H & R Block payscale
RogerG

Inola, OK

#955 Feb 25, 2011
In my area, it's $150. Plan on 84 hours in class and about that much outside of class. You should know by week 3 or 4 whether this is something you like doing. The year I took the class, the dropout rate was over 50%. If you just show up for class and don't do the homework, you won't learn much and will struggle - if you're offered a job. It is a VERY GOOD tax class if you put effort into it. I personally believe every Block tax pro should have to retake the class every so often. I had one 15 year tax pro spouting off laws that haven't been in existence for at least 10 years.

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#956 Feb 27, 2011
I took the Block tax class in 2009 and it was around $300.
15 Yr Tax Pro

United States

#957 Feb 27, 2011
Watch what you say about 15 year tax pros, Roger ;)

But in general you are right. It'd be a darn good idea to offer an updated intro class to vets every so many X years.
Lets_be_positive

Quito, Ecuador

#958 Mar 6, 2011
I have been a tax preparer for over 10 years thanks to my start from H&R Block tax courses. I worked the first two years in Block offices and then started freelancing because of my bilingual background and the niche of working with foreigners working in US and US citizens working abroad. In the course of my work history, I applied to a few CPA tax firms and was surprised how they put down H&R Block and my education with them. But I have to admit, in honesty and integrity H&R Block has preparers that are far and above any CPA that I have ever come across as I amended their tax returns. If you want a solid foundation and great work experience for a future career, I would recommend working for H&R Block. IMHO
HR Block Losers

Mission, KS

#959 Mar 9, 2011
retired CPA wrote:
in Ohio the free federal ez is free. If you do the state it's $41 for the state. I have had people just do the free fed and do their own state. It's completely free.
It's usually young people. I tell them that when they are rich and famous they have to come back to me to do their complicated taxes. Some will.
It must have been wonderful to see those people walking out the door smiling by getting a free service at H&R Block.

In my part of the town, anyone who only flles the Federal 1040EZ would have to pay $41, the same applies now when the offer is over. We had to tell people that there was a catch and the marketing ploy was somewhat misleading. There is no such thing as a freebie. I had to tell them it is only free only when you file a state return with it.
HR Block Losers

Mission, KS

#960 Mar 9, 2011
Lets_be_positive wrote:
I have been a tax preparer for over 10 years thanks to my start from H&R Block tax courses. I worked the first two years in Block offices and then started freelancing because of my bilingual background and the niche of working with foreigners working in US and US citizens working abroad. In the course of my work history, I applied to a few CPA tax firms and was surprised how they put down H&R Block and my education with them. But I have to admit, in honesty and integrity H&R Block has preparers that are far and above any CPA that I have ever come across as I amended their tax returns. If you want a solid foundation and great work experience for a future career, I would recommend working for H&R Block. IMHO
A good comparision would be the solo practioner EAs vs Block preparers. Many of the solo EAs will tell you that a lot of Block people are not good because they have corrected many of their returns. CPAs are a bad comparision because many do not specialize in personal income tax. The problem with H&R Block is that they have this McDonaldsque image catering to the lower end population and therefore many CPA firms will see tham negatively. Wouldn't you, if you were a CPA with great education credentials and you compare yourself with someone who just took some H&R Block tax courses.
Jessie

Seattle, WA

#961 Mar 12, 2011
I used to be a cashier and it's a great job. You can make quite a bit of money. However, it can be a very hard job to get into because everyone seems to want it.

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Steven

Mission, KS

#962 Mar 20, 2011
Can someone explain to me the way that the hourly rate is calculated? I've heard several different things:

1) I don't know (most common)
2) 90% of your previous year's commision rate
3) 80% of your previous year's commision rate

I assume that the real way that the hourly rate is calculated is somehow based on the commission rate, but have not seen anything in writing (or clearly communicated) from management.

Thanks!
curtid

United States

#963 Mar 27, 2011
I do I work for h and r block what website signs me up
farmwoman1

Cardington, OH

#964 Mar 27, 2011
I heard that it is 80% of the production rate on your TPR report, which would be a great improvement for this completing second year farmwoman.
Roni

Denham Springs, LA

#965 Apr 12, 2011
I was told
by h& r block that it would cost 250 to do my taxes. When we finished my taxes it cost
me 521 wth could not believe this. So to save me money n learn to do my own taxes I am going to take their course. Is it worth it
Former Tax Pro

Pembroke, GA

#967 Apr 20, 2011
H&R Block isn't a bad company. It's the people running the franchises. My former boss was basically breaking all the rules, stealing from the company, and hiring felons who couldn't get a tax preparation number from the IRS to do taxes. She belittled us in front of clients, and the older pros wouldn't offer help. You didn't have to take the class for her. As long as you acted like you knew what you were doing, you were in. I don't think anyone should judge a company off of what one office does. For those of you who have tried it and had bad outcomes, maybe you should look into a different franchise office.
PKGreen

