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H&R Block, Fairbury NebraskaGreat New Location Offers Improved Customer Service at H&R Block in Fairbury

With a great, new location and a continuing commitment to provide the best tax preparation service available, H&R Block in Fairbury, Nebraska can crunch, add, subtract, divide and multiply the numbers better than ever. Owned and operated locally by Dennis Wurm, the franchise’s new spot at 1419 K Street provides much better visibility, easier accessibility and a new, improved modern look. Wurm believes the new location will better serve existing clients and also expand its business clientele with better exposure.

H&R Block, Fairbury NebraskaH&R Block has maintained a long history in the Fairbury area even before Wurm purchased the franchise on Dec. 1, 1982. Prior to this, Lyle Johnson had owned the operation for at least 15 years at 510 C Street, next to the Sears store. Wurm would take over the Sears store, too, and added that to the business in spring 1983. For the past 34 years, H&R Block’s office remained on C Street until its move to Prairie Point Plaza on Nov. 15, 2016.

Known most as a tax preparation service, H&R Block works year round providing accounting and payroll services to area businesses. Historically, H&R Block began in 1955 in the Kansas City area, by brothers Henry and Richard Bloch. Their original business formed in 1946, operated under a different name operated as more of a bookkeeping service. Tax preparation was offered to its clients as a courtesy. However, that all changed in 1955 when an ad in the Kansas City Star offered income tax preparation for a fee and customers showed up in large numbers. Bloch became Block with the brothers’ first name initials at the front for the new company. People often did not know how to pronounce Henry and Richard’s name correctly so the new spelling changed that forever. As they say, the rest is history. Fast forward to 2017, and H&R Block is an international corporation with both company and franchise offices numbering over 12, 000. These locations offer accounting, payroll service, and of course, tax preparation.

H&R Block, Fairbury NebraskaFor Wurm, H&R Block has changed its tax service abilities over the last 30 plus years. The first returns were all completed with paper and pencil with copies made one at a time. He had to order blank forms for each and every tax schedule he anticipated using for the upcoming season well in advance. The early 1990s brought electronic filing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The forms still had to be done by hand, but then could be filed in an electronic filing system, Wurm explained.

Locally, Wurm said for years his office had the ability to print a taxpayer’s refund check either immediately or the next day. It was a huge benefit for the customer to get their refund faster than waiting for a check in the mail from the IRS, he said.

A lot of preparation goes into tax preparation for H&R Block employees, too. Each H&R Block associate is required to successfully complete an in-depth course on the Basics of Tax Preparation. Each year after this they are required to complete continuing education to further broaden their tax knowledge, Wurm said. Two or three associates work year-round for Wurm, but this increases to five or six during tax season, he added.

H&R Block, Fairbury NebraskaHow associates train has also changed over the years. At first, training required attending classes and working out of texts. Now, much of the training occurs online and is computer-based. Training has expanded, too, to remain current with stricter regulations by the IRS, he said

For Wurm, a life-time resident of Fairbury, a graduate of Fairbury High School and Grand Island School of Business with an Associate Degree in Accounting, H&R Block is a great fit for Fairbury and Jefferson County.

“We take pride in assisting a broad range of residents in helping them be in the best possible financial situation regarding their taxes and getting all the credits and deductions that they are entitled to. It is great to be able to serve many of the citizens of the community and the surrounding area,” he said. Numbers do matter and luckily, H&R Block is equipped perfectly to do it right.

“We have helped many people make good financial decisions relating to their unique tax situations, such as planning for retirement, investments, and other tax saving techniques. It is a great feeling to give a taxpayer advice that they later come in and say, ‘ Thank you. With your advice I did the right thing’, “ Wurm said.

When he’s not adding and subtracting numbers, Dennis will most likely be found with his family. Wife, Dianne, works for Schmidt Trucking. She and Dennis have been married 41 years. The couple have two children and their spouses and one granddaughter; daughter Alicia, and husband Curtis Arnold, and their daughter Kinsley, and son Spencer and wife Samantha.

 
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