A southwest Charlotte tax company was raided and customers kicked out less than 48 hours before the tax deadline.
Early Tuesday, Scott Cagler was inside Jat's Income Tax Service, an office in the back of a BP gas station at the corner of Remount Road and West Boulevard, when federal agents walked in.
He said he’d waited for two hours and was next in line to meet with an accountant when the Internal Revenue Service showed up.
"Federal agents came in from the IRS-CID and announced they had a search warrant and they were going to check files on computers and such," he said.
Cagler said agents checked the IDs of the dozen customers inside but let them go. He said the agents wanted to talk to the employees.
Eyewitness News cameras arrived shortly before noon and caught dozens of people walking toward the business’s unmarked door throughout the day. The customers who talked to Eyewitness News said the place was recommended by family members or friends.
Customer Robert Wilder, who had his taxes prepared by the business last year, said he went there Tuesday to get his taxes done.
Wilder said, "Everything is stuck in there. (The accountant) knows all my information. She knew exactly what to do with the situation I’m in right now. Now I can't even speak to her."
Eyewitness News tried to talk to the owner but she drove off without speaking. A spokesperson for the IRS would only confirm agents were on scene for official business.
By late Tuesday afternoon, agents had removed some boxes, while former customers scrambled to make sure this would be their only meeting with an IRS agent.
"(The owner) was surprised. They had signs inside saying they run a good business so don't try to lie on your taxes because they will report you," Cagler said.
Eyewitness News called the number for Jat's Income Tax Services and a recording said the business would be closed the remainder of Tuesday and Wednesday, and refund checks could be picked up on Friday from noon until 2 p.m.