Three Steps to Get Your Tax Refund Sooner with H&R Block W-2 Early Access

If you are dreaming of what you will do with your tax refund when you get it some time in February, now’s the time to wake up and “three-step” your way to H&R Block’s W-2 Early Access service. Using this service, taxpayers can e-file their taxes Jan. 17 instead of waiting until after the Jan. 31 deadline for employers to mail these forms.

“The impact that a service like Early Access can have on literally millions of people is huge,” said Mary Preston, senior product manager at H&R Block. “We have made every effort to be responsive to what our clients want and need, and this service incorporates five things consumers want most; it is free, easy, reliable, secure and convenient.”

Getting a head start on the tax prep process helps clients get their tax refund up to three weeks earlier than if they waited to get their W-2 from their employer by the Jan. 31 deadline – and this service is free. All you have to do is find, send and file.

Find – find out if your employer is participating

This free service allows taxpayers to e-file their taxes Jan. 17 – the first day the IRS will accept 2011 tax returns – and receive their tax refund up to three weeks sooner. The first step is to find out which employers are participating. Right now, taxpayers can search the W-2 Early Access database of more than 90 million W-2s provided by more than 200,000 employers. Taxpayers also can obtain copies of W-2s from former employers and copies of lost W-2s through the Early Access service.

Send – send your W-2 to a H&R Block tax office

Taxpayers can sign up now for H&R Block’s W-2 Early Access service, which means they will receive an e-mail alert when their W-2 is available and is being securely sent to the H&R Block office of their choice.

“The e-mail notification for our Early Access service is a feature that is not offered by our competitors. Our clients can rest assured that their e-mail address will be used only to let them know their W-2s are available, saving them from having to check back multiple times,” Preston said.

File – file your tax return

The sooner a tax return is filed, the sooner the refund can be in the taxpayer’s hands. A tax refund is the largest lump sum of money many receive each year; last year’s average tax refund exceeded $2,900. This creates a greater urgency for many taxpayers to get their refunds quickly, whether it is to make investments in their future or cover the bills from their holiday spending hangover.