We recently paid a catering company $1400 as a deposit for our upcoming wedding. The company was highly recommended by a number of previous clients and had been in business for over a decade. Then their bank accounts were supposedly frozen by the IRS and poof our $1400 is gone. Is there any way to contact the IRS or a bank or some sort of financial recovery service to get this money back?
If you have not already hired another caterer, potentially your best solution might be to try and work out something with these folks. Presuming of course that they still have access to their equipment, dishware, etc, and to the extent that what you have paid might cover their labor, equipment use etc there might be some way for them to provide the services you have paid for, if you pay for materials such as the food itself directly .
This presumes of course that it's only the IRS that they stiffed, and have not had most of their (material) capital assets repossessed or seized. and you still trusted them enough to work out something.
Otherwise as Duff points out you will likely need to file a small claims lawsuit and get in line with any other creditors.