Tax deadline nears as H&R Block offers extended hours, more ways to get taxes done
- When: Whether they work the third shift or are a night owl or early bird, many people need help with or want to do their taxes outside regular business hours. During extended hours,
H&R Blocktax offices across the nation will be open to give people face-to-face help from a tax professional outside of the usual hours and will be open until the last client is served on April 15. H&R Blockonline filing and desktop tax software products are available 24/7 for people who want to prepare their own taxes day or night.
H&R Blockhas an office within 5 miles of most Americans – nearly 10,000 nationwide. But if going to an office isn’t their jam, people can have a tax professional complete their return virtually through Tax Pro Go; clients upload their documents and the tax pro prepares, signs and files their return. Do-it-yourself people can prepare their return using H&R Blockonline filing and desktop tax software products from their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device.
- How: Not everyone falls on either end of the tax-prep-method continuum from having a tax professional prepare their return versus doing it themselves. For people solidly in the middle,
H&R Blockoffers multiple products to meet their specific tax-prep method preference. Those who land closest to the DIY side can prepare their own returns with H&R Block Online and Ask a Tax Pro through unlimited chat or phone and screen sharing capabilities when they have specific questions that come up as they’re preparing their return. Those DIYers a little closer to the middle can still prepare their own returns with H&R Block Online, and use Tax Pro Review to have a tax professional review, sign and e-file their return for them. On the other end, people who want a tax professional to do all the work, but want to interact with the tax professional in a more digital, virtual environment, can use Tax Pro Go to skip the office visit and have an expert file for them.
“Every year, 150 million Americans file taxes and 97 percent of them rely on some type of help.
File something and pay by
However and wherever they choose to file, people do need to recognize the
“To avoid late payment penalties, you have to pay at least 90 percent of your taxes due,” Pickering said. “A tax professional can help you estimate your tax liability or you can use a tax calculator online to figure out your tax liability and make any necessary payments to avoid the penalty.”
Even if a taxpayer can’t pay the taxes due, filing a tax return or extension before the deadline can help limit how much ultimately must be paid in penalties and interest. In addition, if they can’t pay their balance due all at once, they can request a short-term extension to pay, enter into an installment agreement with the
Taxpayers who owe this year may need to update their W-4 with their employer or begin making estimated tax payments to help prevent the same situation next year at tax time. An
E-file to avoid delays, mailing mishaps
“Aside from using an approved delivery service, people should also know the
If a taxpayer uses the
Get help online, virtually or in an office
H&R Block’s tax professionals will help clients online, virtually and in offices claim all the tax breaks they are entitled to and file their returns or extensions so they can avoid failure-to-file penalties that could quickly add up to 25 percent on top of their tax liability.
For additional help estimating their tax liability, filing an extension or understanding their payment options, taxpayers may contact a local
For Further Information Investor Relations:
Colby Brown| (816) 854-4559 | firstname.lastname@example.org Media Relations: Susan Waldron| (816) 854-5522 | email@example.com
Source: HRB Tax Group, Inc.