JK Harris, a firm that advertises its ability to help taxpayers solve their problems with the Internal Revenue Service for pennies on the dollar, has agreed to pay $1.5 million in restitution to former clients and change its advertising as part of an agreement with attorneys general in 18 states.

Attorney General Martha Coakley of Massachusetts and 17 other AGs signed a consent judgment with the Charleston, S.C.-based firm and its president, John K. Harris. Coakley had filed a complaint saying the firm did not assist its clients as advertised and would not give them refunds when clients complained that services were never completed.

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