KANSAS CITY, MO (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Today H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) announced its free H&R Block Tax Answers App is available from the App Store. Now iPhone and iPod touch users can hold the expertise of H&R Block tax professionals in the palms of their hands. Whether it's getting a personalized answer to their toughest tax questions, passing the time with a 30-second tax trivia quiz or reviewing criteria for Heads of Household, the H&R Block App has the answers taxpayers want. After all, who isn't curious about how U.S. income taxes came to being? (Hint: it had to do with funding a war; think North vs. South, not Red Coats.)
"We know tax questions can arise any time," said Robert Turtledove, chief marketing officer of H&R Block. "The Tax Answers app puts H&R Block's expertise at people's fingertips no matter where they are or when they have questions."
The app connects users to the Get It Right(SM) Community which is manned by 1,000 H&R Block tax professionals ready to share their expertise. Thousands of previously answered questions can be browsed by topic or specific questions can be asked and submitted for a tax professional's response. Answers will be sent directly to the taxpayer, typically within 24 hours. Additionally, the Tax Answers App includes a tax lingo glossary that explains hundreds of often-confusing, tax-related terms. Other features include a quiz for those wanting to test their tax knowhow and an office locator to provide directions and help users set an appointment with a nearby H&R Block.
"For many Americans, accelerated depreciation, deferred compensation and intangible personal property are confusing terms and are not part of their everyday vocabulary. Fortunately, those terms are part of our daily conversations at H&R Block. Through this app we're able to bring a little clarity to an often confusing topic for iPhone and iPod touch users," said Turtledove.
H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's preeminent tax services provider, having prepared more than 500 million tax returns since 1955. In fiscal 2009, H&R Block had annual revenues of $4.1 billion and prepared more than 24 million tax returns worldwide, utilizing more than 100,000 highly trained tax professionals. The Company provides tax return preparation services in person, through H&R Block At Home(TM) online and desktop software products, and through other channels. The Company is also one of the leading providers of business services through RSM McGladrey.
SOURCE: H & R Block