Now, while Congress is still trying to determine how to tax income in virtual worlds, H&R Block is joining the Land of Make-Believe. The tax company is opening an office in Second Life where avatars, controlled by real human tax professionals, will answer questions and provide resources.
Real-life tax professionals will be available in avatar form online to answer tax-related questions for free and will hold office hours in Second Life from 6 to 7 p.m. PST on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 17. Among other features, a main auditorium will also allow visitors to watch a video describing the development of BlockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new tax preparation product, Tango.
Tango costs $70 in our real world but goes for 100 Linden dollars within the game. If you want to visit this virtual tax office, log into your Second Life account and visit this link. As of right now, Tango is only open to beta testers, but they’ve been keeping a blog with some thoughts on tax in general. Check out Rita’s posts dealing with language.
Updated March 21, 2011 and originally published March 19, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.