Stop Predatory Tax Refund Loans
  • Petitioned John Hewitt

This petition was delivered to:

Liberty Tax Service CEO
John Hewitt
Jackson Hewitt CEO
Harry Buckley
H&R Block CEO
Russ Smyth

Stop Predatory Tax Refund Loans

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Sign AlterNet's petition demanding the executives of the three biggest tax preparation companies end these shameful and destructive practices. 

Liberty Tax Service, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt are making out like bandits by charging effective interest rates of up to 500% on "Refund Anticipation Loans" to low-income Americans.

According to a report by the National Consumer Law Center, "consumers paid an estimated $738 million in RAL fees in 2008 to get quick cash for their refunds – essentially borrowing their own money, sometimes at extremely high interest rates."

These predatory loans target people who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit: the working poor, in other words.

We will send a copy of the petition to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, asking him to put a stop to Refund Anticipation Loans and to cancel the IRS' Debt Indicator Program, used by tax preparation companies to check customers' private information when making the loans.

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