Members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or Acorn, announced plans to protest at Liberty Tax offices in more than 60 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4 to demand that the tax preparer change its refund anticipation loans practices.  

As part of an agressive campaign aganst RALs -- short-term loans secured by the recipient's tax refund under which customers may be charged high interest rates to get their refunds faster -- Acorn said that members dressed as the Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam will protest at Liberty Tax's storefront locations to warn potential customers about the high cost of refund loans and inform them about nearby Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites that are run by community organizations, where lower-income families can get their taxes done for free.

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