H&R Block Can Help Extend Your Tax Filing Deadline This Year

Whether You Are Doing-It-Yourself or Need Professional Help, H&R Block Has A

Solution to Push Back the April 16 Deadline



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from H&R Block Inc.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- An estimated 8 million taxpayers
 will ask the IRS for an extra four months to complete their returns by filing
 form 4868 to get an automatic tax deadline extension.  So, where can taxpayers
 find this form and how do they fill it out?  This year, H&R Block is making it
 easier than ever for individuals to push the April 16 tax deadline into
 August.
     For taxpayers wanting a professional to file the extension on their
 behalf, H&R Block has over 9,000 offices open until the last client is served
 on April 16.  Consumers using a Block professional will pay $22 to have their
 extension prepared and e-filed.  That fee will then be deducted from the
 individual's tax preparation charge when the taxpayer comes back to finish the
 return before the extended August deadline.
     And there's more help at www.hrblock.com , where do-it-yourselfers can
 print copies of Form 4868 to fill out and mail to the IRS.  Consumers not sure
 whether or not to send in a tax payment with their extension can use H&R
 Block's free tax calculator to help estimate a balance due amount.  Or H&R
 Block's online tax program will walk you through the process of completing and
 printing Form 4868.  The cost now is just $19.95 and you can come back and
 prepare and e-file your return at no additional charge before the August
 deadline.
     Users of Kiplinger TaxCut(R) from H&R Block also have the option of
 completing and printing the extension form at no additional charge.
     "Whether clients want to file an extension on their own or need some
 professional tax help, we want to make it as easy and convenient as possible,"
 said Mark Ernst, president and chief executive officer for H&R Block.
 "However, taxpayers need to remember that while filing for an extension will
 give you extra time to prepare your return, it doesn't push back the deadline
 to send the IRS a tax payment."
     Taxpayers still unsure about whether or not to file for an extension, or
 simply needing some help finishing their own return, can get some last-minute
 advice from an H&R Block tax professional right up until the tax deadline.
 Consumers can simply go online to www.hrblock.com and use the "Ask a Tax
 Advisor" service.  Using e-mail, live chat or phone, a Block professional will
 answer the taxpayer's specific tax questions for only $19.95 per solution.
 
     About H&R Block
     H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:   HRB) is a diversified company with subsidiaries
 providing a wide range of financial products and services.  In 2000, H&R Block
 served 19.2 million taxpayers -- more than any tax or accounting firm --
 through its more than 10,000 offices located primarily in the United States,
 Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.  H&R Block served another 1.8
 million tax clients through its award-winning software program, Kiplinger
 TaxCut(R), and through its new online tax preparation services.  H&R Block
 Financial Advisors, member NYSE, SIPC, offers investment services and
 securities products.  H&R Block Mortgage Corporation and Option One Mortgage
 Corporation offer a full range of home mortgage products.  RSM McGladrey Inc.
 is a national accounting, tax and consulting firm with 100 offices nationwide,
 as well as an affiliation with 550 offices in 75 countries as the U.S. member
 of RSM International.  Quarterly results and other information are available
 on the company's Web site at www.hrblock.com .
 
 

SOURCE H&R Block Inc.
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- An estimated 8 million taxpayers
 will ask the IRS for an extra four months to complete their returns by filing
 form 4868 to get an automatic tax deadline extension.  So, where can taxpayers
 find this form and how do they fill it out?  This year, H&R Block is making it
 easier than ever for individuals to push the April 16 tax deadline into
 August.
     For taxpayers wanting a professional to file the extension on their
 behalf, H&R Block has over 9,000 offices open until the last client is served
 on April 16.  Consumers using a Block professional will pay $22 to have their
 extension prepared and e-filed.  That fee will then be deducted from the
 individual's tax preparation charge when the taxpayer comes back to finish the
 return before the extended August deadline.
     And there's more help at www.hrblock.com , where do-it-yourselfers can
 print copies of Form 4868 to fill out and mail to the IRS.  Consumers not sure
 whether or not to send in a tax payment with their extension can use H&R
 Block's free tax calculator to help estimate a balance due amount.  Or H&R
 Block's online tax program will walk you through the process of completing and
 printing Form 4868.  The cost now is just $19.95 and you can come back and
 prepare and e-file your return at no additional charge before the August
 deadline.
     Users of Kiplinger TaxCut(R) from H&R Block also have the option of
 completing and printing the extension form at no additional charge.
     "Whether clients want to file an extension on their own or need some
 professional tax help, we want to make it as easy and convenient as possible,"
 said Mark Ernst, president and chief executive officer for H&R Block.
 "However, taxpayers need to remember that while filing for an extension will
 give you extra time to prepare your return, it doesn't push back the deadline
 to send the IRS a tax payment."
     Taxpayers still unsure about whether or not to file for an extension, or
 simply needing some help finishing their own return, can get some last-minute
 advice from an H&R Block tax professional right up until the tax deadline.
 Consumers can simply go online to www.hrblock.com and use the "Ask a Tax
 Advisor" service.  Using e-mail, live chat or phone, a Block professional will
 answer the taxpayer's specific tax questions for only $19.95 per solution.
 
     About H&R Block
     H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:   HRB) is a diversified company with subsidiaries
 providing a wide range of financial products and services.  In 2000, H&R Block
 served 19.2 million taxpayers -- more than any tax or accounting firm --
 through its more than 10,000 offices located primarily in the United States,
 Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.  H&R Block served another 1.8
 million tax clients through its award-winning software program, Kiplinger
 TaxCut(R), and through its new online tax preparation services.  H&R Block
 Financial Advisors, member NYSE, SIPC, offers investment services and
 securities products.  H&R Block Mortgage Corporation and Option One Mortgage
 Corporation offer a full range of home mortgage products.  RSM McGladrey Inc.
 is a national accounting, tax and consulting firm with 100 offices nationwide,
 as well as an affiliation with 550 offices in 75 countries as the U.S. member
 of RSM International.  Quarterly results and other information are available
 on the company's Web site at www.hrblock.com .
 
 SOURCE  H&R Block Inc.