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!)

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  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:
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    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.”
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    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.”