEE A GREAT DEAL OF PEOPLE THAT ARE COMMENTING REALLY ARE ON THE BALL AND GIVING GOOD COMMENTS WE SHOULD ALL GET TOGETHER AND FORM A UNION,AND SOLVE SOME OF THESE THINGS.OF COURSE THEY WOULD FIND A LAW TO ARREST US IF WE TRIED
right

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Mar 21, 2008
taxpayer wrote:
Now go after Berkheimer and Associates in Bangor. City of Bethlehem hires them to get the stupid 10.00 tax they charge from the time you are 18 till you die. No one knows what it is for and if you call they say it is for living in Bethlehem.
Berkheimer charges the 10. plus about25.00 in their fees. One of the charges is 7.00 to mail it comes reg mail.
When I was double charged one year and needed to get my refund of my $52 fee from Berkheimer, they kept part of it. Even the IRS doesn't charge me to send a refund when I have been overcharged!

“I am Thor.”

Since: Oct 07

Belfast (Nazareth), PA

#11 Mar 21, 2008
JOE FROM BETHLEHEM wrote:
<quoted text>WAY TO GO SNOWMAN LIKE YOUR COMMENT, I CAN SEE A GREAT DEAL OF PEOPLE THAT ARE COMMENTING REALLY ARE ON THE BALL AND GIVING GOOD COMMENTS WE SHOULD ALL GET TOGETHER AND FORM A UNION,AND SOLVE SOME OF THESE THINGS.OF COURSE THEY WOULD FIND A LAW TO ARREST US IF WE TRIED
JOE FROM BETHLEHEM wrote:
I FORGOT TO ADD ABOUT BERKHEIMER THAT THESE WEASEL TAX COLLECTORS SAID I OWED THEM 145.00 AND THAT WE DIDNT PAY I WENT TO THE BANK AND GOT THE CANCELED CHECK AND SHOVED IT DOWN THEIR THROATS AND MY ACCOUNTANT WANTED TO KNOW IF THEY WERE GOING TO REIMBURSE ME FOR MY TIME AND FEES BECAUSE OF THEIR MISTAKE WHAT A LAUGH WE NEED ANOTHER BOSTON TEA PARTY RIGHT HERE IN GOOD OLE COMMONWEALTH OF PA HEY!!!!!! WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT NAME BECAUSE THE WEALTH AINT SO COMMON TO US TAXPAYERS BUT TO THE CITY AND STATE.BERKHEIMER AND ASSO. ARE GETTING TO BIG FOR BRITCHES(YOU CAN TELL HOW OLD I AM BY THAT LAST STATEMENT)I AM A GOOD AMERICAN AND A VERY GOOD CITIZEN OF BETHLEHEM LOVE EM BOTH BUT PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP WASTING MY MONEY$$$$$$$$$$
Hey Joe from Bethlehem,
STOP IT WITH THE CAPS.
Please?
no answers berkheimer

Philadelphia, PA

#12 Mar 21, 2008
I have called, emailed, written berkheimer, but even though they list on their website that they have to give you the "taxspayers' bill of rights", they won't respond to my request. they just want to pass the buck to the school or city to answer my questions.

“Stop staring at me”

Since: Jun 07

Allentown, PA

#13 Mar 21, 2008
no answers berkheimer wrote:
I have called, emailed, written berkheimer, but even though they list on their website that they have to give you the "taxspayers' bill of rights", they won't respond to my request. they just want to pass the buck to the school or city to answer my questions.
Who is this Berkheimer company? What a scam they have going, they tried to bill me for some school tax(like $21 plus a 12.50 handling fee) which I had already paid. Had to jump thru hoops to clear that up. Haven't heard from Berkheimer since.
WhatAbout

Nazareth, PA

#14 Mar 21, 2008
berkheimer was busted for overcharging for their fees a few years ago...and I reminded them of it when they called for a payment of my per capita school tax. Every person living in a school's district has to pay a fee to the school district. Berkheimer is making a killing on the fees that they collect, and it isn't even owed to them, but the school district. I reminded them that they owed me for several years that they overcharged me according to the court and they shut up and diverted the conversation away from that. LOL
They can choke on it.
billy barule

Slatington, PA

#15 Mar 22, 2008
another example of lawyer crooks and local govt incompetence. these lawyers are smarter than the stupid rubes of local govt and just bend them over backwards. a shame that the taxpayers keep getting pillaged while the govt provides the lube. i agree that we need a revolution...

Since: Mar 08

AOL

#16 Mar 24, 2008
taxpayer wrote:
Now go after Berkheimer and Associates in Bangor. City of Bethlehem hires them to get the stupid 10.00 tax they charge from the time you are 18 till you die. No one knows what it is for and if you call they say it is for living in Bethlehem.
Berkheimer charges the 10. plus about25.00 in their fees. One of the charges is 7.00 to mail it comes reg mail.
If you paid the extra $25 to Berkheimer you are entitled to it back. I am an attorney specializing in local PA taxes. Also anyone else out there who has paid a "penalty" to the $10 Per Capita tax, who wants their money back, please contact me. No charge to any of you. If there are enough we would do a class action.

Since: Mar 08

AOL

#17 Mar 24, 2008
taxpayer wrote:
Now go after Berkheimer and Associates in Bangor. City of Bethlehem hires them to get the stupid 10.00 tax they charge from the time you are 18 till you die. No one knows what it is for and if you call they say it is for living in Bethlehem.
Berkheimer charges the 10. plus about25.00 in their fees. One of the charges is 7.00 to mail it comes reg mail.
If you paid the extra $25 to Berkheimer you are entitled to it back. I am an attorney specializing in local PA taxes. Also anyone else out there who has paid a "penalty" to the $10 Per Capita tax, who wants their money back, please contact me. No charge to any of you. If there are enough we would do a class action.

Since: Mar 08

AOL

#18 Mar 24, 2008
Now go after Berkheimer and Associates in Bangor. City of Bethlehem hires them to get the stupid 10.00 tax they charge from the time you are 18 till you die. No one knows what it is for and if you call they say it is for living in Bethlehem.
Berkheimer charges the 10. plus about25.00 in their fees. One of the charges is 7.00 to mail it comes reg mail.
If you paid the extra $25 to Berkheimer you are entitled to it back. I am an attorney specializing in local PA taxes. Also anyone else out there who has paid a "penalty" to the $10 Per Capita tax, who wants their money back, please contact me. No charge to any of you. If there are enough we would do a class action
west end

Allentown, PA

#19 Mar 24, 2008
jebocean wrote:
<quoted text>
If you paid the extra $25 to Berkheimer you are entitled to it back. I am an attorney specializing in local PA taxes. Also anyone else out there who has paid a "penalty" to the $10 Per Capita tax, who wants their money back, please contact me. No charge to any of you. If there are enough we would do a class action.
how do people get in touch with you
Allentonian

Santa Ana, CA

#20 Mar 24, 2008
Let's stick to the topic, people.

"No taxpayer left behind" has shaken even the coins out of the pockets of the impoverished.

In short, Portnoff $uck$. They make poor people's lives miserable daily with even more debt.

Glad to see there's at least some entity out there that has authority over them. Now, the next step is to eliminate them entirely so we can all heave a huge sigh of relief!

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