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H&R Block's Final ACA Stats: Refunds Impacted For Most Who Received Advance Tax Credit »

April 27, 2015 at 6:07AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Numbers Show Increase From Early Season Results
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - April 27, 2015 - Almost two-thirds of tax filers who received insurance via the state or federal insurance Marketplaces had to pay back an average of $729 of the Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC), cutting their potential refund by almost one-third, according to analysis of filing data by H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax preparation company. Conversely, one in four was due additional premium tax credit and therefore had an increase of an average of $425 in their refund.
The end-of-season results showed an increase compared to the results the company found in mid-February. At that time, 52 percent of those receiving a tax credit had to pay back an average of $530, reducing the average refund by about 17 percent...

United® Real Estate Opens New Office In Asheville, NC »

April 24, 2015 at 4:46AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Independent Real Estate Agency Affiliates with United to Amplify Their Offering
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate and franchise operation company, announces the addition of a new office serving Asheville, NC to its’ network of franchise offices, increasing the company’s presence within key real estate markets nationwide. After owning and operating French Broad River Realty, Debbie Leon recently announced her conversion to a United Real Estate franchise.
“The United model offers my agents so much more than I could offer them as an independent brokerage,” said Debbie Leon, Owner and Managing Broker. “I am always looking for ways to improve my agent offering – with 100-percent commission, an agent technology package and ongoing trainings, we can help more agents be successful and more clients to find their dream homes...

AdviCoach Announces Launch Of Virtual Business Coaching Sessions »

April 24, 2015 at 4:02AM PDT | Source: AdviCoach

National business coaching and advisory firm aims to help business owners become empowered, drive innovation and accelerate change through new “Power Hour” series
April 24, 2015 // Franchising.com // Southbury, CT – Recognizing the business community’s need for guidance in a convenient manner that business owners can fit into their schedules, AdviCoach - a national business coaching and advisory firm for small to mid-sized businesses - has introduced a bi-monthly, virtual business advice seminar series called Power Hour. The first four Power Hour educational sessions will be held on April 29, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. EST with a new speaker each hour.
As any business owner knows, independent business ownership can be tricky, and the road to success is often riddled with what seems like a never-ending list of questions on a variety of topics...

H&R Block Reports U.S. Tax Results Through April 16; To Announce Fiscal 2015 Results On June 8 »

April 24, 2015 at 3:52AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - April 23, 2015 -

Assisted returns prepared declined due to the carryover impact of eliminating a promotion in the prior year and continued behavioral shifts in tax filers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
H&R Block tax software returns prepared through online, desktop and mobile applications grew 8.2% over the prior year; monetization improved significantly

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today released its U.S. tax results through April 16, 2015. Total U.S. revenues increased compared to the prior year despite a 0.9% decrease1 in returns prepared to 20.5 million. The company continues to expect EBITDA margins of approximately 30%...

BookKeeping Express Partners With Mr. Rooter To Clean The Drains Of The Plumbing Franchise’s Financials »

April 23, 2015 at 7:18AM PDT | Source: Bookkeeping Express Centre

April 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // TYSONS CORNER, Va – BookKeeping Express (BKE) today announces a partnership with Mr. Rooter, the largest all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company in the world. BKE will help simplify operations for Mr. Rooter franchise owners by combining its secure cloud-based technology with skilled teams of people, enabling franchisees to reclaim their time – working on their business instead of in their business.
BKE’s specialized franchisor accounting platform and expertise in personalized business bookkeeping services is designed to improve the financial well-being of the Mr. Rooter organization. Following the partnership between BKE and Aire Serv, this is the second Dwyer Group brand that has brought on BKE as the preferred vendor...

The Growth Coach Opens New Cleveland Location »

April 22, 2015 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

Kurt Treu, former Market President and Executive Vice President at US Bank, is bringing the “#1 business and sales coaching franchise in the country” to Cleveland.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) April 22, 2015 - The Growth Coach is excited to announce the opening of a new location ready to serve Greater Cleveland. Kurt Treu, former Market President and Executive Vice President at US Bank, is bringing the “#1 business and sales coaching franchise in the country” to Cleveland and promises to deliver better businesses, better lives and better results for business leaders and small and medium sized companies.
The Growth Coach is dedicated to helping business leaders, executives, business owners, managers, sales staff, and self-employed individuals find both financial success and that often elusive work/personal life balance...

The Growth Coach Of Rhode Island And Southeastern Connecticut Earns National Community Award »

April 22, 2015 at 5:16AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

The Community Award is given to an individual who has shown that they are focused on both growing The Growth Coach business as well as improving their own community.
Westerly, RI (PRWEB) April 21, 2015 - The Growth Coach of Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut is proud to announce that owner Dan Marantz received the Community Award at The Growth Coach’s annual national conference in Las Vegas, NV, held February 25-28. The Community Award is given to an individual who has shown that they are focused on both growing The Growth Coach business as well as improving their own community.
Marantz was given the award for his exceptional leadership demonstrated at The Growth Coach of Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut as well as for the work he does with the Jonnycake Center of Westerly...

