H & R Blocktax refund scam!

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I am writing to inform others of the H & R block tax refund scam. 1st they tell you that you will receive a refund by direct deposit, debit card or some other way in 1 to 2 business days and charge a substantial fee for doing so the when you don't get it deposited they say the bank done it. Well its their bank. Anyway after not getting the refund they give you a number to call (a recording of course) and all it says is you will receive your refund in 8 to 15 days. Well I could have done this myself online without paying someone $300. They thrive on taking advantage of single women with children because the size of there refunds which is the category I fall into and was really depending on this money.

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    Chris White Mar 16, 2007
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    After H and R Block prepared your taxes, you entered into a LOAN agreement with HSBC Bank (no, it's not Block's bank; although Block recently received a bank charter, the loan products are still done through HSBC.) If you did not get your money in 1 to 2 days, it was because HSBC denied your LOAN application. You will now receive your money in 2-3 weeks, after the IRS has accepted your return(as stated in your LOAN agreement). You will then NOT pay the full amount of the LOAN fees and your refund will actually be larger. From your description, you were most likely denied the LOAN because of child credits or Earned Income Credit (the bank often denies these "fast" refunds because the refunds consist not just of the return of the easily verifiable taxes paid in, but a credit which usually greatly exceeds the amount you paid in).

    To suggest that Block "takes advantage" of single mothers with children is nonsense. From my experience, preparers not only explain the LOAN products, but try to dissuade clients from taking them. While the fees may be slightly higher for preparing forms calculating EIC, there is certainly the option to prepare the return yourself and get a payday loan (at a MUCH higher rate) from a currency exchange until the government credit arrives.

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    Marie Apr 02, 2007
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    I often find it funny that people feel they are being scammed by H&R Block because THEY did not qualify with HSBC bank for an instant money or rapid refund. They claim they are lied to and taken advantage of.
    Another fact that those who complain fail to mention is that you DONT have to pay any fees up front... all your fees are taken from your refund. Tax payers should not depend so much on a tax refund... If you need your money that fast, you should pay interest.

    A lot of people find the services of H&R Block helpful, those who get mad because they cant get their money in 2 days because they don't qualify really need to consider their own circumstances before pointing any fingers.

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    Mike Bradly Jun 03, 2007
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    I recently called to inquire about H & R Blocks service. I was told that H & R Blocks bank is not open on Saturdays. That is unfortunate since my bank, Bank of America, is open on Saturdays. I found the hours of service from H & R Block, their field offices, their bank, etc., poor and ineffective.

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    Paul Johnson Jul 04, 2007
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    This complaint is valid. The representatives if not well trained and attentive could care less about explaining the possible pitfalls of this pre-paid credit card. I too was mislead and I am not a single mother. I received the card with the knowledge that only part of my refund would be immediately available on the card, what I did not know was that this card is NOT accepted anywhere Visa is accepted. I had SEVERAL companies return the charges made to the card AND the responses of the representatives were slow and unhelpful. It required no less than 20 hours of my time to undo the mess created by using this card and I would strongly advise anyone who reads this NOT to use this card. If H&R's own associates consider this a poor idea/option you should definitely consider why. It's not only bad, it's wrong and I pray that someone has the resources and ability to sue the ever loving crap out of H&R Block over this poorly designed card.

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    Brian Martin Jul 31, 2007
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    I had the same problem. I also had a problem with the IRA I had put in. I put in $900 and ended up needing the money to move in to a new apartment. So I filled out the forms and turned them in. I was told it would take 7-10 days to receive a check in the mail. I didn't receive a check for 2 months due to numerous errors by their bank. I kept calling every few days just to be told that I would have a check in 3-5 days, which never came. How can a bank screw up that many times? H & R Block says "you've got people", but these are people that I don't want. I will never do business with them again.

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    Shana Anderson Dec 14, 2007
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    Last year I had my taxes done at H and R Block. When I first went in I was told I could receive an instant loan. This was prior to recieving my W2's and at the end of the year. Well of course I was denied and was told that I would not have to pay any fees to file my taxes when my W2's did arrive. So I went back in Feb. to file my taxes and was told that my fees would be about $300.00. I explained that was not what I was told and asked to speak with a manager. The manager turned out to be the very person who told me I would pay no fees. We discussed the situation and he immediately got angry, started to yell, and said I was denied because my credit was" bad". Now take in mind I have just purchased a home in Dec., have no major credit issues, and low debt to income ratio, so credit was not an issue anyway else. There were many other clients in the office that day. I tried to calm the gentlemen down and stated I just wanted to cover the issue and see if there was a resolution. He cursed at me and told me to sue him. I called several offices attempting to get a supervisor or hire-up to report the situation. No one would give me information. I was truly hurt and embarrassed. H and R block preys on vulnerable people and I feel just lies to get business. I will never work with them again! I will get a Quick Tax Software Program and complete it myself. The beauty of that is you get it back in the same time frame with only the cost of the program. I suggest many others do the same. And once you learn how to complete the forms you may be able to help others.

