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The attorney general’s lawsuit alleges that Nu Republic told tax-filers it could double their tax returns or net free cash advances if they pay a fee of about $350.
“In reality,” Raoul’s statement said, “Nu Republic extracts additional high, undisclosed fees from consumers’ tax refunds without their knowledge, and the company charges consumers for unnecessary and expensive tax-related financial products.”
The fees can total more than $1,000, he said.
Nu Republic did not respond to requests for comment. The company's website does not include a list of its locations, its officers, or tax filing information.
“I am asking the court to immediately shut down Nu Republic so that no other consumers are charged these illegal fees to file tax returns,” Raoul said in the statement. “People should be wary of tax preparers who offer ‘free’ incentives and promise big refunds, because these offers can ultimately lead to expensive, and in some cases, prohibited fees.”
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Neighbors say they did not even know plans for the tower were in the works.