Washington (March 27, 2003) -- Consumer groups wrote the Treasury Department warning that commercial tax preparers participating in the IRS Free File program, like H&R Block, are using confidential taxpayer information to market financial products and services to consumers.

The letter cited H&R Block's Web site, which touts not only tax-related products, but "potentially subprime mortgages" as well.  H&R Block owns both H&R Block Mortgage and Option One, one of the nation's largest subprime lenders.

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