    Good luck to all this tax season. Don't let anyone mislead you!!

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    Shirley Thompson Jan 14, 2008
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    I wholly agree with the comment that H & R Blocks rapid refund is a customer scam. I was told that they would know when they filed the tax whether a person qualified for a rapid refund. Well, the same problem with a young mom with two kids and a husband that his place of work had closed . They were told they would receive a refund within 2 days and when that past they were told by the following day, and so on. After a week the H & R Bank said they did not qualify and they desparately needed the money. They receive no welfare, etc., to help. Now their refund may be here in 3 weeks?? I t was filed a week ago and the IRS does not even have a record of it yet, and H&R Block has assured them that it was electronically filed!!H & R Block can say it is just the banks fault, but the name of the bank is H & R Block Bank. For whatever reason ,looking into the matter I have heard this complaint from more than one person, I would think in any business you should not promise what cannot be delivered. And no, the tax preparer did not tell them the process of the loan. Sorry, but I cannot agree with using the rapid refund as a customer draw in unless it is true and stood behind. So if you are looking for a rapid refund I would NOT go to H & R Block.

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    Lee Wheeler Jan 15, 2008
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    Shirley writes "but the name of the bank is H & R Block Bank". This is NOT true. HSBC bank is the one who controls those loans, not H&R Block. The paperwork CLEARLY states that you may or MAY NOT be approved for this LOAN and if you are not approved, you will receive a check/deposit within 2 weeks and NOT BE CHARGED the interest fees. People sure want their money fast and are willing to SIGN ANYTHING to get it...they when the bank says NO they claim fraud. Pfffft. Grow up & watch what you are doing to begin with.

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    Tiffaney Muenchow Jan 18, 2008
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    They did the same thing to us my husband was in the hospital for 5 weeks & we were counting on that money. The HSBC said HR Block knew that the criteria changed & that you must have good credit to get the RAL or RAC . And HR Block never bothered to inform us that we may be denied. We have filed with them for more that 15 years & I WILL NEVER FILE WITH THEM AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    freddie Jan 27, 2008
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    I find it hard to believe they get away with it not being approved for credit is not a crime or a scam but not informing your customers or the credit check which they seem to forget 90 percent of the time is a crime they tell you there is a credit check for the instant refund once you are denied they tell you no problem for this small fee you can get your check in 1 to 2 days never mentioning a second credit check as a matter of fact they told me it was definite guess what this is deception hence theft by deception why is it theft by deception you get that fee back when not approved well that my be so but i dont get back the 275 tax prep fee i spent which i would have never done if i knew of the credit check because i can efile myself click some boxes for 10 minutes file and get my check in 8 to 15 days for free it is deception and false advertising.

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    kienne Jan 28, 2008
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    Everyone is misunderstanding the very first plug. I know because I'm experiencing it myself. H and R block has their own bank. Yes, they do... look it up. It is not hsbc it is h and r block bank. This is the bank that handles all your payroll direct deposits through out the year. As well as direct deposits sent directly from the IRS< excluding HSBC products, this is for us customers that use their online tax products like TAXCUT, to do our own taxes. Then after the IRS deposits the money into your account h and r block is responsible to forward that money from their account onto your emerald card. Low and behold days, and days, and days pass without even so much as a verification that they even received it. When my payroll is direct deposited I get it from h and r block the next day on my card. Yet, here it is tax season and they are processing 24,000 rapid refunds thru their bank , issued from HSBC per hour. Yet for us people that are yearly customers we are set on the back burner , after they have our money in their possession for an undetermined amount of time, the whole while collecting interest on our money. Now in the mean time if you attempt to contact this bank to just verify they received the money, They give you the call this dept. and that dept. routine. The actual number to the bank 1-888-687-4722 conveniently is out of service for days on end with no other phone number listing to contact them. Everything I am saying is the 100% true and verifiable. Believe me I'm living it... They motto should be, Yes, you can do your own taxes with our Tax cut program, ad yes, use your old yet good emerald card for Direct Deposit, But because you refused to pay our speedy fees for hsbc, you money will sit in our accounts, until we're damn good and ready to give it to you.. While "you got people" we got your money!!!