Towson, MD

#968 May 13, 2011
Just finished my 4th year with Block and I truley love it. I also graduated this May with my AA in Accounting. I absolutley love my clients and working in my home town. H&R Block's trainig is the best I have ever taken. Tax Insitute is awesome. Sure we all would like to make more money, but mine has contiued to grow over the years. I am very happy with my goals and my future. Thank you H&R Block
moosemama

Fayetteville, NC

#969 Jun 19, 2011
I am thinking about taking the tax preparer course this year. I feel this could possibly be a good fit for me. I am currently a stay at home mom with 3 kids. My husband is in the military so my income wouldn't be needed to live off of for a while (until he enters retirement in 9 years) When I was in school I had a very strong math background, made it all the way to AP Calculus before I graduated. I have always prepared our tax returns myself and just recently this year took our return to HR Block to take advantage of the free 2nd look. Our return was a little more complicated than I was used to because we bought a house and we were applying for the home buyers credit (my husband was deployed when it was originally offered so we had an extension) So I figured the peace of mind of having another person look at it would be beneficial. I had to actually go to 3 different offices before I found a preparer who was able to do a 2nd look (first year preparers are not allowed) Once I sat down with her she explained that if she did find errors I would have to pay 100 for her to fix it (a bargain since it would have cost $350+ to have them prepare it in the first place) After she went over everything she certified that it was all correct and asked me if I had ever thought of becoming a tax preparer, The first thought that entered my mind was that she would get a recruiting bonus if I said yes (not sure if they do that but im always looking for alterior motives) I told her no and thanked her for looking over my return and left. This was in March, and I cant get the thought out of my head that I should at least look at the option of maybe taking the class. I enjoyed reading all of your personal experiences throughout the years (its taken me a while to read through them all) and I just had a few questions regarding what happens after your first year. One of the other posters mentioned classes during the summer for $20? Also I know the pay is low but do the hours vary, can you choose your own hours like a real estate agent? for example is there a schedule and the preparers sign up to come in during what ever block of hours or is it more like a fast food job where you are assigned a specific shift? and if in a few years I wanted to go to college and obtain a degree in accounting would HR be the best entry level job to get me moving in that direction, I know PKGreen would think so from their experience, but I'd like to know from some of you more seasoned preparers. Thank you so much in advance

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#970 Jun 19, 2011
$20 for summer classes is for tax pros AFTER they have taken the basic class and have worked for HRB for a year.

The Basic class for new potential tax preparers is about $100. Supposely it's just for the book and the course is "free": Here is a link:
http://www.hrblock.com/taxes/planning/tax_cou...

you can pretty well pick your hours. You fill in a calendar with when you are available and they schedule everyone around this availability calendar.

When I work on someone's taxes who is very knowledgable I say the same thing. There is a recruitment bonus of $50, but I doubt most people are even thinking of this at the time.

And every office is different. In our office we had first years do the 2nd looks, or anyone could who was available.

If you have the time taking the class would be worth it for you just for doing your own returns since you already have a good basis in the tax law.

Good Luck!
RogerG

United States

#971 Jun 24, 2011
RetiredCPA covered most of what you asked.

Block can be a decent job if you think you'll like doing taxes. You won't make much money, but the continuing education ($20) is very good. As long as making very little money doesn't bother you a great deal, then I think you should look into it.

Being good at math doesn't necessarily help much since the computer does most of the math for you.

As for getting the accounting degree, it would help you understand business taxes much better, but I doubt working for Block will be much of a positive on your resume when you're looking for an accounting job. It might be worth a little if you're looking for a Tax job at an accounting firm.

I'd say - go for it. If nothing else, it will help you with your own taxes.
Karen

AOL

#972 Aug 8, 2011
Why would H & R Block not give you their salary potential upfront?
marie

Glendale, AZ

#973 Aug 28, 2011
so whats the general view on h and r block..??
ive started their course just recently and after reading a couple comments here.. i fear that i may not know entirely what i just got myself into..
first of all whats this about not being to work for any other company(not just tax companies but just plain no one else)while you work with block??
#2
being signed into a contract with them??
Hiker

Scottsdale, AZ

#974 Aug 28, 2011
Like any job you will have an employment contract with them which lasts for the length of the tax season. As part of that contract there is a non-compete clause which prevents you for 12 months from preparing returns for any HRB clients for whom you prepared a return.

Whilst working for HRB you can work for some body else. In fact a lot of the seasonal HRB employees have a main job with the HRB job being a side job for extra money.

It is good experience working for HRB and I would recommend them for that plus all the training courses that are available. Just don't expect to earn a very high hourly rate for the first few years working for them.
marie wrote:
so whats the general view on h and r block..??
ive started their course just recently and after reading a couple comments here.. i fear that i may not know entirely what i just got myself into..
first of all whats this about not being to work for any other company(not just tax companies but just plain no one else)while you work with block??
#2
being signed into a contract with them??
Lee

Fontana, CA

#975 Aug 31, 2011
When people state that you are paid so much an hour, how is that figured? What if you go into the office and only see 2 people in 5 or 6 hours. Is it based on time spent with clients or time you clock in?
thanks

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