Washington D.C.  20549

                            FORM 8-K

                         Current Report

             Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                 Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) August 28, 1996

                           H&R BLOCK, INC.
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     (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

  Missouri                  1-6089               44-0607856    
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(State or other          (Commission           (I.R.S. Employer
jurisdiction of          File Number)         Identification No.)

           4400 Main Street
         Kansas City, Missouri                      64111
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(Address of principal executive offices)           (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including are code: (816) 753-6900

                        Not Applicable
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  (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Item  5.  Other Events.

     On August 28, 1996, H & R Block, Inc. issued a press release
announcing that its Board of Directors had decided not to present
to shareholders at its September 11 annual meeting the proposed
spin-off of CompuServe Corporation.

     Included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K
is a copy of the press release referred to above.

Item 7.   Exhibits.

99.1      Press Release, dated August 28, 1996.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed
on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                H & R BLOCK, INC.

Dated: August 28, 1996

                                By: /s/ Frank L. Salizzoni
                                    President & Chief    
                                    Executive Officer

                          EXHIBIT INDEX

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99.1          Press Release, dated August 28, 1996

Media Relations:    Linda McDougall

Investor Relations: Brian Schell

                         FROM ANNUAL SHAREHOLDER MEETING


KANSAS CITY, Mo -- H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) today announced that its
Board of Directors has decided not to present to shareholders at its
September 11 annual meeting the proposed spin-off of CompuServe Corporation
(NASDAQ: CSRV).  The decision not to pursue the CompuServe spin-off at this
time was based, in part,on CompuServe's reported first quarter and
projected second quarter losses,market uncertainties regarding the online
industry, and the September introduction of new interfaces for the
CompuServe Information Service and WOW!.

On August 20, CompuServe announced it expected a second quarter loss of
approximately $.10 to $.15 per share due, in part, to incremental costs
associated with the upcoming introduction of CompuServe 3.0 and the release
of a new WOW! interface.  At the same time, CompuServe reported a first
quarter loss of $17.1 million, or $.19 per share, plus nonrecurring charges
of $17.7 million pretax ($12.5 million after tax), or $1.3 per share.

"The Board continues to believe that a separation of CompuServe is in the
best interests of H&R Block shareholders and will continue to consider the
matter," said Frank L. Salizzoni, H&R Block's interim president and chief
executive officer.

H&R Block's annual meeting will take place in Kansas City as scheduled. 
The proposal to approve the distribution of H&R Block's remaining
CompuServe shares by means of a pro rata dividend to all Block shareholders
will not be brought before the meeting.  However, the other matters
outlined in the proxy statement will be considered at the meeting.

Shareholders who have already submitted a proxy for the annual meeting need
not submit an additional proxy card unless they desire to change their
votes.  Shareholders of record who have not returned a proxy and require a
replacement proxy, or would like to change their vote through submission of
a new proxy, should call Corporate Investor Communications at 1-800-459-
8571 to request anew proxy.  A shareholder holding stock through a broker
or other nominee should contact the broker or other nominee for
instructions on how to vote or change a vote.

CompuServe's anticipated second-quarter loss is a forward-looking statement
subject to risks and uncertainties which could alter the results
materially. Such risks, for example, include the successful release of new
interfaces for CompuServe Information Service and WOW!, the impact of
subscriber acquisition and retention programs, and competition from other
online services and the Internet.

Founded in 1955, H&R Block, Inc is a diversified company offering tax,
financial and information services.  H&R Block is the country's largest tax
preparation firm, servicing 17.4 million taxpayers in nearly 9,700 offices
in the United States, Canada, Australia and 15 other countries and
territories in 1996.  In the United States, H&R Block Tax Services, Inc.
handled approximately one in every seven returns filed with the Internal
Revenue Service this past tax season.  Block Financial Corporation, started
in 1993, develops and provides technology-driven financial services. 
CompuServe is a leader in providing online/Internet, business network and
intranet access services. Through CompuServe, its Pacific Rim licensee and
its affiliates around the world, more than 5 million home and business
users in more than 185 countries can access the Internet as well as online
information, education and entertainment services and products.  Quarterly
results and other information regarding H&R Block are available on the
company's Web page at