Wednesday, February 6, 2008

H&R Block Update

The following is a true story. There are a lot of crazy stories floating around cyberspace, but I speak this one from very recent experience:

Situation: A single girl, approximately 22 years old with two children, has her tax return prepared. Her wages for the year were in the $12,000-15,000 range. Due to the Earned Income Credit and her two children, and the fact that claiming those two dependents reduced her taxable income to zero, she received an IRS "refund" of approximately $5500.

Furthermore, she is not a U.S. citizen. She is in the United States with a resident green card.

A single girl the same age with no children, with the same wages and the same amount of federal tax withheld from her paychecks, would have received a refund of approximately $300...even if she is a U.S. citizen.

Please consider contacting your U.S. congressman on this one. Your tax dollars are possibly the ones paying these "refunds" to folks.

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