Sparkman & Waterman Account

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  • 1155 Meridian Ave Ste 204

    San Jose, CA 95125

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  • 408-265-8400

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Took my tax problems to Mr. Waterman, from an ad on Craigslist.

Everything seemed good at first, seemed knowledgeable and capable. Quickly prepared several years of very simple taxes. Quoted me an excellent price for settling my tax account, which was necessary since I could not afford too much. Put down a deposit.

Things started to deteriorate after only three weeks when Mr. Waterman started going back on his commitment. We did not have a written agreement, and the verbal agreement started sliding when he started demanding more money instantly for incidentals like reading e-mails and taking phone calls. Then he started to increase the phone and e-mail traffic so that problems did not get solved with only one phone call or email. Instead of just fax filing our returns, he held it up for weeks and finally asked us to bring in our returns ourselves.

From time to time he would go into a tantrum without any warning. He obviously has a serious temper which contributes to his problems. And he seems to lack the time to finish any of the work he has committed to on time.

I started to suspect that he was simply churning up noncollectable billable hours by not solving our problems and then charging us for them, so he could take them off his taxes as a loss. When he started to threaten us with charging us 1/4 hour of time at $150/hr per e-mail to read and respond to his e-mails, when he was generating the reasons for the e-mails himself, and each time I sent him an e-mail to object he charged me again for that, I fired him. I notified him I was not going to pay anything more for these disputed charges. There was nothing in our agreement about paying extra for time to answer phone calls or e-mails.

At that point the only work he had completed, or would complete, was the work I had paid for. I feared he was going to take me to court to get a judgment for the disputed charges, so I immediately fired him. I got an extremely insulting and verbally abusive e-mail in response saying that if I even returned this final e-mail he would call his attorney in the morning, and referred to me as a "despicable human being".

I was going to leave the matter alone at that point, but sure enough I just got a bill for the balance of the work he had not completed, as if he had completed it. We have no written agreement so now I have to fight this bill which I do not owe. Interestingly he told me that last year he "had to"write off 20 to 30 thousand dollars of uncollectable billings by deadbeats. I'm sure that must be true. It's too bad the taxpayers have to shoulder the burden of this guy's tax scams. If he had left this alone I probably would have forgotten about it, but now I'm mad as hell.

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Took my tax problems to Mr. Waterman, from an ad on Craigslist.

Everything seemed good at first, seemed knowledgeable and capable. Quickly prepared several years of very simple taxes. Quoted me an excellent price for settling my tax account, which was necessary since I could not afford too much. Put down a deposit.

Things started to deteriorate after only three weeks when Mr. Waterman started going back on his commitment. We did not have a written agreement, and the verbal agreement started sliding when he started demanding more money instantly for incidentals like reading e-mails and taking phone calls. Then he started to increase the phone and e-mail traffic so that problems did not get solved with only one phone call or email. Instead of just fax filing our returns, he held it up for weeks and finally asked us to bring in our returns ourselves.

From time to time he would go into a tantrum without any warning. He obviously has a serious temper which contributes to his problems. And he seems to lack the time to finish any of the work he has committed to on time.

I started to suspect that he was simply churning up noncollectable billable hours by not solving our problems and then charging us for them, so he could take them off his taxes as a loss. When he started to threaten us with charging us 1/4 hour of time at $150/hr per e-mail to read and respond to his e-mails, when he was generating the reasons for the e-mails himself, and each time I sent him an e-mail to object he charged me again for that, I fired him. I notified him I was not going to pay anything more for these disputed charges. There was nothing in our agreement about paying extra for time to answer phone calls or e-mails.

At that point the only work he had completed, or would complete, was the work I had paid for. I feared he was going to take me to court to get a judgment for the disputed charges, so I immediately fired him. I got an extremely insulting and verbally abusive e-mail in response saying that if I even returned this final e-mail he would call his attorney in the morning, and referred to me as a "despicable human being".

I was going to leave the matter alone at that point, but sure enough I just got a bill for the balance of the work he had not completed, as if he had completed it. We have no written agreement so now I have to fight this bill which I do not owe. Interestingly he told me that last year he "had to"write off 20 to 30 thousand dollars of uncollectable billings by deadbeats. I'm sure that must be true. It's too bad the taxpayers have to shoulder the burden of this guy's tax scams. If he had left this alone I probably would have forgotten about it, but now I'm mad as hell.

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