The Growth Coach Of Metro Atlanta Celebrates One Year »

April 20, 2015 at 11:38AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta is thrilled to be celebrating its one year anniversary of service to the Atlanta area.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 20, 2015 - The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta is thrilled to be celebrating its one year anniversary of service to the Atlanta area. The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta has been working tirelessly to help small business owners, community leaders, managers, and other Atlanta-area professionals improve their business practices to encourage growth, economic stability, and a more manageable work-life balance.
“I partner with clients who are ready to make significant changes – shake up the status quo – and I am dedicated to helping those who are ready to achieve their goals and dreams,” says Kim Ellet, owner of The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta...

The Growth Coach Of Charlotte's Owner Receives Prestigious Award At National Conference »

April 17, 2015 at 5:35AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

James Pagano wins Founder's Award. This award is presented to the franchise owner who shows exceptional leadership and dedication to The Growth Coach’s visions and goals.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 17, 2015 - The Growth Coach is proud to announce that the owner of The Growth Coach of Charlotte, James Pagano, has been awarded the prestigious Founder’s Award at the company’s annual national conference. This award is presented to the franchise owner who shows exceptional leadership and dedication to The Growth Coach’s visions and goals.
Cited as “a true leader in The Growth Coach Community,” Pagano received the award because “not only does he fully support the system and other coaches, he is dedicated to helping the small and medium sized business owners he works with...

The Growth Coach Ecuador Honored With Breakthrough Award »

April 15, 2015 at 10:19AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

Quito, EC (PRWEB) April 15, 2015 - The Growth Coach Ecuador’s owner and master franchiser for the Ecuadorian market, Santiago Garcia, has been given the honor of being the 2015 recipient of The Growth Coach’s Breakthrough Award. Awarded at the annual international conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, from February 25-28, the Breakthrough Award is given to only one recipient and this year Garcia was the clear choice for the honor. Garcia’s hard work, passion, and adventurous vision has made Ecuador the pioneer territory for The Growth Coach’s international expansion since 2010, and it is thanks to Garcia that The Growth Coach has continued to see success in Ecuador and is helping countless Ecuadorian business leaders improve their businesses and their lives...

The Growth Coach Of Cincinnati Receives Coach Of The Year Award At National Conference »

April 15, 2015 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

Tim Shepelak has been awarded the 2014 Coach of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year Award is given to a coach who shows leadership and excellence in all areas of The Growth Coach business model.
Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) April 14, 2015 - The Growth Coach of Cincinnati is proud to announce that owner and executive coach Tim Shepelak has been awarded the 2014 Coach of the Year Award. The award was presented at The Growth Coach’s annual national franchisee convention in Las Vegas, NV February 25-28. The Coach of the Year Award is given to a coach who shows leadership and excellence in all areas of The Growth Coach business model, including client services, sales growth, a strong passion and commitment to helping small and medium-sized businesses grow, and a desire to help the entire Growth Coach system succeed...

Refund Season Nears End: Two Days Left Before Filing Deadline »

April 14, 2015 at 8:34AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Taxpayers Filing an Extension Do Not Have an Extension to Pay, but Can Avoid Penalties
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - April 14, 2015 - Millions of taxpayers, who have days before the tax filing deadline, have yet to file. H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, reminds them all the importance of filing something -- a completed return or at least an extension. So far this season, the average refund is a little more than $2,800 according to the IRS, up slightly from the same time last season. However, total tax returns filed are down. While taxpayers who have yet to file may choose to apply for an extension, they should still pay any outstanding tax liability by April 15, 2015.
"The extension to file is not an extension to pay for those taxpayers who owe the IRS money...

H&R Block: Millions Risk Losing Tax Credit To Help Purchase Health Insurance »

April 13, 2015 at 7:29AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Taxpayers Who Received Advance Premium Tax Credit Must File Tax Return to Reconcile, Continue Getting Help Paying for Health Coverage
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - April 13, 2015 - H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax preparation company, estimates that millions of taxpayers who received health insurance through the marketplace may lose help paying for that coverage in the future unless they file a tax return or extension. The April 15 deadline to file a return is just days away, and approximately 7.5 million taxpayers annually do not file tax returns but should based on data received by the IRS such as W-2s and 1099s.
For the estimated 6.5 million taxpayers who received insurance via the federal or state marketplaces, one requirement for those who also received an Advance Premium Tax Credit (APTC) is to file a tax return to reconcile the amount received and ensure the credit was accurate...

