Campaign strives to educate Spanish-speaking taxpayers, remove challenges
Aug. 15, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For those new to the U.S. tax system, filing taxes can be a confusing and intimidating process. For Hispanics, barriers such as language, fraud and misinformation add to the list of complications. To help address Spanish-speaking taxpayers' needs for trustworthy and credible help, the
Hispanic Access Foundation
has expanded its outreach and educational campaign in partnership with
, the world's largest tax services provider, to reach more than 3 million additional Latinos.
rate Para Un Futuro Mejor" (Prepare Yourself for a Better Future)
emphasizes the importance of building an accurate tax history and gives Hispanics tools to protect against fraud and misinformation in the tax preparation process.
"This campaign has already helped thousands of Hispanics with issues such as fears about immigration status, situations of fraud and trusting unskilled tax preparers," said
, executive director of HAF. "The demand for help is so immense there was no hesitation in expanding to more cities. This is a critical need for Hispanics and for the long-term prospects of this country as a whole."
Hispanic buying power is expected to reach
in 2015, according to a recent Nielsen report. Additionally, the U.S. Census estimates that Hispanic business-owners contribute more than
to the nation's economy. While there is no concrete number, estimates place the number of Hispanics not filing taxes in the millions.
"For the majority of Hispanics, it's not a question of not wanting to pay taxes, but rather a lack of understanding and fear of the process. With access to quality information in their language and to bilingual tax experts, they can build their knowledge about taxes," said Arce. "H&R Block and its more than
2,500 bilingual offices nationwide
make them an ideal partner to help this population."
Throughout the campaign, HAF and H&R Block will work with faith-based and community leaders to discuss tax issues, participate in community events and promote informational tax seminars called "Tax Talks." More information about this campaign and a list of seminars is available at
About Hispanic Access Foundation
Hispanic Access Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to promote responsible citizenship, educational attainment, and active engagement in the improvement of the health, environment, and financial well-being of Hispanic families throughout the United States. Working with and through strategic partnerships
with faith and community organizations, HAF is dedicated to providing
access to vital information and community resources
to the U.S. Hispanic population to improve health and quality of life. For more information visit
About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest tax services provider, having prepared more than 600 million tax returns worldwide since 1955. In fiscal 2012, H&R Block had annual revenues of
and prepared 25.6 million tax returns worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided in
retail tax offices by nearly 100,000 professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the
H&R Block Online Press Center
Contact: Robert Fanger
SOURCE Hispanic Access Foundation