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    I didn't take the commercial that way, at all. I took it as saying if you're going to have your pipes fixed, you want an expert plumber and if you're going to have your taxes done, you want an expert tax preparer.
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    Exactly. This is the America of today. You say you don't care for touchy feely effeminate men and instantly you're labeled a homophobe. I don't give a damn about H& R block or Turbo Tax. If you don't have a greater need for tax expertise, get you a tax program for you computer and just fill in the blanks. If you do, then you need a CPA. Much ado about nothing.
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    Some people actually spend their life looking for a cause to stand up for, and if there isn't one, they will make one up.
    All I know is when I needed a guy to fix a huge water leak, I never asked him if he had a degree or not, never asked my lawyer either, or my cpa.
    Come to think of it maybe I should have with my cpa.
    I gotta go give him a call right now!
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    Agreed. Of course you can do it urself, but the best way to get things done right is to hire someone thats professional in that area. They will get it done and get it done right with no problems. Thats all it is.

    This is such a stupid thing to be PC about.
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    I thought the take away from that commercial was about the lame guy who couldn't fix his own pipes OR do his own taxes... :-)
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    There is a definite snobbishness from academic types. I am more impressed by character. Or actual skills. The greatest industrial engineer I ever knew never went to collage. He was a legitimate genius. I've seen brilliance and stupidity that had no correlation to their education.
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    These days it seems that most people don't understand the difference between education and intelligence. I know a lot of people with college degress who don't posess enough common sense to dress themselves.
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    @Denizen_Kate kind of like that old joke that everyone makes fun of a redneck until your care breaks down or you are moving and need his truck.
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    @marine1 - I worship duct tape. It's just like the Force: it has a light side, a dark side, and it binds the galaxy together. ;-)
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    I wouldn't use either one, H&R Block have many tax people who have little experience, some only have a six week course. Our taxes are more complicated
    and we have a CPA w/ 27 years of experience that do them...I used Turbo Tax
    once, wouldn't do that again.
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    I've had the same CPA for well over 30 years now. It's just a question of who dies first. If it's him I'm pleading Insanity. I don't have a clue what's going on but he got us through three audits and we didn't owe a dime and in two of them he actually got a little money back. (of course we always held back a few deductions just in case of the govt overreaching. As they did).
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    Timmy Geithner used turbo tax, found he didn't really have to pay any taxes at all! LOL We use BDO, our taxes are way past my expertise, left me in the dust about 25 years ago.
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    My neice prepared taxes last season for H&R Block,she had NO EXPERIENCE. They basically showed her how to work the computer program and turned her loose.
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    @woodway

    Anyone with half a brain should be able to do a simple tax return without a computer. I doubt H&R Block hands their newbies accounts with lots of loopholes and questionable deductions. I commend them for giving people jobs and allowing them to work their way up.
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    " anything you do with a bachelor's degree is a profession" ?
    Wow who knew cleaning the bathrooms at McDonalds was a profession :-/0
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    seriously folks if you watch the computer for a tax preparer these days they are using a program that simply walks them thru every scenario and they either fill in the blank or they don't. There is every possibility a monkey could learn that program for the average person. Business and wealthy tax dodgers would be different of course but not for the average family.

    On the other hand once our kitchen faucet developed a leak. My wife, having no confidence in my abilities, asked a neighbor and he said a triangle washer in the handle portion of the faucet had given out. Said even I could do it. Take the faucet off, look at the washers, take the triangle one out and go get another one, put it in and reinstall the faucet. It cost me 1,.70 for the washer, two days to clean up the mess when the faucet exploded and 256.00 for a new faucet and installation. She never allowed me to do plumbing work or any kind of real maintenance again. A plumber is more valuable than a tax accountant.
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    @stepped_in_it LOL I wondered who would be the one to point that out. I didn't want to seem to be patting myself on the back. But there were additional benefits. When I said I was going to get a mower and edger and all the tools of lawn grooming she reminded me of the washer and said there was no way she wanted to be married to a guy who cut off his own foot so we got a lawn guy. Worked for me.
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    See there folks... 'Joe the Plumber' has got the political juice (pull). Taxes are seasonal anyway - kinda, sorta.
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    I'm thinking about having my tax guy stop over and look at my toilet.
    I dont know anything about plumbing, I just hope the tax guy does!
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    @cat2009 After 20 years in law enforcement, I got my electrical license.I wish I would have gotten the 20 years sooner :)---:)
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    It could have been worse, they could have used tim geithner, then H&R would have really had a reason to be pissed.
  • #86
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    What if a plumbing service did the same commercial in reverse? Would we be complaining that they are stereotyping tax preparers as not being smart enough to plumb?
    They're just different sets of skills and while there are probably some people who know how to do both they're few and far between. There are people who can program computers that would be kicked off the job on the first day if they attempted to work fast food. The hierarchy where we say X job is easy, Y job is hard is false. Hard and easy depends on your natural talents and your experience with the task.
    I would much rather be a tax preparer, I suck with doing things with my hands.
  • #85
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    This is the time of year when HRBlock is making piles of cash by taking advantage of lower class people. I guess its only natural for them to attempt to divert attention elsewhere.
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    How does one plumb? I don't know the first thing about plumbing. If I had to choose between becoming a plumber and a tax law preparer I'd choose tax law even if the plumber position came with more money.

    I guess what it boils down to is that plumbing and the knowledge and skills set that goes with it is not as valued by society as other things. But should it be equally valued?
  • #75
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    I would rather pay taxes when I spend my money. Eliminate the income tax. No loopholes, no drama. No April 15 deadlines.
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    I havent ever used "TurboTax" and wouldnt ever!
    I have heard of too many audits, because people do not do it right.
    I would rather give an accountant a J O B
  • #71
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    I've been complaining about that commercial since I first saw it. It's insulting to every blue collar worker especially a plumber as if the plumber doesn't make enough money so he takes a part time unskilled job at H&R Block. If they wanted to hammer it home then the couple should have been talking to a fast food employee or a bagger at a grocery store because those are unskilled jobs. Leave working men alone and out of your insulting commercials.
  • #70
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    I think what they were going for was,"Jack of all trades, master of none."
    But it turned out to be a Rorschach ink blot in a commercial.
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