H&R Block creates Calculatron Facebook application to enable easy tax estimation for students



    CALGARY, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - H&R Block Canada, the leading tax preparation
company in Canada, today launched its Calculatron tax estimator application on
Facebook, one of the world's leading social networking sites.
    Facebook users in high school, college or university can download the H&R
Block Calculatron application and check out their anticipated tax refund or
balance owing amount. Once they have used the Calculatron to calculate their
refund, students will have virtual money to spend on themselves and their
friends using the Social Life Simulator. Students can go on a Spring Break
vacation, invite their friends to movies or go shopping. If they need to earn
cash, they can deliver pizzas, become a circus performer or even a movie
extra.
    "Our research shows that many students don't file tax returns because
they believe they didn't earn enough money or qualify for credits," says Cleo
Hamel, Senior Tax Analyst, H&R Block Canada Inc. "In fact, students qualify
for a number of credits such as Textbook Tax Credit and the Education Amount.
Combined with their tuition fees, it can add up to a tax refund of hundreds of
dollars. We are hoping the H&R Block Calculatron encourages more students to
file a return and take advantage of the tax credits available to them."
    Facebook student users will be encouraged to download the H&R Block
Calculatron application through a notification on their news feed page. The
application is designed for students with less than $29,590 in income for
2007. Once their tax refund is calculated, they can spend their virtual money
in the Social Life Simulator.
    H&R Block serves more high school, college and university students than
any other tax preparer in Canada. H&R Block tax associates are trained to
understand all the credits and deductions students are entitled to claim on
their tax return.
    The application was designed for H&R Block by Dashboard and Due North
Communications.

    About H&R Block Canada

    H&R Block Canada prepares nearly two million tax returns annually, making
it Canada's leading tax preparation firm. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta,
the company serves Canadian taxpayers in more than 1,000 offices across the
country. H&R Block Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of H&R Block Inc., a
diversified company whose subsidiaries provide a wide range of tax and other
financial services and products. Additional information about H&R Block Canada
is available at 1-800-HRBLOCK or visit www.hrblock.ca





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