H&R Block Takes 'Easy' and Adds 'Free' to 1040EZ

H&R Block Takes 'Easy' and Adds 'Free' to 1040EZ 
Office, Online and On-the-Go Filing Options -- Taxpayers Have the
KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/18/13 --  Taxpayers can prepare
their returns now to be ready to file Jan. 30, when the IRS starts
accepting electronically filed 2012 tax returns. As an added
incentive to get started, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) is offering free*
preparation of a federal 1040EZ tax return through Feb. 15.  
H&R Block is making tax filing easy and convenient by providing
options for taxpayers to prepare their 1040EZ tax return for free: 

--  At participating H&R Block tax offices and Wal-Mart kiosks
--  With H&R Block At Home online and iPad options
--  From the comforts of home virtually with a tax professional via video
    chat through Block Live(SM)
--  With the 1040EZ app for iPhone and Android smartphones -- now
    available in Spanish.

"There are roughly 17 million taxpayers who will file a 1040EZ this
year. Almost 9 out of 10 will receive a refund. By preparing their
tax return now, taxpayers can have confidence they'll get their tax
refund as fast as possible," said Kimberly Ardison, a veteran H&R
Block tax professional in Houston. "With H&R Block, taxpayers can
file a simple tax return any way, anywhere or anytime they chose."  
H&R Block makes it even simpler to prepare the return now with W-2
Early Access. This free, online service securely sends electronic
copies of taxpayers' W-2s directly to H&R Block tax offices. Rather
than waiting for the hard copy to be mailed to their home by the Jan.
31 deadline, taxpayers can prepare the return now so it will be filed
as soon as the IRS begins processing. 
Taxpayers who qualify as a 1040EZ filer generally file single or
married filing jointly, do not pay mortgage interest, have no
dependents and earned less than $100,000 last year. 
"Filing a simple tax return is no simple matter," Ardison said. "For
taxpayers who want the confidence of an expert preparer behind them,
H&R Block tax professionals stand ready in our offices. For taxpayers
who prefer to prepare their returns on their own, our online and
digital products are the right choice and are backed by our
H&R Block's tax professionals provide guaranteed tax return
preparation services in-person at retail tax offices open year-round
and through Block Live(SM), the only face-to-face online tax
preparation experience available in the industry. Do-it-yourself
filers benefit from the expertise and guidance of The Tax Institute
at H&R Block when using H&R Block At Home(TM). Because understanding
taxes is an integral part of managing personal finances, H&R Block
keeps the conversation going with clients all year via blogs, tweets
and Facebook status updates. 
*Type of federal return filed is based on taxpayer's personal
situation and IRS rules/regulations. Form 1040EZ is generally used by
single/married taxpayers with taxable income under $100,000, no
dependents, no itemized deductions, and certain types of income
(including wages, salaries, tips, taxable scholarships or fellowship
grants, and unemployment compensation). Additional fees apply with
Earned Income Credit and you file any other returns such as city or
local income tax returns, or if you select other products and
services such as a Refund Anticipation Check. Available at
participating U.S. locations. Offer expires February 15, 2013
Copyright2013 HRB Tax Group, Inc. 
About H&R Block
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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
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