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    F Wood Jan 28, 2008
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    I think I might be agreeing to last comment.... I am furious with H and R Block..... I DO NOT get a tax refund loan, I simply file my taxes with the Tax Cut software.... I have been using it for YEARS.... This year when my refund has not arrived in my bank on time, I contacted customer service.... I am posting the transcript from the help session.. She clearly is scurrying me off with giving the IRS number ,,, How Dumb!..... (it has been 2 business days past the date of this help session, and believe me, any more grief and I am not complaining.. I am gonna SUE).. I am blanking out my name to F because I like privacy............You have been connected to Amber C........................
    Amber C.: Hello F, welcome to H&R Block's TaxCut Online Chat Support in North America! How can we assist you today?......................
    F: Hi... I was wondering if there is a way to confirm the bank information I entered on my return. When I look at the completed return the numbers are obviously hashed into some sort of other number (this is true on the previous year's as well). The IRS says my refund was to be deposited yesterday and it has never failed to be on time or even early in the past. So, I would like to confirm the bank information. .. .Thanks......................
    Amber C.: Did you use simple pay?.................
    F: Yes, I do............................
    Amber C.: It will take 1-3 business days after the IRS releases the funds to our bank..................
    Amber C.: You can contact the IRS to verify........
    Amber C.: If you can hold I will get the number for you..............
    F: Is that something different than previous years? I have never had that to happen........
    Amber C.: We changed banks.................
    Amber C.: The number is 1-800-829-4477.................
    Amber C.: Is there anything else we can assist you with today?..........
    F: Oh.. I see. Thanks for the number, but that is really all the information I needed. Can I save this session?...................
    Amber C.: Yes you may............................................
    Amber C.: Thank you for contacting TaxCut Online Support, F, and we look forward to serving you in the future!..................................................
    F: Thank you

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    Some of these complaints are not about loans. They are about tax refunds not being direct deposited. This is what happens when the bank that H & R Block uses keeps the money in their account instead of direct depositing it into your account. At www.handrblock.com when you do your taxes online with Tax Cut, you have more than one option to pay that $14.95. You can pay with a credit or debit card. I used that feature when I did my son's taxes. His tax refund has already been deposited into his bank account. I did my taxes on the same day I did my son's, and the IRS scheduled my deposit to go in my account last Friday. However I used another feature to pay my handrblock.com bill. I used the feature where they take the $14.95 right out of my refund. That costs an extra $29.95 to do. Whenever a person uses this feature, the IRS deposits your refund into H & R Block's bank account and then H&R Block in turn direct deposits your refund into your account minus the 14.95 and the 29.95. So where's my refund right now? Who knows. It's not in my bank account. The IRS said they direct deposited it into H & R Block's bank already. Someone is making a heck of a lot of interest on my money and everyone else's money that is sitting in a bank account somewhere. Calling H & R Block's bank is a joke. Last week's estimated hold time was 328 minutes. This morning's estimated hold time was 998 minutes. Customer Service for Tax Cut does not handle these calls, as they have no idea how to trace a direct deposit and give you info on when the money was deposited. They just give you the phone number for the bank. I paid H & R Block for a service, and that service does not include from beginning to end like it should. I will never use H & R Block again.

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    Jean Jan 28, 2008
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    "Everyone is misunderstanding the very first plug. I know because I'm experiencing it myself. H and R block has their own bank. Yes, they do... look it up. It is not hsbc it is h and r block bank."

    I agree with everything you said, Kienne. People are misunderstanding. You're having the same problem I'm having. H & R Block is making money off our refunds. And it is indeed H & R Block's bank. People can read about it at http://www.handrblock.com/bank

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    money78 Jan 28, 2008
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    its not good but i guess its not bad, i have yet to recieve my money and it was deposited on the 25th from the irs... I should have just paid the 20bucks up front instead of letting the HR block goons take it out of the refund cuzz now i have to wait for hr block bank to then send it to my back, what a crock of poop, FYI I did my moms taxes via turbo tax and hell we had that money friday night at 12am....

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    N Harper Jan 28, 2008
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    I'm living this same hellish nightmare, Irs says they deposited the money on the 25th....yet I'm still waiting!!! WTF... why are they holding our refunds hostage? How hard is it to direct deposit the funds from their bank to minds? Exactly what is their agenda? This needs to brought to the media attention.


