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Shelley Elmblad

H&R Block to TurboTax: Bring It On

By February 7, 2013

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The CEO of H&R Block, Bill Cobb, recently wrote an open letter to say, "I am offended that TurboTax® is targeting our 90,000 H&R Block tax professionals" in TV advertisements that he believes are false and misleading. Perhaps you've seen the ads, which feature a plumber or a woman working in a clothing store, both who have moonlighted as tax agents. Cobb goes on to say that TurboTax is not only trying to mess with the reputations of the tax professionals, but also sales clerks, plumbers and Americans who hold down two jobs.

You may have seen some H&R Block commercials that say you can't get a tax pro's signature on your tax return if you use tax software like TurboTax. I'm not taking sides on this issue, but found Block's commercial to be ironic considering that it markets H&R Block At Home tax software against TurboTax every year. H&R Block decided to produce their ads after a judge dismissed the case they were trying to bring against Intuit to get the commercials taken off the air.

Read more details: TurboTax is taking cheap shots at H&R Block

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