Dec 13, 2010

Happy Holidays

In the spirit of giving back, the Management Team at Clear Creek Tax elected to celebrate the spirit of the holidays this year by giving to those in our community who are looking for assistance. During this season of reflection, we came to realize we are blessed in so many ways, and we are hopeful that we can make the holiday season a bit brighter for some families in our local community. With this in mind, management spearheaded a drive to collect money from our staff and with the assistance of a local social welfare program, we bought gifts for assigned families living in the greater Denver area. With so many of our clients experiencing difficult and stressful times, our empathy runs deep and being reminded every day of how fortunate we are, it was an easy decision to pool our collective efforts and do our part to help financially strapped families. Knowing that we are responsible for providing presents for some children in our community puts a smile on my face and the energy shared by our management team is noticeable. As the holiday season continues to unfold, from all of us at Clear Creek Tax, we wish you health and happiness this holiday season and continued blessings into the New Year.

Happy Holidays,

Clear Creek Tax

Jun 30, 2010

Client Compliment Letter

Greenville, SC 29606

May 18, 2010

Mr. J.H.
Senior Associate
Clear Creek Tax
285 Century Place, Suite 200
Louisville, CO 80027

Dear John:

On April 4, 2010 you and your staff made me a very happy man! The thought that my company could go from nearly $190,000 in IRS tax liability to absolutely zero seems too good to be true – but you guys made it happen.

To say, 'Thank you' somehow just doesn't suffice! Not only did you bring the IRS threats to an immediate end, but you quickly went to work on our behalf pursuing a strategy that I didn't even know was possible.

In the process, you took me from being completely stressed out, to being absolutely elated. It was a long road, but it would have been impossible to bear without your constant guidance.

Thanks again guys!



Mar 4, 2010

An Anniversary Wish

I will say with confidence that if you are reading this blog, you are aware that a man deliberately flew his plane into an IRS office in Austin, Texas on February 18, 2010 after setting his house on fire. Apparently this individual had a long history of ''hatred' for the IRS and for the taxing authorities in California and finally reached his tipping point. In the process he took his life and forever changed the lives of those that were killed, wounded, and emotionally scarred by this seemingly impulsive action. This man was a father, a musician, and an entrepreneur among other 'titles' and not one person with whom he shared his life, knew of this pent up anger he possessed.

Although this act in my opinion is selfish, what I find most disturbing is how he managed to suppress his anger and frustration for so long. And, taking this one step further, I began to wonder how many other people might share in his anger and may contemplate a similar act of aggression. I am hopeful that if there are others out there who have had such thoughts, that they realize that although they feel that they may be all alone, that they are not. More importantly, there is help for them and isolation from the world will only make the matter worse. I know. I have been there.

We, at Clear Creek sympathize with our clients day in and day out and work tirelessly to not only resolve a tax issue, but to understand how we can improve the lives of those who are in such a situation. We do this by listening, setting manageable objectives, and approaching a tax matter in a manner that is conducive to improving the overall financial health of a household or business and in most cases, both.

Again, I know I have said it before, however, I will say it again. We do know how debilitating a tax liability is. We know it can drain one emotionally, and destroy one's health, ruin families, and steal one's energy that is necessary to carry on in some cases. However, by making a commitment to tackle your tax liability head-on and hire a company that offers sound advice, encouragement and hires tax professionals who truly desire to help their clients in their time of need, you too will overcome this seemingly helpless situation. We have handled thousands of cases and through this experience we know the pain that is often times associated with a financial hardship, but with this in mind, we know how to take on your issues, as though they were ours, and I guarantee you that we will help you through this trying time.

Even if you decide to not hire Clear Creek Tax, as a father, a husband, a son, and a business owner, I would ask that you not ignore this problem and certainly not do something foolish that will only cause more pain. Although taxes must be paid and must be addressed, life and your loved ones and those that live in your community are so much more precious than time spent isolating oneself in financial misery. I am grateful to say that many of my family members have endured amazingly difficult financial times in their lives, and in some cases, repeatedly, however, in all instances, they were able to regain financial health, find happiness again and are still a loving part of our family.

As Clear Creek Tax celebrates its 6th year in business this month, my 'birthday wish' is that our firm can help those that may feel forgotten, or those that have lost hope and stand by them through their trying time so that by the time we celebrate our 7th company anniversary, our firm is thanked a hundred times over by those who we have helped along the way. We will need your help, but help is only a phone call away. We hope to hear from you!

Feb 15, 2010

Our Reputation

The other day I was asked if I was proud of the business that we created over six years ago and with an emphatic, 'yes' I replied I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished, but added, "we are not done yet, as there are so many more individuals and businesses in need of our services."

This friend then challenged me by stating that our rating with the Better Business Bureau does not reflect your passion for helping people who are in need of sincere care, consultation and bull-dog negotiation capabilities. To this I made it clear that it is my goal to help each and every client and to achieve a 100% satisfaction rating with our client base, however, with the thousands of clients that we have helped over the years, it is only a matter of basic math that some of these would not be pleased with what we have attempted to accomplish for them.

I elaborated further by saying that the complaints we have against us are all in one way or another, by people who wish to blame us for their financial problems or wish our firm to deliver miracles, however, with a tax matter, miracles do not take place, but amazing results can be negotiated if our clients help us help them by supplying requested information on-time, answering our calls and meeting scheduled deadlines. And, when simple follow-through is not taking place and their tax issue is not being resolved in a 'miracle-like' fashion, these are the folks who make ugly remarks against our firm. And, because these individuals are falling further behind financially, many become desperate and will do disgusting acts as fear of financial insolvency looms.

In other instances, our competition has attempted to sabotage our business through claims that are completely false, if not comical in some instances. To these, we do not reply as we maintain a higher ethical standard and focus on what we can control which is our industry-leading ability to protect our clients and negotiate incredible results for our clients. We have thousands of satisfied clients who have either written gracious comments to their Associate Team and can be viewed on our 'Testimonials' web page, or even better yet, there are more case studies than I can count which substantiate my claim that we do amazing work for our clients.

My last point to my friend was that I started this business because I saw how a tax situation can cripple a family. I have three family members who were threatened, harassed, and ultimately brought to their knees by the Taxing Authorities. I watched helplessly as these issues persisted for years and in one case, bankrupt a family member. Nearly 15 years later, this family member is still feeling the effects of what the IRS did to him and his family. It is truly heartbreaking.

After graduate school, I stumbled upon this line of work and armed with personal experience of how devastating a tax lien can be, not to mention the sometimes arduous process of finalizing a settlement with the Taxing Authorities, I began Clear Creek with only one mission in mind. This was to help those in a seemingly helpless situation, to safe-guard their business, their assets, and to work tirelessly for those who may not have many financial resources and may be on the brink of a financial free-fall. I am proud to state that this was my mission in creating Clear Creek, and that I continue to work to ensure this culture persists throughout our company today. Helping those in a severe financial situation is not only our mission statement, it is the right thing to do - for that individual, for their family, for their children, and for their community.

So, yes, there are some who wish to print ugly and unethical statements against our firm, however, I am at peace knowing that the firm in which I helped create has helped thousands of people and businesses in the six years of being in business. This is what we do. This is what we enjoy doing.