Well-known 'Tax Lady' Roni Deutch is sued by California

The "Tax Lady," North Highlands tax attorney Roni Lynn Deutch, was sued for $34 million by state officials today on charges that her firm swindled thousands of clients.

The lawsuit by state Attorney General Jerry Brown says Deutch's $25 million-a-year empire is essentially a fraud, with clients paying thousands in fees but getting little or no legal assistance in return.

Known for her relentless TV ads, Deutch promises to help people who are in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. Brown's suit says that only 10 percent of her clients ever get their tax debts resolved. Most quit or are terminated by Deutch's firm and are denied refunds after Deutch's staff bills them for work that wasn't performed, the lawsuit says.

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