H&R Block Canada expands its tax software products

Deluxe and Premium packages offer users H&R Block's Risk-Free Advantage

CALGARY, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - H&R Block Canada Inc. announced today the expansion of their tax software products with the release of H&R Block At Home(TM) Deluxe and the new H&R Block At Home(TM) Premium Tax Software editions for 2009.

Available at major retailers across Canada, the Premium and Deluxe tax software packages also offer Risk-Free Advantage, a service which allows a software user to access additional assistance from an H&R Block tax professional. Software users can purchase H&R Block's Retail Services, Instant Cash Back or Audit Support at participating locations across Canada and receive a refund to cover the cost of their software package.

"For the more than 10 million Canadians who choose to do their own taxes, H&R Block At Home Deluxe and Premium Tax Software both include a Refund Maximizer feature, so you know you will get back all the money you deserve," explains Cleo Hamel, Senior Tax Analyst, H&R Block Canada. "But we also wanted to offer the Risk-Free Advantage so do-it-yourself Canadians could seek extra support from a tax professional if they need it."

H&R Block At Home Deluxe Tax Software allows users to prepare up to 16 personal tax returns of any type, including capital gains and losses, self-employment income and rental-property income. The deluxe package is available at Best Buy, Future Shop, Staples, Walmart, London Drugs, Office Depot and Amazon.ca or as a download at hrblock.ca.

H&R Block At Home Premium Tax Software offers a small-business solution for unincorporated businesses with a Financial Organization Tool. It also includes a small business start-up kit with 167 tax tips for business owners. Users can prepare up to 20 tax returns of any type with guidance and tax saving tips. The premium package is available exclusively at Staples.

"If you run into difficulties while preparing your return, or you want your refund right away or if you get a letter from Canada Revenue Agency after you file, you can walk into an H&R Block office and buy the service you want," says Hamel. "And the Risk-Free Advantage means you can get a refund on your tax software purchase."

Both packages are certified for NETFILE by Canada Revenue Agency, guarantee accuracy and provide users with a Free Second Look for up to two years of previous tax returns. Data from previous electronic tax returns can be easily carried forward from other software products into both H&R Block At Home Tax Software packages. There is also free technical support year round via email or phone in English and French.

H&R Block At Home Deluxe Tax Software's suggested retail price is $39.99. H&R Block At Home Premium Tax Software's suggested retail price is $59.99.

    About H&R Block Canada

H&R Block Canada has been preparing taxes for more than 40 years and is Canada's leading tax preparation firm. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, the company serves Canadian taxpayers in more than 1,100 offices across the country. H&R Block Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of H&R Block, Inc., a diversified company with subsidiaries providing a wide range of financial products and services. Additional information about H&R Block Canada is available at 1-800-HRBLOCK or visit www.hrblock.ca.

SOURCE H&R Block Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Tina Quelch, Calador Communications, (416) 925-6034, tina@calador.ca

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