    SIGH, I have been holding for almost 20 mins waiting to speak to someone at this so called H and R Bank. Somehow I get the sinking feeling no one will answer, I am pissed off!

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    N Harper Jan 28, 2008
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    Ok, I finally reached someone and they said that YES the IRS deposited the funds for the people that used their online service this past friday (the 25th) and that we can expect our refunds to be direct deposited tomorrow (Jan 29th).


    So, let's hope they keep their word. Good luck everyone!

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    N Harper Jan 28, 2008
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    I also emailed them and this is the response I just received, so who knows.

    Our Response:
    The irs deposited your money in the pay account on 1/25 and we will distribute to your account no later the Wednesday. Sorry for the inconvenience!
    HRBB


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    Hmm, will we receive it tomorrow or Wednesday? *shrugs*

    I just hope they are not pacifying me with lies. If anyone wants to call here is the number I used : 888-687-4722

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    F Wood Jan 28, 2008
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    I didn't misunderstand the first plug.
    I explained that mine was somewhat different. I was just griping too..lol

    I use the same pay avenue every year, "Simple Pay"..this is the first year that H and R Block held my money. I didn't change, they changed. My money was always on time or early. They are holding money 3 extra days and I should have been told.

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    Sarah Jan 29, 2008
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    I agree H&R Block Sucks! This is the 3rd year we have done business with them and this year has been a nightmare.
    Here's what happened.

    To start with we had an appointment on January 18th, 2008 at 4pm. Our "tax professional" didn't show up, so we got stuck with a lady who knew less about taxes than I do and that is bad since I am having someone else file my taxes. It took 4 hours to file my taxes. About 3 hours into the session she has us sign papers and almost sends us out of the office until I reminded her that it is necessary to file STATE taxes. Duh! Last year we used the Emerald Card option and it worked out great. We were approved for half of our money that day and the other half arrived the very next day. So we got a new card in the mail this year. Since everything went well last year, we decided to use it again. (Our first mistake I guess)

    The lady supposedly put it in the 1-2 days for the Emerald card. We could not do it instantly because we are military and they have changed the laws on military. We aren't allowed instant money for some reason. We were not told about any credit checks or anything other than an extra $30 fee for getting it in 1-2 days. We were not given papers to sign or papers to look over and read or to take home. So before anyone says that I was in a hurry to receive fast money and signed just anything, I read everything that I sign, and we weren't given anything.

    So we filed our taxes on that Friday. I wasn't sure if the money would be affected by the weekend and then that Monday was a holiday, so I call H&R Block on Wednesday January 23 when my money wasn't there. Tuesday and Wednesday would be 1-2 days. On Wednesday I was told by the manager that it was approved by the bank Tuesday night and it would be Thursday at the latest. Thursday comes and goes. Friday I call back and tell them, that there still is no money on there. The manager doesn't know what is going on and says it should have been deposited. She gives me the number to the bank that is supplying the loans this year. (For everyone's information: I found this out after a lot of phone calls HSBC is no longer supplying the loans, H&R Block has a new bank this year called Metabank. I am guessing at the spelling.) So I call MetaBank. They have NO record or our information!!!!! WTF?

    By this point I am pissed but I am still being nice, because they have my money, lol. The bank says that the only thing they can think is either that H&R Block didn't submit the taxes as us getting a refund loan or we were declined, but if we were declined the guy said they should still have a record of us somewhere. (Remember that Wednesday the manager of the H&R Block office said we were approved by the BANK.) Now I am upset. I get other numbers to call. Luckily I call the IRS and they have our information and it is processing and everything is fine there.

    But no one still knows what is going on. I called the manager back and she was supposed to look into things for me and never called me back. She was supposed to call me Saturday January 26th. So I call her this morning Monday January 28th. By this point there is no reason to bother with the bank because this Friday will be the 8-15 days from the IRS. I told her that I am so upset and that we have had it with H&R Block. I also told her that I do not think that we should have to pay fees because of this crap. (I am not a freeloader, I am a customer who is not satisfied and I don't think that we have been treated fairly or like customers should be treated and we should be entitled to a refund if we are charged any fees.) She says that shouldn't be a problem and She will give me a call back. I doubt it though. I will probably have to call her back.

    So now I am waiting on Friday to come to see if the IRS is going to deposit my money into my account or if it is going to go into H&R Block Bank account. Hopefully this doesn't happen because as all of the other complaints have got me worried.

