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Operation Blockhead

(originally launched into cyberspace on 02/25/2003)

Dear List Subscriber,

(First of all, I'm not really officially calling this endeavor "Operation
Blockhead," but I couldn't resist just this once.)

With tax season gearing up (the season for misapplying the tax laws), it's
time to listen to "the experts." No, this time I mean it. Whenever you put
the 861 evidence in front of a so-called "expert," what do they almost
always recommend (after they're done with insults, assertions, threats,
etc.)? They suggest that if you have questions about what you owe, you

So here's how this will work:

First, I am NOT the one keeping track of this thing. Peter McCandless (the
guy whose radio show I've been on a bunch of times) was kind enough to
volunteer to orchestrate this emdeavor... so bury HIM with your questions,
not me. [Smile] Here is his e-mail:

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Here's the deal. We will be sending ONE question to as many local H&R Block
offices as we can, keeping a record of which offices were asked, and keeping
a tally of the responses (or nonresponses) we get back. For this
letter-writing campaign it is IMPORTANT that all the letters be exactly the
same. Here is the letter:

I'll tell you more about the reason for this, and the longer-term plan soon,
but for now here are the instructions:

1) Find a local H&R Block office. The phone book works, and since they're
advertising all over the place these days, they shouldn't be hard to find.
Incidentally, while I'm guessing most people will just pick a nearby H&R
Block office, there's nothing that says it has to be one close to you, and
nothing that says it has to be just ONE. If you have the time and desire to
do it, feel free to look up a HUNDRED Blockhead offices, and send each a

2) You should just be able to do a "cut and paste" of the text of the letter
at the link shown above, and put it into any word processor (even WordPad
which comes with Windows). You will just need to FIX THE DATE at the top of
the letter, and PUT IN YOUR NAME at the bottom.

3) Be sure to make a SECOND copy, and send it to the "cc:" address shown at
the bottom of the letter. That is H&R Block corporate headquarters. After
we tally up results for a while from the local offices, we want to put
headquarters on the spot.

4) Once it is sent, send Peter an e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and tell
him ALL of the following:

The ADDRESS of the H&R Block office you sent it to.
The DATE the letter was sent.
Your E-MAIL so we can check if you got a response.

That's about it. We're still figuring out exactly what to do once we have a
decent number of responses, but it will probably include running a newspaper
ad in a Kansas City newspaper (where Block headquarters is) at the peak of
"tax season." But for now, we just need to start asking the question.

Once more thing: Chances are that most, if not all, H&R Block offices won't
want to answer the question without getting PAID (if they answer it at all).
If you are able to contribute financially to help get some responses (the
per-response cost shouldn't be very much), please do! Again, contact Peter
( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you're willing to contribute to this. (And yes,
it is somewhat annoying to be giving any money to people who MISapply the
law, but in the end it will be worth it.)

If you sent a letter, and they respond with how much it will cost, it would
be great if you can cover the cost yourself. If not, contact Peter as ask
if we have funds to cover it.

Again, thanks to Peter for volunteering for this... and I hope he lives
through it. [Smile]


Larken Rose
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