Rainbow International Ranked As Top Franchise Opportunity »

April 10, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

Restoration franchise ranked by World Franchising Network
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) April 10, 2015 - Rainbow International was selected as one of Bond’s Top 100 Franchises by The World Franchising Network.
The results are published in the 2015 Bond’s Top 100 Franchises (6th Edition), which is now available in bookstores or online. The publication includes a three page write up for each company that contains a detailed background material on each franchisor selected. “Selection as a Top 100 Franchise is a great honor to those companies selected and should be a significant assist to prospective franchisees as they start their search process,” said Robert Bond, president of World Franchising Network.
The World Franchising Network develops the list based on a rigorous analysis of several factors such as historical performance, brand identification, franchisee satisfaction, training, ongoing support and financial stability...

Manage The Mayhem After Water Damage »

April 10, 2015 at 4:25AM PDT | Source: Rainbow International

The experts at Rainbow International say property owners should take restoration steps within the first 48 hours. This can help prevent extensive, hidden water damage to their home or business.
WACO, Texas (PRWEB) April 09, 2015 - As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but these same showers may also leave behind something else – water damage. Floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States. Plumbing failures are also a common cause of water damage and loss. Property owners must act quickly in the event of flooding of any kind to prevent extensive damages to their home or business.
Water damage can be illusive in nature. After water enters a property, the extent of damage if often difficult to detect...

How People Are Spending Their Tax Refunds »

April 09, 2015 at 11:51AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

H&R Block Survey Reveals More Tax Refunds Go Into Savings, While Consumers Confess They Would Rather Cash In on Vacations
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - April 09, 2015 - Tax Day is less than a week away, and as some Americans scramble to file returns before the April 15 deadline, early filers are turning their attention toward the best part of taxes -- celebrating Refund Season. The IRS reports the approximate average refund is $2,800 so the big question for many is save or splurge?
According to a nationwide H&R Block (NYSE: HRB)/Nielsen poll, the majority of Americans are in fact more practical than indulgent. Nearly half of consumers who receive tax refunds said they typically put a portion of their refund in savings...

United® Real Estate Expands Franchise Presence In Missouri »

April 09, 2015 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Independent real estate agency affiliates with United to amplify their offering.
April 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate and franchise operation company, announces the addition of a new office serving St. Louis and St. Charles counties to its’ network of franchise offices, increasing the company’s presence within key real estate markets nationwide. After owning and operating Nolan Real Estate Group, Janice Nolan recently announced her conversion to a United Real Estate franchise.
“I love working with so many different types of people,” said Janice Nolan, Broker, United Real Estate – Select Properties. “I am always looking for better ways to serve our agents and clients...

ATAX Advances Franchise Growth »

April 08, 2015 at 11:10AM PDT | Source: ATAX

Award-Winning Founder and CEO Rafael Alvarez Leads Company into Prolific Expansion Phase
April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK – ATAX, the first and only Latino-owned tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services Franchise Company in the United States, announced today an extensive growth initiative to more than double it’s U.S. presence by the end of 2016. The two-year plan projects 100-plus total units open and in development in the next 20 months, building on the momentum the company has established.
Impressively, for the past couple years, existing ATAX locations have shown double digit percentage increases in revenues and the number of tax preparations completed. Thus far in 2015, ATAX continues to be a trusted resource for individuals and small to medium-sized businesses...

Liquid Capital Named Among Bond’s 2015 Top 100 Franchises »

April 08, 2015 at 4:32AM PDT | Source: Liquid Capital

April 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // TORONTO - Liquid Capital, a full-service factoring company that helps grow small to medium businesses by providing funding when they need it, has been featured on the 2015 Bond’s Top 100 Franchises list. The rating is awarded in recognition of Liquid Capital’s performance as assessed by a number of criteria including franchisee satisfaction, brand recognition, franchisee support and other marks of business excellence. Liquid Capital’s rating will be published in the 2015 edition of “Bond’s Top 100 Franchises.”
Ranked among the top 100 franchises in North America out of more than 3,500 franchises, Liquid Capital’s place on the list reflects the company’s reputation held by its franchisees...

United Real Estate Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day »

April 03, 2015 at 11:29AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

April 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate and franchise operation company, announces its support of World Autism Awareness Day. Staff at the home office will be wearing blue all week in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the disorder.
“One of the guiding principles of United Real Estate is the belief that we need to be a positive contributor to the communities we serve,” said Peter Giese, President, United Real Estate. “With approximately 50,000 individuals diagnosed with autism turning 18 each year, there is a growing need to help these individuals successfully transition into adulthood. Autism has touched my family personally; the more time and resources we donate to autism research and support, the more we are able to help individuals on the autism spectrum succeed...



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