In the Beginning...
Over 55 years ago, brothers Henry and Richard Bloch founded the company known today as H&R Block. The pair began working together in the late 1940s, operating the United Business Company, which provided bookkeeping services to small businesses in Kansas City, Missouri.
As an added courtesy, the brothers offered individual income tax return preparation to the executives of their client companies. Word of this particular service spread, and before long, they were preparing individual tax returns by the score. Henry and Richard saw that concentrating on tax preparation services would be both an innovative and sound business venture. Thus, H&R Block Inc. was formed in 1955, with Henry as president and chief executive officer and Richard as chairman of the board.
Serving Millions of Australians
In 1971, H&R Block opened its first four offices in Australia. They were located in Sydney and Melbourne. The next year, it opened offices in all capital cities.
Today, H&R Block Australia prepares approximately six hundred thousand returns annually, making it Australia's leading tax preparation firm.
Headquartered in Sydney, the company serves the taxpaying public in more than 440 offices across the country. Tax Consultants use the latest in computerised processing and up-to-date electronic filing technology to prepare all types of returns, including personal, investment, small business and corporate returns.
Training the Best ...
H&R Block trains its tax preparers through its own highly regarded Income Tax Course. In Australia, more than 2,000 students enrol in the school annually. The Level One course provides training not only to potential H&R Block employees, but to employees of some of the top financial and accounting institutions in the country.
The training given to the company's Tax Consultants is so thorough that each H&R Block client receives a written guarantee - the strongest in the industry. This commitment to quality is a key element of the company's success.