Eric's story is one that could happen to any of us who fail to pay our fair share. Let's all root for Eric and hope he gets the "relief" that he "deserves."
Fifteen seconds in-- "I tried to make payments..." Yeah, we've all heard this from people who owe money: "I wanted to pay it back, I tried to save the money, I intended to cut you a check, I was waiting for my tax return..." blah blah blah, as if Stated Intentions paid the bills. It's remarkably easy to make payment plans, to write down a budget, to set up a Schedule- but when it comes to actually parting with your money, you found that more difficult, didn't you, Eric? And the mean old IRS didn't seem willing to take into account that you had all these great intensions. Because they're mean.
"The IRS wasn't satisfied with Eric's efforts..." any more than my landlady would be satisfied with my "efforts" to pay the rent if they didn't result in....the rent getting paid. Funny how that works.
"They're putting a lien on my home, my income..." yes, Eric. That's what happens when you take the money you are supposed to be using to pay your taxes to buy other stuff instead. If you won't pay voluntarily, the money needs to be taken involuntarily. This is called Life, Eric. Not quite sure why it seems so threatening and arbitrary to you.
"Optima Tax Relief is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau." The BBB is not a government agency. It's a rating service that depends on advertisement, the Chamber of Commerce, and ignorance to be taken as a valuable gauge of trustworthiness. I'm constantly amazed at how many people think that it's some kind of official, nonpartisan, nonbiased judge of good business practices. I care about as much about the BBB's rating of any company as I do about how many stars another company has on Yahoo Reviews. They are equally trustworthy.
So I guess that in the end, Optima Tax Relief got Eric out from under the burden he created for himself, so Eric can go right back to being a scofflaw living off his neighbors- who, I presume, are actual taxpayers- until he finds himself the "victim" of the IRS once again. Another happy ending, right?