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http://bondsmakeiteasy.org During the 2007 tax season, Professor Peter Tufano, founder of Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund, collaborated with H&R Block to study offering U.S. Savings Bonds (Series I) at 27 H&R Block tax preparation offices. 3,729 clients with federal refunds greater than $500 received a scripted offer to purchase US Savings Bonds. 220 (or 5.9%) of these clients chose to purchase bonds spending an average of $228 each which resulted in tax time savings of $50,100.
This memo discusses the details of the 2007 tax season H&R Block US Savings Bond pilot which ran for 14 weeks in two cities: Boston, MA and Schaumberg, IL. The paper reviews preliminary findings related to take-up rate, bond purchasing decisions, and buyer data collected through the tax form. This report concludes with some initial interpretations as well as early policy recommendations.