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Alternative Tax Fact #6: At H&R Block, pay more for what’s yours

Alternative Tax Fact Free isn't always free - TaxAct Blog

There are a lot of things in life that should be free but aren’t.

For example, free chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant has always been nice perk, but unfortunately, many chains now charge for the tasty appetizer. Or what about filling your tires with air when you fill up your gas tank?  It used to be free, but now many gas stations charge a fee. A fee for air?!

H&R Block is another culprit of charging a fee for something that should be free.

Taxpayers who choose to use H&R Block More Zero to file their federal and state tax return this year might be surprised to learn access to their return after it’s been filed is not included! That’s right, there’s a fee for that.

In life, there are several situations where you may need to access your tax return. Say you’re applying for a mortgage, for example. You’ll likely need proof of your income, and your tax return is a natural source for that information. The same is true if you’re applying for other loans, student financial aid (FAFSA) or need to reference your income for a number of reasons.

But if you file your tax return with More Zero, 24/7 access to your return after you file isn’t available for free. Instead, you have to pay more – a lot more than $0 – to have that privilege.

It’s your tax return! Why should you pay a fee to access it? We think that’s nuts!

Instead, we choose to take a different approach. When you file your 2016 taxes with TaxAct, you get 24/7 access to your return for a cool nothing for up to seven years.

Yep, you read that right. It’s free. Because we think giving you access to information that was already yours is obviously the right thing to do.

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