    I will post an update next week and let you know what happened. Good luck to all and to any people who are reading this that haven't gone to H&R Block, DON'T. They say "You got People", and you do but your people don't know what is going on or where your money is and they make no effort to find your money in a timely fashion. So if those are the people you want, you can have them, because we are done!!!

    Sarah

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    I have the same prob. with them. They changed the law for military not to get a RAL but a RAC. Only thing is I am national guard and that law doesnt apply to me. Well when I went up to the office and filed my taxes they told me that I could not do the RAL and I even showed them where in the law of the PayDay loan that it doesnt apply to national guard members. But there program did not let her check 1-2 days. All of this cause I have a w-2 from from the military for $2300.
    Well now it has been 9 days now and I am still waiting on my money to come in. I checked with the IRS this morning and they said they have already processed my return and I should have my money by FEB. 5 if the check will be sent directly to me. So my question is if I dont get my money by FEB 5 then why should I pay the fee for the RAC because It saved me no time at all. Just something to think about if this happens to anyone else. I will update when my refund gets in..

    Mikey

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    Jennifer Jan 29, 2008
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    I am having the same exact problem. I have used simple pay for the past five years and have always had my money on time. Until this year. The IRS deposited it on 1/25 and when it was not in my account I called HR Block and they told me there was a 1-3 day processing time. I was never informed of this. It has never been this way in the past. Why would I pay a 29.99 simple pay conveninece charge for them to hold my money. I was told on 1/25 that they had received my refund and that it was scheduled to be deposited on 1/29. Guess what...Its 1/29 and no money!!! I called again and was told that it should be there tomorrow as that would be the third business day. I asked if they could check and make sure it is scheduled to be deposited and they said they didn't have that information. I spoke with a supervisor who told me he only had 2 minutes of his time that he could offer. When I explained what was going on he just told me that I needed to call back if I didn't have it by close of business tomorrow and they would try and "escilate" my inquiry. And they told me he was late for a meeting and had to end the call. WTH???? I am furious!!!! I am a single mother of 2 children and I really need this money. And they could care less. No one can tell me the same thing twice. I will never ever use H&R Block again!!!

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    The truth be told 9 Jan 30, 2008

    I totally agree with everyone that is having problems with h&r block this year. We filed our taxes on 1/11, taking the 1-2 day ral. Out of $5300 they have given us $1081. We were told the first day we called, it was there just not posted. On Jan. 18th we called & was told there was nothing there. On January 25th the IRS deposited our money & when we called again were told there was a 1-3 day processing wait. Well today is the 4th day & after calling & talking to a " supervisor" we were told money would be in our acct. by 6pm. I informed them that if it was not, I was filing a complaint with the bbb, the fdic for insurance fraud at the bank, & the attorney general for Michigan. Well guess what, no money in account & I have sent complaints to all business' above, as well as the IRS for tax fraud, as they are holding money that is not theirs, which is embezzelment or stealing. I am wondering if they will ever give out the refunds, or will we have another lawsuit to wait for? Gl everyone, I hope you all get your money.

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    jillianv1221 Jan 31, 2008
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    There is no excuse for the behavior of HR Block at this point. The IRS deposited my refund on the 25th,the bank accepted it and It has yet to post to my emerald card. Every customer service agent I speak with has a different story as to why it hasn't posted and when it will post. They have 6056.00 of MY money and either can't or won't give it to me. I've filed complaint with the BBB and the FDIC. My biggest issue is that if their system in "overwhelmed" and can't keep up with the demand of their products, why are they aggressively advertising these products? I see a commercial for this useless Emerald Card every 15 minutes. Isn't that false advertisement? And why can't they train their customer service reps to tell the truth? I have been told so many different things, it is ridiculous at this point. I am still unsure as to how to hold them accountable for this. Do we sue or just file complaints?

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    UPDATE-

    Still no money. I called the IRS and they told me to call the bank directly. I was on hold for 3 hours and 27 mins before I was disconnected. Never speaking to anyone. I don't know what else to do. I am at a complete and total loss.

