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H&R Block, Inc. Message Board

doontoothers2000 7 posts  |  Last Activity: Oct 12, 2014 1:07 PM Member since: Jul 2, 2003
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    Worst Places, continued

    by david4801 Aug 26, 2014 9:16 AM
    doontoothers2000 doontoothers2000 Aug 27, 2014 9:34 AM Flag

    Good post, David. What I have witnessed over the years is good pay and benefits when jobs are plentiful, and bad pay and benefits when job seekers are plentiful. As the "gold watch" and pensions disappear, companies are allowed to get richer on the backs of it's workforce. Companies have learned if you can't get cheap labor here, there is greener pastures overseas. As job seekers take the hit with lower pay, it justifies buying the cheap overseas product! Like a catch 22, if we don't buy American products jobs go bye-bye, consumer dollars then dictate we NEED foreign lower priced products. Look at the growth in "Dollar Stores". Is every thing in them made in China or Taiwan? I honestly believe companies will continue to look for higher profits, and treat it's work force badly while there are millions lined up trying to get hired. When a company can so easily replace it's workers, and pay the next guy less, the working man/woman can be "beat up" and have to toe the line grateful he/she has a job at all. Until we can create more jobs than workers, only then will the micromanaging stop, pay will go up, and job security will return! YET, how do we do that, when we're stuck in this catch 22?

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    by baddad007 Jun 24, 2014 9:56 AM
    doontoothers2000 doontoothers2000 Sep 1, 2014 9:59 AM Flag

    Again you "assume" all franchise's have employees sign a contract! That all franchises' follow every rule and regulation. You seem to love the attack mode should any one dare to disagree or say anything negative about Liberty. I have a personal relationship with 2 EA's who had to shut down, (one filed for bankruptcy) and one CPA with a highly successful accounting business that added Liberty Tax Prep to his office, which did NOT work out for him. After two years, he peeled Liberty's sign off his window, and stayed opened till his death a few years later. I KNOW what all 3 of these really good guys went thru, from buying into what they believed to be their dream business, to the stress and strain and cost of failure.
    FYI, I have retired, and am training my replacement. Because it's my son's office, I will only take on long time clients that won't go to another preparer. Most have been with me since my HRB days. Like it or lump it, both HRB and Liberty have their B.S. factor. I've told you more than once, I was happy for you and my son for having a successful Liberty, there are many, and hopefully Liberty will keep growing. Being reduced to having a temper tantrum and cussing while trying to advertise Liberty's value on the HRB message board is NOT the best way to win customer confidence, or make preparers want to work there.

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    by baddad007 Jun 24, 2014 9:56 AM
    doontoothers2000 doontoothers2000 Sep 1, 2014 12:20 PM Flag

    Can we agree there are low volume franchise offices? That a new office needs to be staffed 76 hours a week (9-9 weekdays 9-5 weekends). Can we agree there are many "dead hours" during tax season? . Staffing an office is done by a guesstimate of how many clients are expected on a day to day basis. New franchises haven't got a clue and tend to over staff. Too many preparers can lessen the bonus for all, too few preparers losses business when clients won't wait. It takes time for any new business to grow and establish a reputation.
    With 3-6 preparers some will get more "dead time" than others, won't have the availability for max peak hours, and no repeat request to fill March's calendar. A bonus for them will be nothing to brag about.
    When I worked at Block, they would close any new office that did less than 800 returns. Most HRB pros will refuse to work a new office, as the risk of less pay is too high.
    I did complain about pay when I discovered the new starting pay at Block is $9 with NO commission, as 10 years ago it was $10 with commission. I do NOT understand why a worker in a service industry working one on one with clients, as the representative of the company, who are capable of putting out a start to finish product while building trust, that brings growth wouldn't be more valuable with all the training one has to learn on their own time. A filing clerk starts at $12.50 an hour, knowing nothing more than the alphabet.

  • doontoothers2000 by doontoothers2000 Oct 11, 2014 11:52 AM Flag

    Notice 2014-58 amplifies Notice 2010-62, 2010-40 I.R.B. 411, by providing additional guidance regarding the codification of the economic substance doctrine and the related penalties.

    Who writes this stuff? Can they make taxes more complex and confusing and honestly expect 100% compliance? Makes me wonder what IRS budgets for training their own staff.

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    IRS notice

    by doontoothers2000 Oct 11, 2014 11:52 AM
    doontoothers2000 doontoothers2000 Oct 12, 2014 1:07 PM Flag

    Your explanation is perfect here. Short and to the point, not much different than explaining a credit on a state resident return when another state is taxing the same income. Give yourself an A+ for making it easy enough for a client to understand.

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    by baddad007 Jun 24, 2014 9:56 AM
    doontoothers2000 doontoothers2000 Aug 26, 2014 10:05 AM Flag

    I stand corrected. Min. wage in AZ is $7.90, and as you pointed out Liberty recommends $8. I guess that 10 cents difference is a MAJOR OOPS on my part? As I also pointed out the bonus is dangled, I'm aware of a few franchise's that had zero profit, and did not have the means to pay it. Personally, I think $8 an hour is an insult. We start our wavers with $10, and they get a bonus too!

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    by baddad007 Jun 24, 2014 9:56 AM
    doontoothers2000 doontoothers2000 Sep 2, 2014 10:08 AM Flag

    What I have witnessed goes against what you believe, making you feel you have the "high road", and can throw out the word liar. Truthfully, it doesn't bother me, doesn't make me mad, as I learned a long time ago, when some one doesn't want to believe something, any thing said against that belief is a useless conversation. Those that know me know I am NOT lying, and that's all that counts.
    Do you remember the conference call of how to get FREE labor by using people without pay for XXX number of hours? I think it was John's son that came up with that idea. Hopefully NO ONE used it!

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