Friday February 12, 2016


There is one sure way to determine whether a particular organization is trustworthy. You must simply check them with the Better Business Bureau. This is an independent third party organization that grades companies. They do the research and they can keep you from making a terrible mistake, which may cost you several thousands of dollars. Companies which you are looking into are not going to give you this information outright. TV commercials and online ads are not going to give you the whole story on the quality of service of these companies. Popular companies like JK Harris and TaxMasters both have “F” ratings and have hundreds of complaints filed against them. These companies have closed down and have given the industry a bad name. It is your responsibility to choose wisely. You can also pursue BBB complaints to see which companies have garnered negative feedback. If all else fails, there is also another resourceful website The Rip-off Report, which is a independent report community by regular consumers. Any of these precautionary solutions’ is suitable for the average tax payer.

Here are our tips in choosing a trustworthy tax resolution company.

As mentioned earlier, researching a tax resolution company with the BBB is very essential. Check there rating, years of operation and number of complaints they have. All these can be found on the BBB website. (see DTR rating)

The firm’s performance in resolving tax disputes, of course, should be the next but not any less important from its BBB rating. How many clients have they successfully represented? What is the total dollar amount settled against the total dollar amount of back taxes, penalties, and fines assessed?

Find out if the staff has a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS) certification from the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS). ASTPS is an IRS approved national, non-profit organization of professionals who specialize in representing taxpayers before the IRS.

A established tax resolution company must have enough professional experience in the industry. If the company has been in business for less than 5 years, take your business elsewhere.

Be very careful of any tax resolution company who guarantees results. No reputable company will tell you that they can guarantee anything. They will need to scrutinize your situation before they can give you some idea of what the end result might be.

Ask who will be specifically assigned to your case so you know there is a trail of accountability.

Direct Tax Relief has earned an “A” rating with the BBB with ZERO complaints for more than 7 years now with an average settlement record of 12 cents do a dollar.

It is very important that the people representing you before the Internal Revenue Service be professional, ethical and have good character.

testimonial4After IRS audited my business, I owed over $36k in back taxes, penalties & interest. DTR submitted an Offer in Compromise & settled my account for only $1,970!
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Meet Our Management Staff
John Holland
Tax Attorney

John is committed to helping clients resolve their IRS and State tax problems. He specializes in releasing and stopping wage and bank garnishments. He has taken advantage of new programs that prevent an IRS tax lien...   
Jay Soni
Enrolled Agent
Erin Prado

Jay is a licensed Enrolled Agent. He has worked for a number of tax resolution companies. He is committed to achieving the best possible results for his client.


Sean Goodman
Tax Resolution Specialist
Erin Prado

Sean Goodman has been solving IRS tax problems for over 10 years and has worked alongside Tax Attorneys, CPAs and Enrolled Agents. He is highly skilled at resolving complex cases and has achieved outstanding results for his clients.

Matthew Thompson
Tax Preparation Manager

Matthew is a certified tax preparer with a background in business accounting, payroll, and tax. He has knowledge of current tax laws, which helps him prepare our clients tax returns efficiently and accurately. He is a graduate of UCLA where he studied accounting and tax.

Michael Green
Tax Attorney

Michael is a seasoned professional in the tax industry. As an aggressive advocate, he offers creative and tailored strategies to meet the specific needs of his clients. Michael is experienced in a variety of complex collection matters   
Harry Galstian
Sr. Tax Settlement Advisor

Harry develops a strategy for clients to resolve their tax problems. His experience and knowledge of IRS tax relief programs have delivered effective solutions. He has a Bachelors in Finance, completed Masters of Taxation courses and a registered tax preparer.

Gaby Banales
Case Manager

Gaby is highly skilled at managing her cases and obtaining favorable results for her clients.  Besides working closely with our Tax Attorneys, she has extensive experience dealing with the IRS as well as State tax agencies. 

Myeshia (Mya) Henagan
Tax Preparer

Myeshia is a certified tax preparer specializing in individual and business taxation. She has extensive knowledge of current tax laws and experience identifying the root of tax issues, proper planning and providing accurate options available based on factual findings.

Joseph Cole
Tax Attorney
Erin Prado

Joseph is a Tax Attorney who has helped hundreds of clients resolve their tax issues. He holds an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law and has experience advising clients on an array of legal issues including    Read more...
Celeste Duran
Tax Resolution Specialist
Celeste Duran

Celeste has been solving IRS tax problems for over 10 years and has worked alongside Tax Attorneys, CPAs and Enrolled Agents. She is highly skilled at resolving complex cases and has achieved outstanding results for her clients.

Erin Prado
Case Manager
Erin Prado

Erin is highly skilled at managing her cases and obtaining favorable results for her clients. Besides working closely with our Tax Attorneys, she has extensive experience dealing with the IRS as well as State tax agencies.

Lucy Stambolyan
HR Manager
Lucy Stambolyan

Lucy is skilled in improving morale and creating a workplace environment that is of benefit to both employees and employers. She plans human resources programs and policies that achieve strategic objectives, including employee retention, relations and safety.

Ilya Danilkevich
Tax Attorney

Ilya is an experienced tax resolution attorney providing legal assistance to individuals with post-filing controversies with the IRS and State agencies. Ilya has a wealth of experience in various matters including collection issues, audit representation    Read more...
Kristine Mardirossian
Tax Resolution Specialist
Kristine Mardirossian

Kristine is a experienced tax resolution advisor who has helped hundreds of taxpayers. She's very competent with the IRS tax relief programs and is skillful in providing the best solution if you owe the IRS. She has a Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge in Finance and Real Estate.

Prentice Durham
Case Manager

Prentice is a trained and award winning resolution specialist. She is highly skilled and knowledgeable in a variety of tax matters. Prentice has worked to resolve tax controversy issues with the IRS and state taxing authorities for over four years.

Pet Natividad
Marketing Director
Pet Natividad

Pet has many roles. He develops quality branding strategy for DTR and leads the marketing department in implementing digital marketing and PR campaigns. Pet undertake continuous analysis of competitive environment and tax trends. He also optimizes natural search engine result and PPC for DTR.

Management Staff

Direct Tax Relief office is supported by an experienced and professional management team. Our professionals are passionate and dedicated to assisting taxpayers resolve their tax problems successfully.

Celeste Duran             Kris Madirossian      Lucy Stambolyan

Gaby Banales            Pet Natividad            Tin Salazar

About Us

Since 2008 our company has helped thousands of taxpayers with their IRS and State tax problems. We value our biggest asset, our clients, and strive to provide honest and ethical service.

No matter how bad your situation is, we can help!

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3 Steps To Peace of Mind

Call us at (877) 505-4829 for a free no obligation consultation. Based on your situation and circumstances we will create a strategy to resolve your IRS and/or State tax problems.

Once we are retained for services we will immediately stop any pending wage and/or bank garnishments. Your assets, wages and bank accounts will be protected from any future seizures while we are providing representation.

Our Tax Attorneys and professionals will negotiate a resolution with the IRS and State tax agencies.
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