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Paul Davis Offers Tips To Minimize Property Damage And Health Risks This Flood Season »

July 29, 2015 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
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Many Threats To People And Property Remain After A Flood Occurs
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (PRWEB) July 29, 2015 - This year, the threat of flooding is higher in many areas of North America due to record-setting precipitation levels this spring. And, where there is water, mold is not far behind. Paul Davis, a leading provider of property restoration services for residential and commercial property, offers tips for protecting against water and mold damage. Paul Davis is regularly called on to handle these types of emergencies, although much of the damage is avoidable if preventive steps are taken before the flood occurs.
“This time of year, Paul Davis receives many water-related calls from property owners,” said Rich Wilson, president and CEO of Paul Davis...

Threat Of West Coast Wildfires Extends Beyond The Flames »

July 29, 2015 at 6:50AM PDT | Source: Paul Davis Restoration
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Paul Davis offers tips for protecting people and property in 2015.
JACKSONVILLE, FL (PRWEB) July 29, 2015 - This year, fire conditions are the worst on record along the West Coast. In 13 states in the western U.S., $237 billion in property is at risk of wildfire damage. Paul Davis, a leading provider of water, fire, mold and smoke damage restoration for residential and commercial properties, wants to educate property owners now about how to avoid the often-overlooked impact of smoke, soot and ash. The aftermath of a wildfire can lead to costly repairs and health problems – even if the fire is miles away.
Wildfires are a serious threat in the western states, and fire season typically runs from June through September. However, the extreme drought in most areas of the country has led to fires occurring anytime of the year...

New ACA Post-Season IRS Notices, Filing Requirements Impact Millions »

July 28, 2015 at 7:26AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - July 28, 2015 - Estimates Show 1 Million Taxpayers at Risk of Losing ACA Tax Credit Used for Insurance Premiums
If the word "audit" didn't scare taxpayers enough, now there are at least a dozen IRS notices taxpayers could receive relating to the Affordable Care Act. The IRS recently announced one of those notices, for those who received an advance premium tax credit (APTC) but have yet to file a tax return, could be sent to taxpayers this summer. H&R Block (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax preparation company, has a number of audit and tax resolution services, including free Second Look®, to help clients comply.
The newly minted ACA-related notices include:

a letter notifying the taxpayer that the tax return is being held pending additional information, such as Form 8962 used to reconcile the APTC;
a notice that the taxpayer's tax refund is being held until the IRS is able to verify that the taxpayer is eligible for the premium tax credit;
a notice to alert the taxpayer that a penalty is being assessed since the taxpayer did not claim an exemption or have health insurance for all or part of the year, and more...

United Real Estate Celebrates The Grand Opening Of Richmond Office »

July 13, 2015 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

Fast Growing Company Offers Innovative Brokerage Model for Agents in Central Virginia
July 13, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO. - United® Real Estate, a fast-growing urban-centric real estate and franchise operation company, announced today the official opening of its’ Richmond, Virginia franchise office. The United Real Estate – Richmond franchise was purchased by brothers John and Jeffrey Finn and sister Toni Lewis. The trio has been active in the real estate industry for decades. John Finn currently serves as the President of the Richmond Association of Realtors® and is converting his current brokerage, Dominion First Realty, to an United office.
United is expanding its agent-centric model to Virginia’s state capital, allowing area agents to take advantage of United’s unique and disruptive full-service, 100-percent commission-based model...

H&R Block Offering Scholarships To Military Spouses For Income Tax Course »

July 06, 2015 at 7:23AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Classes Teach Fundamentals of Tax Preparation
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - July 06, 2015 - Annual enrollment for H&R Block's Income Tax Course is open and H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) will award full scholarships covering the cost of tuition and books for spouses of active, reserve, wounded warrior and retired military personnel. H&R Block has offered these scholarships for the past 10 years and granted more than $540,000 in scholarship funds to thousands of military spouses in 2014 alone.
The course teaches the skills to learn how to prepare taxes like a pro and is helpful for people who want to better understand their own taxes. Students can learn a new skill and potentially could earn extra money. Though enrolling in the class is not a guarantee of employment with H&R Block, more than 75 percent of graduates who participated in this scholarship program became tax professionals for H&R Block in tax season 2015...

The Growth Coach Now Serving Northern Columbus »

June 29, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

June 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // COLUMBUS – OH – The Growth Coach Business and Sales Coaching is expanding to serve even more of the Greater Columbus area. Thanks to dedicated coach Brad Schneider, The Growth Coach of Central Ohio North opened its doors on May 18, 2015 and will serve the business professionals of northern Columbus, Delaware, Westerville, Lewis Center, and Sunbury.
“The Growth Coach is giving me a way to help local businesses maximize their resources to have a greater impact on their communities and to help the people within those businesses improve their own quality of life,” says Schneider. Schneider brings with him to The Growth Coach of Central Ohio North a long history of coaching, consulting, and organizational development...