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    Taylor Doss Feb 01, 2008
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    Just FYI for anyone using H and R Block, as I read all of these complaints against H and R Bank (BLOCK, HSBC) I am re-living the anger I have had towards H and R Bank (BLOCK, HSBC) since 1/11/08. I was told relatively the same thing as everyone else here except I am still waiting a deposit of over 1500.00 and yes I did qualify for the the 1-2 day loan, just to let you know I did receive 1/2 of the refund of 4086.00 the same day, However I am still waiting on 1500.00 which was to be deposited into my "Newly opened Emerald Savings account" which is a H and R Bank (BLOCK, HSBC) product, waiting over 15-days which is not the agreement of 8-14 days that I signed and the Representative signed and I paid for of over 400.00 to get the fast service. Now H and R Bank (Block, HSBC) tells me the money is in the account, however I have not received any information from the H and R Bank (BLOCK, HSBC) concering the account ie; pin # account # or even a H and R Bank ( BLOCK, HSBC) Emerald Savings ATM Card. and yes they are holding our money "Hostage" However the Federal Trade Commision along with the FDIC has taken a several complaints on H and R Block Bank (BLOCK, HSBC) and on February 15th 2008 myself and several other individuals I have contacted with the same complaints as I am reading here are going to start a class action suit against H and R Bank (BLOCK,HSBC)you may contact me freely on my email [email protected] if you would like to join in this endeaver.

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    danny hoverter Feb 02, 2008
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    As with every year for the last 10 years my family and I have used h & r block with no problems we were all stunned to find out that our 1 -2 day loans had not been approved And that we would have to wait 3 weeks to recieve our refunds even after paying for and and not recieving our imiediate loans.After surfing the web and coming across all these complaints i was stunned.I never imagined that they would do this to people.Its ridiculous to have to pay outragous amounts of money to prepair someones taxes that they could have done themselves for free and to have to wait the standard amount of time to recieve the refund.Thank you h & r block for all your help.youve just lost 5 customers.
    danny

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    Kathleen Fisher Feb 06, 2008
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    Stinkin' "People". The damn box could work better for us. I could cut and copy so many of these complaints. H & R Block sucks (I only went to them because I thought we needed an "expert" but my husband who only has his GED knew more about the taxes than the "experts" that we have had the last three years. God, I wish we would have just gone with "the box!!" They told us we would get our money in one to two days--not that it was a "loan application". In two days, we called and found out that we were denied the loan. They gave it to us the last three years!! So just like everyone else, 8-15 days.

    And don't even get me started on HSBC!!!!!!!!!! Oh dear God! H & R Block gives you the 800 number, and you get an automated system that tells you that you have been denied, then hangs up on you. No real person. No explanation. And here we sit on day 11 and no effing money. Screw People!! We're going back to the Box!!!

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    Deborah Fo Feb 08, 2008
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    I wholeheartedly agree that HR Block is a nightmare. Their customer service is absolutely horrendous. I am living a nightmare with them as we speak. I filed my taxes with them on Jan. 14, 2008. I paid them $309.00 to have my taxes done. I paid up front, no RAl or RAC involved. I did however for personal reasons opt to have the money put on the Emerald Card. When I was given the Emerald Card I was told I should go home an activate it and choose a pin. And the funds would be available in 8-15 days. I was never able to activate the card. I contacted the branch where I did my taxes and explained to the situation. I went into the office was given a new card after I was told the card was defective. I was not able to activate the 2nd card. I was then told that when the money is deposited by the IRS the card would automatically activate. I knew it was a lie just to appease me but I hoped for the best and still remained calm. I checked with the IRS website and found out the money was deposited on 2/1/08. I tried to activate the card. Of course it was still not working. I notified the office and was told they would take care of it. I went to the office on the 2nd and recieved no resolution but I remained calm. I called and called every number available and depended on the staff to help me. Yesterday, I was assured that everything would be taken care of and I should come to the office at 6pm. I did so. I sat there while the rep was on the phone with Emerald Card Services. Which was suppose to be done before I got the.

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    Deborah Fo Feb 08, 2008
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    (Which was suppose to be done before I got there) To make a long story short, after an hour and a half nothing was resolved. I asked for a refund of my $309. and a voice from the back rudely yelled "She's not getting a refund her taxes are already filed! She has to wait until we straighten it out!" That enfuriated me and I followed the voice. Admittedly I was wrong! I lost it! It all ended up with the manager "Rosa Fiorentino" hiding in the bathroom and the rest of the staff waiting outside in the cold for the police to come. I was not arrested even though the manager did file a report and wanted me charged with property damage but the District Manager Harry Rodriquez did get involved and finally this morning I have my money and I am expecting a refund check as reimbursement of my filing fees.

