Kansas City, Mo. (May 3, 2004) -- Based on its preliminary results through April 15, H&R Block Inc. said that fees from tax preparation and related services rose 4.8 percent to $2.2 billion.

However, total clients served fell 0.9 percent to 18.8 million in the 2004 tax season. Clients served by the company's digital tax solutions business increased 11.1 percent, while clients served in all retail tax offices dropped 3.1 percent to 15.6 million. Block's average fee per client served jumped 8.1 percent to $139.96.

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