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State Board Report

April 2013

Twice this tax season, H&R Block unsuccessfully tried to stop Intuit’s TurboTax ads that claim users who need assistance with filing their taxes using the Turbo Tax program could get help from Turbo Tax’s CPAs, enrolled agents or tax attorneys. Although neither H&R Block, nor any other tax preparation service, was mentioned by name in the Turbo Tax ad campaign, it portrayed other tax preparers as part-timers who might also be plumbers, sales clerks, etc. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri rejected Block’s request for an injunction for the second time on March 11, 2013 stating the ads are neither false nor misleading.

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