Oxymoronically, H&R Block Teaches Tax Classes

With $174 and 11 weeks, H&R Block will teach you to fuck up tax returns like the pros.

“You’ll learn how to help others get the most from their taxes by spotting the most overlooked deductions,” — like listing fake babies! (An undercover report in April found H&R Blocks encouraging customers to list non-existent children to get more tax credits).

Question: is learning how to prepare fraudulent returns part of this class or is that an advanced curriculum?

(Thanks to Christy!)


Edit Your Comment

  1. Anonymously says:

    I took this course and they always taught us how to fill out returns legally and ethically. It was a good course and I’ll be happen to answer any questions people have about it.

  2. kostia says:

    I’ll second that; my dad took it many years ago and has always considered it a great investment.

  3. HawkWolf says:

    claiming nonexistant babies on your tax return? “AWW, PEG!”

    Come on, they stole that one from m-f-ing “Married: With Children”!

  4. Consumer007 says:

    Well, guess I’m divided given the comments here. Guess I’ll say this. It may be a completely valid decent course, but that doesn’t change the fact that they were BUSTED for cheating on their own corporate tax return to the tune of $32 million (story at http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=15850&hed=H%26R%2… so nobody will ever trust them again. I mean after all, when you cheat and mess up at the thing you claim you’re an expert at, well, credibility is shot forever…

  5. Anonymously says:

    Yep, that’s pretty shitty. To quote that article:
    Observers see this as a potentially big problem for Block.

    “Clearly it’s a public relations nightmare for them,” said Laurence K. Zuckerman, CPA, a Long Island, New York, tax practitioner who holds a master’s degree in taxation. “Realistically, preparing corporate returns is an inherently more difficult and complicated task than preparing tax returns for individuals en masse.”

    Yeah, they should have had their stuff together, but I think this might be a case of “throwing the baby out with the bath water.”