Past, Present and Future of Taxes: H&R Block Celebrates Henry Bloch, Six Decades of Company, Opens State of the Art Office

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Past, Present and Future of Taxes: H&R Block Celebrates Henry Bloch, Six Decades of Company, Opens State of the Art Office -Interactive Living Archive to be unveiled followed by opening of state-of-the-art tax office at H&R Block

WHAT: With less than a week before the 2013 tax season officially beings, H&R Block will cut the ribbon on a Living Archive celebrating the past six decades of tax preparation as well as celebrate the future of tax prep with a grand office opening at its World Headquarters

WHO: H&R Block CEO Bill Cobb, Co-founder Henry Bloch, U.S. Retail President Amy McAnarney and other H&R Block executives will participate in the two ribbon cuttings and be available for media requests.

Honoring the Past Unveiling the Living Archive dedicated to Henry and Richard Bloch and thousands of associates who have helped build the company into the largest tax preparation company in the world.

WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT

WHERE: H&R Block headquarters lobby, 1301 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Debuting the Future Amy McAnarney will be on hand for office tours and interviews including 2013 tax season tax tips as the IRS will start accepting filed tax returns just a week later.

WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CT

WHERE: New H&R Block retail office, 1301 Main Street, Power and Light District

WHY: 2013 is the 100th year of the tax code. Only one company can claim they have been part of it for almost six decades. Only one company can claim to have invented the tax preparation industry. And only one company can bring all of these elements together to highlight the past, present and future of H&R Block.

Parking: Media parking is available in the H&R Block parking garage, entrance on Main north of 13th Street. Indicate to security entering as media attending 2 p.m. event.

Office grand opening takes place at the office located on Walnut Street side of the building, across from the Burger King.

Some highlights of the Living Archive – will be unveiled by CEO Bill Cobb and company co-founder Henry Bloch:

•1955 – Iconic $5 ad in The Kansas City Star •1959 – First TV commercial •1960s - HRB becomes publically traded company - First international office in Canada •1970s - Open office in Sydney and Melbourne - 17 Reasons advertising campaign •1980s - H&R Block Workbook makes NY Times Best Seller List - E-files first federal tax return •1990s - Offers digital filing solution - TaxCut •2000s - Henry steps down as chairman - Move to be corporate anchor in Power & Light - Opens H&R Block Bank Branch - Celebrates 50 years as a company, 50 years as publicly traded company and opens first “museum of taxes”

Some highlights of the new, 1,400 square foot office in H&R Block: •9 Workstations •State of the Art Training Facility – Train over 40 tax professionals at a time; 800 Square feet •Dedicated Block Live Office •3 Months to build out the office, the overall project took 6 months


About H&R Block H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest tax services provider, having prepared more than 600 million tax returns worldwide since 1955. In fiscal 2012, H&R Block had annual revenues of $2.9 billion and prepared 25.6 million tax returns worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by nearly 100,000 professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Online Press Center.

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