H&R Block releases 2019 DIY software

H&R Block has released its do-it-yourself desktop software for tax season 2019.

An H&R Block tax prep office
in New York, Friday, August 25, 2006. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News.

Prices range from $19.95 for the Basic package to $79.95 for small-business owners. The software is available at hrblock.com and retail outlets across the country.

Features include the ability to import tax information by dragging and dropping; free help and in-person audit representation; and an added-cost security feature.

For $14.99, the Tax Identity Shield provides prevention and restorative services, according to the tax prep giant. Services include scanning for a client’s information on the dark web, alerts if someone else tries to use their information to file with H&R Block, and monthly Social Security number alerts, new this year. This service is replacing Tax Identity Care, which was offered the past two tax seasons to DIY clients.

Buyers on Amazon.com can again participate in a refund bonus promotion in which they are eligible to receive a 5 percent refund bonus when they direct all or a portion of their refund to an Amazon e-gift card.

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