H&R Block to Hire Thousands of Spanish Speaking Tax Professionals

H&R Block, has announced plans to hire more than 5,000 Spanish-speaking tax professionals nationwide for the 2005 tax season in order to meet the growing needs of Hispanic taxpayers. Openings will be available in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and many other cities where the Latino community has a relevant presence.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than one in eight people living in the United States is of Hispanic origin, making Latinos the nation’s largest minority group.

Bilingual capabilities are necessary for a company that serves Hispanics and understands the unique characteristics that make up every group within this community. Tax returns in the United States require certain information that Hispanics may not be familiar with because tax compliance is different in their countries of origin. When providing services to this community, understanding its diversity is of utmost importance.

“H&R Block’s bilingual tax professionals continuously take required training courses in order to remain up-to-speed on all changes and updates to the tax legislation,” added Dougherty. “Our Tax Training School has classes in Spanish for Hispanics interested in learning a new skill or starting a new career.”

H&R Block’s Tax Training School program is an 11-week income tax course designed for those without existing tax knowledge as well as those wanting to update their tax skills.

Beginning Sept. 13, H&R Block’s Tax Training School will offer classes in Spanish at many H&R Block offices located in Hispanic communities throughout the country.

To learn more about course schedules, locations, enrollment and class fees*, call toll-free (866) 790-1115 (Spanish-speaking operators are available) or visit the company’s Web site at www.hrblock.com/espanol

* Fees vary at participating offices.

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