Tax Season: H&R Block’s Get Your Billion Back Campaign


One’s tax bill should be determined by tax rates, not the skills of one’s tax preparer.

With the Superbowl on the horizon can tax season be far off? Lately the retail tax-preparation giant H&R Block has been running an ad campaign called Get Your Billion Back in which they illustrate in various ways what a billion dollars looks like. The amount refers to unclaimed tax credits; according to Block, one billion dollars in tax credits go unclaimed each year, hence the campaign title.

The government wants us to be open and honest when it comes to declaring our taxable income. Fine; but that should work both ways. How about a little openness when it comes to credits and deductions?

As I’ve mentioned before, I find this most irksome. Two people with exactly the same conditions – income, expenses, deductions, etc. – should pay exactly the same tax. One’s tax bill should be determined by tax rates, not the skills of one’s tax preparer. The government wants us to be open and honest when it comes to declaring our taxable income. Fine; but that should work both ways. How about a little openness when it comes to credits and deductions?

By making personal income tax filing simple, with no loopholes or tricks, a level playing field if you will, there would be no fodder for ads such as Block’s.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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One thought on “Tax Season: H&R Block’s Get Your Billion Back Campaign

  1. Even simpler: a flat tax of say 25% for EVERYONE making over $18,000 (the poverty line). Zero loopholes, deductions, credits, etc. No exceptions! The average wage owner would keep 75% of gross income, the obscenely wealthy would not be able to hide and horde. The result would provide plenty of cash for health, eduction and public works. And your taxes would be done in 5 minutes!

    A moment of silence for lawyers and accountants.

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