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H&R Block Surprises Michigan High School Senior With $120,000 Scholarship »

May 11, 2015 at 5:08AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Sean Lawrence Deemed "Most Real-World Ready" in Nationwide Teen Financial Literacy Program
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - May 11, 2015 - Seventeen-year-old Sean Lawrence earned a $120,000 college scholarship through the H&R Block Budget Challenge - a financial literacy program that rewards high school students for mastering personal finance. The St. Clair, Michigan, senior was deemed "most real-world ready" out of more than 93,000 high school students - from 5,621 U.S. classrooms - that competed in the budgeting simulation during this school year.
The scholarship was presented at St. Clair High School during a school celebration. It came as a surprise to Lawrence, who thought he was receiving just one of the 133 $20,000 scholarships H&R Block awarded to financially savvy teens nationwide...

Debra Kent: A Testament To The United Real Estate Model »

May 11, 2015 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Indianapolis Agent Ranks Among Top Agents Nationwide for Earnings and Closed Units
May 11, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing real estate and franchise operation company, announces that Debra Kent of United Real Estate – Indianapolis ranks among the top sales agents for the first quarter of 2015. Beginning her real estate career in 2012, Kent initially joined Sycamore Group Realtors, which transitioned to a United Real Estate office in late 2014. With her increased earnings and top-ranking closed sales, Debra is a testament to the success agents can have with the United model.
“I made the leap and left my full-time career in marketing less than three years ago to do what I always suspected was my calling - helping people buy and sell homes,” said Kent...

H&R Block Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend »

May 08, 2015 at 3:49AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - May 07, 2015 - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share, payable July 1, 2015, to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2015.
The July 1 dividend payment will mark H&R Block's 211th consecutive quarterly dividend since the company went public in 1962.
About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest consumer tax services provider. More than 650 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2014, H&R Block had annual revenues over $3.0 billion with 24.2 million tax returns prepared worldwide...

Jackson Hewitt® Reports Strong 2015 Tax Season »

May 05, 2015 at 9:46AM PDT | Source: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

New Consumer Promise to Work Hard for America’s Hardest Working Resonates with Taxpayers and Drives Growth
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 05, 2015  - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® today announced the best results it has seen in over five years following what has been a transformative 2015 tax season with the launch of a new consumer brand promise and growth across all major areas of its tax business. Total revenues increased 7.4% compared to prior year, and same store sales increased 4.3%. Total returns were up nearly 3% with same store assisted returns increasing 0.5%, driven by new customer growth and improved customer retention. These results are in contrast to a flat in-person tax preparation industry as a whole, according to Internal Revenue Service statistics through April 17...

Liberty Tax Service Reports U.S. Tax Results Through April 17th »

May 01, 2015 at 5:06AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired) - April 30, 2015 - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) (the "Company"), parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today that for the 2015 tax season, from January 1 through April 17, the Company and its franchisees increased the number of returns prepared in its offices by .6%. For the fiscal year to date, the Company reported an increase in returns prepared of 1% compared to the prior year.
"The 2015 tax season was disappointing," said John Hewitt, Chairman and CEO. "The complication and confusion around the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not drive the shift to paid preparers or the level of price increase that we were expecting this year, and in fact might have actually reduced overall return counts for the industry...

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...



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