The three Taxamize workers briefly operated out of a Brainerd Road building in February. But the city learned the crew was also living out of that office from February 4-13. When the landlord learned the tenants were sleeping in the office, they had the police help escort them off the property on Friday, Feb. 13.
Channel 3 called the number advertised on the Taxamize signs and spoke with a woman who would not identify herself.
She also wouldn't give their newest location.
“We have several offices and several mobile tax preparers,” she said. “You can go to the website and look them up.”
Is Taxamize breaking city code? Yes. Is it breaking other laws? Not necessarily. The IRS will let anyone open up shop anywhere to file taxes as long as they're filing correctly.
But the Better Business Bureau said those signs should raise a red flag.
"A sign that's on the corner, on a tree or on a telephone pole that should raise a flag and you should be very cautious about doing your business with someone such as that,” said Jim Winsett, President of the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau. "The Better Business Bureau report on Taxamize out of Atlanta has an F rating, they have 9 complaints filed against them and they have not responded to any of those complaints."
The IRS reminds you that you're responsible for everything on the return, even when its prepared by someone else. They recommend you “choose a tax preparer that will be around to answer questions after the return has been filed.”