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Prepare Tax Returns Now With Enhanced H&R Block At Home(R)

Prepare Tax Returns Now With Enhanced H&R Block At Home(R) 
Prepare Now to Get Refund as Soon as Possible 
KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/13 --  Despite the IRS
announcement that the tax season kickoff will be delayed, H&R Block
At Home(R) is up to date with the current tax laws and available now
for taxpayers to begin preparing their income tax returns. In its
16th tax season of providing do-it-yourself tax preparation
solutions, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) has unveiled an improved suite of
H&R Block At Home(R) products and a $100,000 Facebook contest.  
Free filing, free advice and free year-round access to the nation's
foremost tax authority highlight the enhancements for this tax
season. The technology lineup includes solutions online, in a box, on
a smartphone and on a tablet to benefit all taxpayers. 
"This year's product lineup offers a range of tools that enable
clients to choose the experience best suited to their needs and
desired level of guidance and support," said Jason Houseworth,
president of U.S. Tax Services at H&R Block. "There is no reason
taxpayers should delay preparing their tax return. Once completed and
filed, we will hold and submit it so it would be among the first
processed. This ensures taxpayers would receive their refund as fast
as possible." 
Making dreams come true
 Through Feb. 5, H&R Block At Home will be
giving away a $20,000 grand prize per week to make someone's tax
dream come true by visiting the Dreamfund app on Facebook. In
addition, taxpayers can win one of $100 instant prizes each day
throughout the contest.  
Taxpayers who enter their Dreamfund wish and share it with friends
have a chance to win the grand prize. Contestants can enter once per
week, or more if they share with friends who also enter the contest.
Detailed rules can be found on the Dreamfund page.  
H&R Block by your side year-round via My H&R Block Account 
 This tax
season, H&R Block introduced My H&R Block Account. This comprehensive
portal provides easy and secure access to all H&R Block tax services
across its offices, online and mobile applications. My H&R Block
Account creates a more personalized, year-round experience for all
clients, regardless of their preferred tax preparation method. 
"My H&R Block Account brings a seamless technolog
y-enabled experience
to all clients and provides the flexibility to move back and forth
between an H&R Block tax professional and do-it-yourself tax
preparation because the core account remains the same," Houseworth
said. "Only H&R Block can provide this type of service across tax
preparation channels."  
Clients can upload documents to store for their use or share with a
tax professional, view up to three years of prior year tax returns
and get up-to-date access to their refund status. The client's
information can be stored year-round for tax preparation, checkups
and tax planning. My H&R Block Account is available via online,
mobile and on the tablet so clients can interact with their account
anytime and in any way they choose. 
File a return on-the-go via smartphone or iPad
 For tax filers
on-the-go, H&R Block has expanded its suite of tax-filing apps for
smartphones and iPad: 


 
--  H&R Block 1040EZ app is now available in Spanish and helps
    consumers file a simple federal 1040EZ from their smartphone for free
    through Feb. 15.
--  H&R Block At Home app for iPad now offers the full suite of
    H&R Block At Home Online products for the simplest and most
    complex returns. The app offers simple navigation and the ability to
    toggle between devices, so clients can start a return via iPad and
    complete it on a PC.
--  Block Live app for iPad lets consumers get assistance from a tax
    professional from anywhere, anytime via video chat. Block Live is like
    bringing an H&R Block tax office anywhere taxpayers would like to
    file a return.
--  H&R Block app is a convenient way to check the status of a refund,
    find a nearby office, set an appointment or read tax tips. It's like
    having a tax professional at the ready.

  
"There are a variety of self-service and tax preparation apps to serve
clients how they want to be served," Houseworth said. "At H&R Block,
our clients can have a mobile experience that gives them the best
service and expertise in the industry." 
H&R Block At Home Now offers real-time chat 
 H&R Block At Home
Online and software solutions also have been upgraded to provide a
more convenient and straight-forward tax preparation experience for
do-it-yourself filers. New features include: 


 
--  Real-time tax advice: For more than 10 years, H&R Block has
    offered tax advice from H&R Block tax professionals in its digital
    products. This year, H&R Block has expanded that offering to
    include real-time chat with a registered tax professional.
--  DeductionPro: This popular tool for calculating the value of certain
    charitable deductions is now integrated into H&R Block At Home
    Deluxe and Premium solutions.
--  Customized interview: For returning clients with a simple tax
    situation, H&R Block helps save time with a streamlined interview
    based on the information from the previous year return. Based on their
    answers, clients only see what is relevant to them, saving time and
    improving accuracy.

  
All H&R Block products (software, online and apps) and services are
backed by the unmatched expertise of The Tax Institute at H&R Block
plus guarantee the maximum refund(1) and full audit representation. 
Only H&R Block tax preparation products offer free audit support and
free audit representation from an H&R Block enrolled agent. H&R Block
also guarantees 100 percent accuracy or the return is free(2). Visit
www.hrblock.com to begin a return for free online or visit
Amazon.com, Best Buy, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples or Wal-Mart to
purchase H&R Block At Home software.  
(1) If you find another online tax prep method that results in a
larger refund (or smaller liability), we will refund the fees you
paid us to use our program to prepare that return. Larger refund or
smaller liability must not be due to differences in data supplied by
you or positions contrary to law. 
 (2) We guarantee accurate
calculations or we'll reimburse resulting IRS penalties and interest
charges (limits apply). 
About H&R Block
 H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest
tax services provider, having prepared more than 600 million tax
returns worldwide since 1955. In fiscal 2012, H&R Block had revenues
of $2.9 billion and prepared 25.6 million tax returns worldwide. Tax
return preparation services are provided in company-owned and
franchise retail tax offices by nearly 100,000 professional tax
preparers, and through H&R Block At Home(TM) digital products. H&R
Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For
more information, visit the H&R Block Online Press Center. 
About The Tax Institute at H&R Block
 The Tax Institute at H&R Block
is the go-to source for objective insights on federal and state tax
laws affecting the individual. It provides nonpartisan information
and analysis on the real world implications of tax policies and
proposals to policymakers, journalists, experts and tax preparers.
The Institute's experts include CPAs, Enrolled Agents, attorneys and
former IRS agents. 
Gene King
816-854-4287
mediadesk@hrblock.com