Yael T. Abouhalkah

Donald Trump to Kansas City-based H&R Block: ‘I want to put you out of business’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said this week he’d like to “put H&R Block out of business.” That’s not a way to get support from people who work for the Kansas City-based company.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said this week he’d like to “put H&R Block out of business.” That’s not a way to get support from people who work for the Kansas City-based company. Bloomberg

Donald Trump didn’t make any friends with Kansas-City based H&R Block the other day.

In a TV interview, the GOP presidential candidate said the nation’s tax system is a complicated mess.

Amen to that, many Americans will respond.

But then Trump said this: “I want to put H&R Block out of business.”

Uh, wait a minute.

That could wipe out 80,000 jobs of people who work for the tax preparation business at thousands of franchise locations in America — and at the downtown Kansas City headquarters.

As could be expected, Trump offered no idea on how to improve the annual tax-filing ritual.

“I know exactly what I want to do,” he said. “I just don’t want to announce it yet.”

Yeah, right.

Drawn into this mini-controversy, H&R Block issued a brief statement on the Trump claim.

Kathy Collins, the company’s chief marketing officer, wrote on its website:

“At H&R Block we support all intelligent efforts to reform the tax code. We have 80,000 tax professionals focused on one thing: getting our clients back every dollar they deserve. We give our clients confidence that someone has their back no matter how simple or complicated their tax return.”

Given Trump’s penchant for making enemies everywhere he goes, stabbing H&R Block employees in the back isn’t the worst thing he’s done on the campaign trail.

But he’s sure not making it easy for the people who work for the company to vote for him.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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