Sears and H&R Block® Offer New Tax Preparation Options and Savings Through Tax Season

-- New Options Online and In Stores Help Customers During Tax Time --

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "Tax Day" isApril 17 this year, and it is one of the nation's most recognized deadlines. Even so, it can sneak up on many Americans causing unnecessary stress. This year, Sears and H&R Block have developed a unique Web page,, to provide consumers the option to prepare and file federal and state tax returns online, or in person at H&R Block offices located in more than 500 Sears stores nationwide.

Do-it-yourself tax filers can purchase their online tax preparation through and receive 15 percent off the cost of Basic, Deluxe, and Premium H&R Block online editions. H&R Block at Sears also offers free federal 1040EZ tax filing online and in stores, through Feb. 29, for customers who qualify for the simple form.  New this year, customers filing online can import last year's tax data from TurboTax® and TaxAct® Online.

"H&R Block and Sears are continuing to create new initiatives to help customers file their returns with absolute assurance and in a timely manner," said David Schuvie, vice president, Licensed Business for Sears Holdings. "Having the ability to provide our customers with the option to prepare and file their taxes online, or to visit an H&R Block office in our Sears stores validates our commitment of being a fully-integrated retailer."

Through April 17, customers at more than 500 Sears locations once again will have the option to file federal and state tax returns as they have for more than 40 years. With all tax filings, H&R Block at Sears offers customers the Peace of Mind® Extended Service, as well as the H&R Block Second Look® Review. Customers can bring in their 2010, 2009, and/or 2008 tax returns to any H&R Block office at Sears to have a tax advisor review it for accuracy and to insure all eligible tax credits and deductions were claimed. Second Look® Review can uncover other preparers' errors and potentially bigger refunds. Customers can find a participating Sears and H&R Block locations through,, then clicking on the 'Find an Office' tab.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,700 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes over 890 Full-line and more than 1,350 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through,, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End—among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck is the 2011 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at

About H&R Block

H&R Block Inc. (NYSE: HRB) has prepared more than 575 million tax returns worldwide since 1955, making it the country's largest tax services provider. In fiscal 2011, H&R Block had annual revenues of $3.8 billion and prepared more than 24.5 million tax returns worldwide, including Canada and Australia. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by approximately 100,000 professional tax preparers, and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products. The H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Online Press Center.

Megan Tarsha
Sears Holdings


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