H&R Block offering year-round services for 52 years
By Kristen Spezialleti
The Coraopolis and Stowe Township H&R Block offices, owned by Frederick De John Jr., offer year-round services, including extensions, taxing agency letters, tax planning and quarterly tax payments.
De John has been in the business for 52 years and owns five H&R Block franchise offices.
Fred De John IV, the general manager, has been involved with the company for 21 years, and his son, Nicolo De John has been for seven years.
The grandfather, father, and son trio enjoy being able to collaborate with their family in their business endeavors. “Three minds are better than one,” they said.
“We can offer a lot of experience here,” said Fred De John IV. He has experience with fiduciary, estate and corporate returns, as well as rental property owners and self-employed clients. “It’s our experience that sets us apart,” he said.
Roma Mehta is a tax preparer at the Stowe Township office and has 29 years of experience with investments, retirement planning and tax planning.
William Kirkpatrick, who is also a tax preparer with the De John’s H&R Block franchise, has 10 years of tax preparation experience.
“We do our own hiring and training, and each of us are required to have so many hours of continuing education to be certified to do certain types of returns,” Fred De John IV said.
De John is a Registered Tax Return Preparer, which is a program started by the IRS to ensure tax preparers pass competency tests and 15 hours of continuing education per year.
“We’ve developed policies and procedures over the years,” many of which focus on how to maximize clients’ returns based on their preferences and financial situation.
To ensure customer satisfaction, client surveys are viewed every day. “This is a client-based business,” Fred De John IV said, so they treat everyone with respect. “My philosophy in life and in business: It doesn’t matter how much money you make. It’s not important. I’m going to give you the same level of service,” he said. “Everybody is unique in their certain tax situation and experience helps to determine what’s best for each individual client.”
H&R Block is now offering up to $3,500 with 0% interest with a “Refund Advance Loan.”
The Coraopolis location at 936 5th Ave., is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday appointments will be available on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. While walk-ins are welcome, you can make an appointment by calling (412) 269-1030.
The Stowe Township location at 731 Broadway Ave. is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (412) 331-1040. Walk-ins are also welcome.
For more information about H&R Block, visit hrblock.com.
H&R Block, Inc. is the world’s largest consumer tax services provider. More than 680 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955.
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