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    Debi Feb 08, 2008
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    I have now spent the last 4 hours on the phone with HSBC and H&R Block. Each person that I have spoken with tells me that they are unable to help me. This is my situation: I filed me taxes with TaxCut and chose the option to have my refund direct deposited (first mistake). I got my refund deposited at 12am last night just to find that H&R Block then withdrew the same amount out of my bank account. I sat on hold for 24 minutes before getting told "I am unable to assist you, you need to call HSBC, which is who we bank through". I then hung up the phone and called HSBC (888-832-5625) and was told by them that I needed to contact the technical support line (800-767-3346) the guy (though very nice and understanding) had no idea. He pretty much read me what I could read myself online and told me that I would have to wait until 2/22/08 to receive my refund, I again explained to him that I had received my refund but H&R Block took this money back out of my account and I wanted to know why. I do not owe back child support or anything to the government. I then called my bank and because (it even shows on my statement that it was taken out by H&R Block) they took it out, there was nothing my bank could do for me other then tell me that I needed to contact H&R Block. I then called the tech line back (the 2nd #) and after holding for 6 minutes the guy on the other line (I'm glad he didn't try to bull sh*t me) came back and told me that he could not do anything for me because they only deal with software issues, nothing online. He apologized and suggested that I call taxcut again (800-472-5625). I called again. I was on hold waiting for someone to answer for 42 minutes. I then called the same number on my fiancee's cell phone and was on hold for 7 minutes when someone answered. I explained the situation AGAIN and after being placed on hold for another 9 minutes, she came back with "I can escalate your issue and have someone contact you within 24-48 hours". I asked her if she was in a call center or if she actually worked for H&R Block and with a laugh she answered, "I'm in a call center". Come on, I worked in a call center for 6 years and I know how they "escalate calls". (If you don't know, its a call center, they are usually provided with less information then the general public, therefore nothing gets done with your escalation) I then called a local H&R Block office and they directed me to call HSBC back and explain this over and tell them that they should be able to track the transaction by the trace number or the referance number that I have on my bank statement (I didn't think the local office would be able to help me but I thought they may be able to point me in the right direction). I called HSBC back and when someone answered after only about 5 minutes, the girl was very rude and told me because my social seurity number does not pull anything up, they can't help me but "I can give you the customer service phone number to H&R Block and they should be able to help you". I told her that I have already talked to them and they are pointing me back to HSBC. She informed me (in a very rude manner) that because I don't have a loan through them, she can't help me. I said "So I am being told that you are H&R Block's bank, correct?" She said yes. I said "and you can't tell me why you guys put a check into my bank account only to take the check back out of the account?" She told me that they are only H&R Block's LOAN bank. They do not do anything with checks, I would need to call 1-888-832-5625 (the number I called and got to her) for more information. I told her that that is the number I called and got her and she said, "They must not be answering their phones or noone is available right now. I would try back tomorrow". To make a long story short, I am now waiting to call back between the hours of 8am and 5pm to a new number given on my voicemail while on hold with H&R Block to an 866-606-3400 (they left a case number so maybe I can call for 8 hours tomorrow to not get anywhere). If you haven't filed with H&R Block yet, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU NOT!!! If you have, hope your luck with them is better then mine.

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    Donna Feb 10, 2008
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    I have been an H & R Block customer for over 30 years. In the past two years, I have received both a pre-Christmas loan and this year a revolving line of credit on the Emerald Card. My tax refunds have been credited to my card in exactly the time frame given and this year within the same day. I understand that people would be upset at not having this go as smoothly for them. My suggestion is that you first have the preparer check to see if you are eligible for instant refund so that you can make a decusion as to how you process your refund. It's as simple as that. I have always been given excellent customer service and not ever given unkept promises. It is just good business sense to thoroughly check and ask questions especially when using a new process and it concerns your money. I value H&R Block and have trusted them for many years. If I have ever had a question as to something I was unsure about before, during, or after filing, I have always been given the courtesy of expedient, professional attention and answers. If they ever wanted an honest, satisfied customer to be a spokesperson for them, I would be more than happy to do so.

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    Charol Loper Feb 12, 2008
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    I am not sure what to think about all of these comments. I filed with H and R block yesterday because I previously used their early loan in Jan. 2008, the conditions of the loan were that I had to file my taxes with H and R Block, which i just did. I did my own taxes and took them the papers, all forms complete and ready to file. They still charged me $100 for a girl who was not very competent to enter my figures into her computer. If I don't receive my refund as promised I will file a law suit and any one who wants to come on board will be invited and welcomed.
    Look for my next comment in 3 days to see how things went.
    I should say I have never had a problem with H and R block and I hope one doesn't occur this year. I also want to say I did my mothers taxes with turbo tax online and had the fees deducted from her account and that return was very fast; they said she would have the money on the 8th of Feb and on the 8th she was spending money.

