Erik Ketelaar, Wannabe GOP Bigwig, Under Fire from Clients of His Company Tio Sam Taxes

What kind of problem?

"They don't want to send people their refunds," he claimed before his PR guy, George Lin, got between us and announced that the interview was over.

Ketelaar then walked behind a projection screen. After Lin stomped off, I followed Ketelaar, who clearly was skittish.

He claimed he wasn't hiding from me.

"Look, my goal is to help people out," he said. "I didn't ask for any money up front from anybody, and that's the truth."

I told him that I wanted to hear his side in detail. I gave him my card, and he promised on a handshake to call me the next morning.

Which did not happen.

Nor did Ketelaar or anyone at Ketelaar Accounting return my subsequent phone calls or e-mails.

I contacted a local spokesman for the IRS, who would neither confirm nor deny that the IRS was investigating Ketelaar.

However, I was referred to sections of the IRS website that explain how the practice of a tax preparer's accepting a client's refunds -- either via check or direct deposit so that fees can be deducted -- might be considered "disreputable conduct."

One CPA I've spoken with says there could be a legitimate reason for such a practice, but refunds usually are to be directed to the taxpayer.

Tovar has had a couple of run-ins with employees of Ketelaar Accounting while trying to get her daughter-in-law's refund.

She showed me a copy of a contract the Ketelaar folks wanted her to sign, agreeing to pay a portion of money owed her family member.

She said she and other complainants were offered $500 checks from the Ketelaar people during one meeting, as an advance.

Before leaving the meeting, she called the bank the checks were drawn on. She was told there was not enough money in the account to cover all the checks in question.

"What, do they think I'm stupid?" she said of the meeting. "This guy Ketelaar claims to be a millionaire on Facebook, but [his company] couldn't cover more than $1,000?"

E-mail stephen.lemons@newtimes.com.

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Karma_will_get_you
Karma_will_get_you

Erik Ketelaar wrote me a bad check. He is an accountant, and he wrote bad checks. He isn't even good at being a CPA.

stovar2010
stovar2010

Your the best hope he never has another opportunity to take anyones money again

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Oh looky the next GOP Az state senator!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

These "want to be a GOP bigwig" types are simply too stupid to understand ethics and what sane people expect.....

fankromank555
fankromank555

lol, US POlitics. Best politics money can buy lol.


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Jukes
Jukes

In addition to "reducing red tape and lowering taxes," almost all Republicans are in favor of reducing citizens' rights to bring small lawsuits against private companies like Ketelaar's (which they like to describe as "frivolous").  So it doesn't surprise me that he's insinuating himself with gubernatorial candidates from the GOP.
What a scumbag.  As usual, people least able to afford it are the ones being ripped off.  Tio Bandito, more like it.

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Classic...a guy who is an incompetent businessman at best, and a scummy, money-stealing, criminal slimeball at worst, blames the IRS for all his problems instead of his own slimy, sketchy business practices. Of course said guy becomes a GOP kingmaker; the GOP hates the IRS too, just like he does. And just like him the GOP wants to do away with all those evil, nasty regulations designed to keep slimy scumbags like him  from stealing vulnerable people's money so they can make a profit...uh...I mean....designed to keep good ol 'mercun small business people from making an honest living! Yeah, that's what I mean....

It's so predictable it's not even funny anymore....

annarkey14
annarkey14

He sounds like the perfect guy to teach a course in Republican Business Ethics.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Why is the IRS so coy about whether or not this crook is being investigated? That is a mystery all by itself. Hopefully he'll someday be running his business from a prison cell, just like a Mafia don. Oh, has anyone contacted the BBB? Surely they have something on him.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

This guy is a con artist.

Nothing more and nothing less.

Reggievv
Reggievv

As a first class Republican operative, Erik has the all purpose answer to the problem of not getting the refunds to his sucke. . ., I mean customers-----It's OBAMA's fault!!!

Jukes
Jukes

@eric.nelson745 It's not a matter of being coy.  I seriously doubt any government agency would confirm or deny an investigation against any private citizen.  They might say "the situation" is being looked at but I seriously doubt they would confirm looking at charges against a GOP bigwig.

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