Michael Williams Brings The Growth Coach To Northern Virginia »

June 26, 2015 at 4:59AM PDT | Source: The Growth Coach

The Growth Coach, the largest provider of affordable group coaching workshops in the nation, now serves Fairfax, Chantilly, Manassas and Fredericksburg in Virginia.
Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) June 25, 2015 - After a long career with two Fortune 500 companies, Michael Williams is looking forward to bringing his experience and passion for business management and sales to local businesses through his new company, The Growth Coach of Northern Virginia.
The Growth Coach is the largest provider of affordable group coaching workshops in the nation, but coaches also offer one-to-one coaching services, remote coaching delivered via phone and web, and coaching for special projects as well as alternative financing, business valuation services, sales mapping and more...

Statement Of Mark Ciaramitaro, Vice President, Tax And Health Care Services »

June 25, 2015 at 8:03AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

H&R Block Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on ACA Advance Premium Tax Credits
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - June 25, 2015 - (NYSE: HRB) - "The Supreme Court decision today on a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affirms the ability for consumers who enrolled for health coverage via the Federal Marketplace to receive advance premium tax credits to help pay for their monthly insurance premiums.
For 2015, Health and Human Services estimated 6.3 million of the 7.4 million consumers enrolled in health insurance via the Federal Marketplace received an advance premium tax credit (APTC).
This decision indicates there will be no change going forward for the consumers, as well as health care and tax preparation industries with regard to the availability and impacts of premium tax credits...

J.D. Byrider Brings First Franchise To New Jersey »

June 23, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: J.D. Byrider

June 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // OLD BRIDGE, N.J. – Old Bridge-area residents have another option for purchasing used cars now that a new J.D. Byrider dealership is open at 1225 Route 9 North. The new location is the first J.D. Byrider dealership in New Jersey, and it is the first dealership for new franchisee Jay Brichke.
“I look forward to bringing J.D. Byrider to Old Bridge and to the great state of New Jersey,” said Brichke. “My staff and I are dedicated to helping customers with less-than-perfect credit find a dependable vehicle, complete with affordable financing and quality service.”
The 11,000 square-foot location will offer used car sales, nine service bays, affordable pricing on parts and labor and a 24–month/24,000-mile service agreement on all cars purchased...

CardHub Pegs H&R Block Emerald Prepaid MasterCard® Among Top Prepaid Cards »

June 19, 2015 at 3:40AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Emerald Card One of the Best in Two Categories; Scores High Overall
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - June 18, 2015 - CardHub recognized H&R Block's (NYSE: HRB) Emerald Prepaid MasterCard® as one of 2015's Best Prepaid Cards. CardHub used its proprietary cost comparison tool to evaluate features, fees and services of 40 of the most popular prepaid cards based on four common usage habits among consumers.
The usage behaviors included those looking for a replacement checking account, children managing their allowance, people looking at alternatives to check cashing and consumers gaining access to electronic transactions.
"As popularity in prepaid cards rises every year, being selected among the best of the best by CardHub is another indication of H&R Block's core value to do the right thing," said Greg Steinlicht, vice president of H&R Block financial services...

Liberty Tax Service Announces Fiscal Year 2015 Results »

June 18, 2015 at 6:46AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired) - June 18, 2015 - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) (the "Company"), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, today reported its results for fiscal year 2015. The Company reported that the total number of customers served in the U.S. and Canada grew by 2.1% to 2.2 million. Tax returns prepared in offices in the U.S. grew 0.9%, exceeding the national paid preparer category growth rate, while total returns in Canada grew 9.3%.
"Despite one of the most challenging tax seasons in recent memory, we continued our track record of increasing the number of taxpayers we served faster than the overall market," said John Hewitt, CEO. "Unfortunately, the revenue growth we expected from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not materialize and delays in implementation of immigration reform also impacted our revenue this year...

ATAX’s 2015 Tax Season Reinforces Company’s Rise »

June 17, 2015 at 3:52AM PDT | Source: ATAX

Tax Preparations Increase More than 15 Percent; Outpaces Competitors and Industry Tax Return Trends
June 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK – ATAX continues to astonish the accounting and tax preparation industry with its resounding ascent to prominence.
The 2015 tax season proved to be another opportunity for the award-winning tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services company to showcase the momentum it has created with the U.S. individual and small business customer base that it commands.
Announced today, the 2015 tax season was ATAX’s strongest since it began franchising in 2007. From January 1 through April 30, 2015, ATAX’s 40 locations combined to show an increase of more than 16 percent in the number of returns prepared in the 2015 tax season versus 2014...

