Behind the Block

An inside look at what goes on behind closed doors at H&R Block.

Feb 7th, 2015

7 Things Worse Than Waiting For Your Tax Refund

The IRS gets 90% of taxpayers their refunds within 21 days of when their tax return is received. If 21 days sounds like an incredibly long time, just think about how many more awful things you spend your time waiting on. Here’s my top 7: 7. Descaling your humidifier or espresso machine. I don’t even […]

Jan 29th, 2015

Where Is My Refund, Really?

It’s refund season! Literally. We have seen among the conversations on our Facebook page that many H&R Block clients were given a “direct deposit” date of Jan. 30 by the IRS. We couldn’t be happier for you. However, between when that date was communicated on Wednesday (Jan. 28) and now, there has been much speculation […]

Jan 27th, 2015

Tax Identity Theft – How to Protect Yourself

It’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. Why does it need its own week? Unfortunately it is an ever-growing problem. The IRS initiated 1,063 investigations into tax identity fraud in 2014. The Treasury Department reported that IRS received 1,841,144 returns in 2012 involving identity theft. Tax identity theft occurs when someone takes your personal information and […]

Affordable Care Act
Jan 6th, 2015

What is an ACA specialist, and how can they help?

Danielle (28) and Mike (29) are married. They have two children, Alex (4) and Alicia (7), who live with them all year. Danielle and Mike file a joint return and have combined wages of $18,800. They have no other income. The couple is not required to file a tax return, but do in order to […]

emerald advance
Nov 3rd, 2014

Be Financially Prepared with the Emerald Advance® Line of Credit

Update: You can apply for the Emerald Advance Line of Credit until Jan. 19, 2015. It’s a wonderful time of year! The most wonderful, some would say. But on top of fun and food, there may also be new coats and boots for the kids, winter maintenance for the cars and frozen water pipes to […]

Oct 21st, 2014

World Series: Would You Spend It?

It’s the hottest ticket in H&R Block’s hometown right now: the World Series. For those of us in Kansas City, it’s been 29 years since the Royals have given us the opportunity to see a World Series game in our fair town. So the excitement is high and so are the ticket prices. On Tuesday afternoon, […]