I am a tax professional that do my own as well as many others tax returns every year. However, this year I needed a refund advance. So, I went to Jackson Hewitt who was advertising tax anticipation loans up to $1300 with your last paystub and up to $3200 with your W2's. I came in with my last paystub initially and had my taxes prepared but not filed. At this time, I applied for the anticipation loan that was offered and told that after I have my taxes prepared I would receive a decision as to whether or not I was approved for a loan. I was also told that it would be in two sums. I would get some now and then the rest after I bring in my W2's and actually file with Jackson Hewitt. So, after the initia preparation, maybe 2 hours later, I received an email stating "Congratulation's! You are approved for $200 today and $800 once you bring your W2's into Jackson Hewitt and finish filing your taxes". It did not say that this was a pre-approval in my email. So, once I actually filed my taxes weeks later, I did not receive anything else as promised in the email. I would like to sue both parties for the fraud and misleading information, or whatever is possible. Where to begin?
This is not really a tax law question. I doubt, based on the facts provided, that any lawyer will be willing to represent you on a contingent fee basis, and based on the amount involved, it's not worth your while to pay anyone hourly to represent you. You can try filing an action in small claims court, but I doubt you would be successful, as J-H has their contracts and policies prepared by attorneys who know and understand the law and what they are doing. I am changing the category of your question to "Litigation" so you will get more responses.
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For the amounts you are dealing with here (essentially the time value of $600 over a few weeks) you best approach is not a law suit but a complaint to the licensing agency
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