Tax Defense Network was founded in 2007, by brothers Franklin and Joseph Vailnho. Neither of whom is an Enrolled Agent, CPA, or Attorney. The company was established after both brothers and their prior business, Emergency Debt Relief, were sued by Attorney General Charlie Crist on behalf of the State of Florida pursuant to the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Chapter 501, Florida Statutes.
Dwayne Harmon, while Vice President of Marketing at Tax Defense Network, was charged with 1.7 million dollars in Internet fraud. Harmon was accused of selling the personal information of hundreds of Tax Defense Networks’ clients, putting their identities at risk of being abused.
Additionally, Tax Defense Network has set up a website called www.consumertaxreports.org. This website claims to deliver “Real Reviews”, “Honest Ratings”, and “Reliable Results”. The website dishonestly poses as an outside, third party who has “done background checks” on each tax company and “rated their performance from A-F”. The truth is that Tax Defense Network owns consumertaxreports.org. and lists itself as the “Number 1” tax company on the website. Meanwhile, Tax Defense Network is hard at work posting pretend, made up “ratings” on other companies.
Any company with a trustworthy reputation need not rely on deceptive websites to falsely promote themselves.
JG Tax Group filed a lawsuit against the Valinho brothers, Tax Defense Network and its other website, consumertaxreports.org. After the lawsuit was filed, they immediately withdrew JG Tax Group from their website. We dismissed our lawsuit because Tax Defense Network removed our name and approximately 40 other names from the website. Several weeks later, Tax Defense Network was back up to their old tricks as they’d reposted JG Tax Group on their website in a less provocative way. We still believed it was libel so we notified Tax Defense Network that we were filing a second lawsuit. Again, they immediately withdrew JG Tax Groups’ name from their website.
As a taxpayer, it is vitally important that you do you research before hiring a firm to defend your rights. Do not leave your IRS tax problems in the hands of possibly deceptive or untrustworthy individuals. To see copies of the lawsuits mentioned in this article, Dwayne Harmons’ lengthy criminal history and current incarceration, or the Attorney General settlement with the Valinho brothers, click here.