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    Mimi Feb 25, 2008
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    I understand why you all are upset, but what do you expect from people who set up office inside walmart or a strip mall? Do your research. You all say they are looking to get as much money as possible from preparing your taxes, but aren't you trying to get your money just as fast by having them prepare them? If you weren't looking to get your money as fast as possible, you wouldn't go there. File your taxes like millions of other americans, and WAIT. The only reason people say it's a scam is because they were denied a loan or their money quickly. Read the fine print of what your signing. And to say they take advantage of single moms with children because you receive a large refund is stupid. My husband and I have no children, and we receive a substantial refund every year. Just because you are denied something doesn't automatically mean it's a scam. I'm not sure why you would go to H and R block anyhow.

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    Susan WIlliams Mar 05, 2008
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    I filed my 2007 tax return with H & R Block the same as I have done for years but this year they put my physical address instead of my post office address and my state tax was returned because of this mistake. You pay these people a God awful lot to get everything right the first time and they should not be making mistake like these. When I called to tell them that the mistake was on them, they suggested that I call the state number, by the way is not toll free and give them my address. I have an 8:30 to 5:30 job and their hours are 8:00 to 4:00. When am I suppose to get in touch with these people. When I called the number, I was #28 in the que. I am on the job, how can I explain this to my employer. When I hung up the phone, I immediately called H & R Block back and told them I would never use them again. And I mean it. I know I am just one fish in the sea and they probably won't miss me swimming around.

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    SADE Mar 18, 2008
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    THE COMPANY ITSELF IS A SCAM. I also never had a problem them( other than thier exstremly high fees). I recieved the emerald card, and lost it feb5. its now March 18- still no card. I call, Im on hold forever. Every few days they tell me thier system was down and they will mail me antother card. Sorry, but they keep transfering me to people who dont understand me, nor vis-versa. this is crazy!! there is not even a physical place to complain. Word to the wise, dont trust your money in the cyber world!! H&R block and me are OVER!!!

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    Valerie Mar 19, 2008
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    I have been an h and R block member for years.I never use the rapid refund I wait the 8 to 15 days for my refund.this year i did the emerald card, and i was told 8 to 15 days.and dont you know i received my refund on my card exactly on the 8th day.I have never had any problems with h and r block.I've always gotten my refund between 8 to 15 days. The earlier you file your taxes the quicker you will get your refund. If you wait till the last minute it may take awhile to get your refund, cause theirs so many folks doing it at the same time. I think if people read things completely before they sign them they wouldnt have all these problems. People are getting mad cause they 're credit wasn't approved .That is not h and r blocks fault.as u know RAL stands for REFUND ANTICIPATED LOAN. the word (loan), and we all know if your credit stinks your not gonna be able to get a loan, no matter where u apply, and if u do get one the rate will be very high.H and R block is not scamming people.They provide a service to you, and they get paid for the services they give you.Thats preparing and filing your taxes.Like I said i have had no problems with them ever.

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    CJ Mar 27, 2008
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    Try calling the office in Bellevue, Nebraska, no answer, guess there is no such thing as Customer Service.

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    Kara Johansen Mar 29, 2008
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    I have filed with H&R block for years and did again this year. I had no problems with my return and everything went as planned but then again I filed right away 1/28/2008 I had half my money the day I filed and the other half the very next day. I have been with them for over 7 years and last year and this year I used the Emerald Card and haven't had any problems. I am not understanding why some people who have perfectly good credit aren't able to get their loans? I have TERRIBLE CREDIT and that is no lie my credit sucks, but anyways I was able to RAL mine with no problems could it be because I filed so early? I don't know but the best of to all of you who haven't received their returns, it has really made me think about whether or not I am going back to them next year.

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    Jen Ruegg Mar 31, 2008
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    My husband & I had our taxes done by H&R Block last week (3-28-08). I just want to say that we were NEVER told that we were actually "applying" for a loan (the lady seemed like she didn't know what she was doing or just very new at the job). If I would have known that, I would have told them my credit was bad & not to bother wasing our time & theirs. So, now I have had to do the same run around as alot of you have described. I think they should just tell people up front about this & then there would not be as many misunderstandings as for where our money is & all that. I am just another person that will not be going back or refering anyone to H&R Block. I hope they 1 either change the way they "explain" this & 2 make sure their employees are properly trained on it. Sorry for everyone who has had to deal with this & good luck to you!

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