Liberty Tax Service Partners In IRS Fraud Initiative »

June 15, 2015 at 4:22AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Jun 12, 2015) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), parent company of Liberty Tax Service, has joined forces with the Internal Revenue Service and various state tax authorities to implement specific and actionable strategies to combat tax refund identity theft fraud, beginning with the 2016 tax season. In a Memorandum of Understanding, Liberty Tax, along with the IRS, state tax agencies and various industry leaders, has committed to developing taxpayer authentication protocols, providing aggregated analytical data to the IRS to help identify fraud, and continuing discussion of information sharing initiatives.
"Tax refund identity theft fraud is a growing threat to the tax system and our customers. It can have a devastating effect on honest taxpayers," said John Hewitt, president and CEO of Liberty Tax Service...

Statement Of Bill Cobb, President & CEO Of H&R Block »

June 12, 2015 at 4:26AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Following Today's IRS/Industry Summit in Washington, DC on Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - June 11, 2015 - (NYSE: HRB) - "I am pleased to announce that H&R Block has signed the Memorandum of Understanding, along with other members of the industry. The MOU documents the agreements of the broad-based working group on detecting and mitigating identity theft tax refund fraud. I commend Commissioner Koskinen for his continued leadership of this unprecedented effort to build a public/private partnership to fight this evolving threat.
Our goal for the working group was to implement change to better protect taxpayers. The MOU is a good first step, but it is just a small first step. We must seize the momentum and move beyond a set of predominantly voluntary guidelines...

H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2015 Results »

June 09, 2015 at 7:25AM PDT | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - June 08, 2015 - H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB)

Total revenues increased $54 million, or 1.8%, to $3.1 billion1
Adjusted EBITDA margin of 30.8% consistent with prior year2
Earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.75 3

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today released its financial results for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2015. Revenues increased for the third consecutive year to $3.1 billion, or 1.8%, driven by successful implementation of the company's pricing strategy and improved return mix in its retail locations, improved digital do-it-yourself (DIY) volume and monetization, and the impact of franchise acquisitions...

Liberty Tax Service To Report Fiscal 2015 Results On June 18 »

June 09, 2015 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Liberty Tax Service
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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired - Jun 9, 2015) - Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX), parent company of Liberty Tax Service, announced today that it will report its earnings for fiscal 2015 before the market opens on Thursday, June 18, 2015. At 8:30 a.m. ET on the same day, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its earnings. To listen to the call, dial 855-611-0856 (domestic) or 518-444-5569 (international), conference ID code 48303673, approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time of the call. The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format. The link to the webcast may be accessed on the Company's investor relations website at www.libertytax.com, under the "About" tab.
A telephonic replay of the call will be available beginning shortly after the call continuing until Thursday, June 25, 2015, by dialing 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international)...

One Week Until Tax Day - For U.S. Expats »

June 08, 2015 at 12:07PM PDT | Source: H&R Block

Americans Living Abroad Must File a 2014 U.S. Tax Return by June 15, 2015
KANSAS CITY, MO - (Marketwired) - June 08, 2015 - Americans living abroad must file a U.S. tax return by Monday, June 15, even if they did not earn income in the U.S. As the world's largest consumer tax services provider with offices in 14 countries and territories and a virtual service for U.S. expats across the globe, H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) reminds Americans abroad to file their returns by the 15th, including any previous years' returns they neglected to file, under the IRS streamlined compliance programs.
"With the IRS providing taxpayers abroad the opportunity to file prior year returns to come into full compliance, now is the time to file not just your 2014 return, but to take advantage of the streamlined program and file returns dating back to 2009," said Roland Sabates, operations director of H&R Block's expat filing services...

United Real Estate Accelerates Growth Plans »

June 03, 2015 at 9:22AM PDT | Source: United Real Estate

McCarthy Capital invests in leading 100% commission real estate firm to fuel innovative model.
June 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, MO - United Real Estate, a 100% commission urban real estate franchising company and division of United Real Estate Holdings, announced today that it has partnered with McCarthy Capital Fund V (“McCarthy Capital”) to more aggressively drive its rapid expansion. McCarthy Capital currently manages nearly $1 billion of investment capital across its portfolio specializing in helping grow strong businesses in partnership with existing management.
“The McCarthy Capital team brings a great deal of proven expertise to the table, helping us accelerate the realization of our long-term strategy and growth,” said Dan Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of United Real Estate Holdings...

Liquid Capital Breaks Down Barriers With New International Factoring Program »

May 28, 2015 at 7:14AM PDT | Source: Liquid Capital

May 28, 2015 // Franchising.com // TORONTO - Liquid Capital, a full service trade financing company specializing in factoring has launched “International Factoring Program.” Effective immediately, the new financial solution from Liquid Capital is available to all North American banks, lenders, ABLs and factors and their clients to fund commonly underutilized international A/R accounts.
Liquid Capital’s “International Factoring Program” works with lenders and its clients to increase working capital potential without disturbing existing lender’s security position or relationship. While foreign accounts receivable have generally been considered to be ineligible forms of collateral, with Liquid Capital’s “International Factoring Program,” this is no longer the case...

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...



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