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H&R Block Schedules Conference Call, Press Release to Announce Third Quarter Results

February 19, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb 19, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Release Dates Announced for Interim 2002 Tax Season Operating Data

H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced it will report fiscal 2002 third quarter financial results and interim 2002 tax season operating data through Feb. 15 on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, after close of market. At that time, a copy of the third quarter press release will be available from the company's Web site at www.hrblock.com.

In connection with its third quarter release, the company will also host a conference call for analysts and institutional investors at 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST) Feb. 27. Mark A. Ernst, president and chief executive officer, Jeff W. Yabuki, executive vice president, and Frank J. Cotroneo, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will discuss the quarter and future expectations, as well as respond to analysts' questions. The call will be Webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the Webcast can be obtained at www.hrblock.com.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 27 and continuing until 8 p.m. EST March 6, by dialing 800-642-1687 (US/Canada) or 706-645-9291 (International). The replay access code is 3200783. A replay of the Webcast will also be available on the company's Web site at www.hrblock.com through March 6.

In addition, the company plans to release interim 2002 tax season operating data after close of market, according to the following schedule:

     March 14 -  Tax season data through Feb. 28
     April 2 --  Tax season data through March 15
     April 15 -- Tax season data through March 31
     May 1  --   Tax season data through April 15
Fiscal 2002 fourth quarter and year-end financial results are scheduled to be announced on June 12, 2002, after close of market.

About H&R Block:

H&R Block Inc. is a diversified company with subsidiaries providing a wide range of financial products and services. In 2001, H&R Block served 19.2 million taxpayers -- more than any tax or accounting firm -- through its more than 10,400 offices located in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. H&R Block served another 2.3 million tax clients through its award-winning TaxCut(R)software program and through its online tax preparation services. Investment services and securities products are offered through H&R Block Financial Advisors Inc., member NYSE, SIPC. H&R Block Inc. is not a registered broker-dealer. H&R Block Mortgage Corporation and Option One Mortgage Corporation offer a wide range of home mortgage products. RSM McGladrey Inc. is a national accounting, tax and consulting firm with more than 100 offices nationwide, as well as an affiliation with 550 offices in 75 countries as the U.S. member of RSM International. Quarterly results and other information are available on the company's Web site at www.hrblock.com .

SOURCE H&R Block Inc.

CONTACT:

Linda McDougall, Media Relations, +1-816-932-7542, or Mark Barnett, Investor Relations, +1-816-701-4443, both of H&R Block Inc. URL: http://www.hrblock.com

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