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Yom HaTax Day — Rules for Observance, Bloch by Bloch

How Jewish is tax time? It’s not like there’s a special feast or fast to commemorate it. Yet, there is a principle in the Talmud that discuses your obligation to pay.

Considering the coast to coast presence of H & R Block, America’s approach to tax time is pretty Jewish. Ponder this as you shlep your box of receipts to one of their over 10,000 offices. H & R Block is the brainchild of Henry and Richard Bloch, two nice Jewish boys from Kansas City who in 1955 had some innovative ideas about filling out tax forms.

Up until that time, the IRS had provided free assistance with your taxes. Henry Bloch, who had attended the Harvard Business School, realized that, as the free program was phased out city by city, there would be an opening for a new tax preparation business especially for “the little guy.” Soon joined in the business by his brother Richard, a Wharton Business school graduate, the two Blochs had opened over 200 offices by 1962.

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Yom HaTax Day — Rules for Observance, Bloch by Bloch

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