H&R Block Kicks Off Tax Season 2014

For the next few months, taxpayers can visit an H&R Block office or prepare their return with H&R Block online or software to meet the April 15 filing deadline. The IRS begins processing returns Jan. 31, but there is no reason to delay. H&R Block will transmit returns on behalf of taxpayers who file in January, then have the refund direct-deposited to a bank account or an industry-leading Emerald Prepaid Mastercard®.

No need to wait for a W-2 by mail. More than 70 million W-2s are available online via H&R Block’s Early Access, where taxpayers can visit www.hrblock.com/w2 to send an electronic copy to their H&R Block tax office, free.

While the fastest way to receive a refund is to electronically file and direct deposit, many taxpayers do not have access to a bank account. For those clients, H&R Block can place a refund on the company’s Emerald Prepaid Mastercard®, which provides control and flexibility to consumers managing their finances, with fewer and lower fees than other prepaid cards.

H&R Block offers every client a free tax and health care review. With the March 31 deadline for those uninsured to apply for health insurance, H&R Block guides clients through the intersection of health care and taxes. The company’s online virtual health insurance marketplace – www.helpth.com – helps clients understand options and enroll at no cost to them.

It is important for taxpayers to review their year for life changes that trigger tax implications. Family-friendly breaks such as education credits and deductions, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and Child Tax Credit are often overlooked, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars in lost refunds.

For information about filing an accurate tax reurn, contact Lenora Pettaway, senior tax advisor and a registered tax return preparer with 20 years experience, H&R Block office is located at 20761 S. Dixie Hwy., or call 305-238-8980.

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