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December 07, 2007   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
(334) 613-4187
December 07, 2007

H&R Block and Alfa Insurance officials celebrate agreement on new member benefit -- $20 off income tax preparation. From left, are: Dylan Jackson, Alfa agent in Decatur; Bernadette Driver, tax professional in the Hartselle Wal-Mart; Fred Shelton, office manager of Plum Tree office; Wanda Bretherick, community relations manager; and Bob Druckman, H&R Block district manager.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It was during one of those brainstorming sessions that H&R Block calls a "town hall meeting" when Bernadette Driver, a tax professional who is also a member of the Alabama Farmers Federation, had a brainstorm of her own.

"The town hall meetings are about marketing and about how we can reach out to our community, and I thought what better way to reach out to the community than through the Farmers Federation, especially with the drought we've had this year," said Driver, who works out of the H&R Block office inside the Wal-Mart in Hartselle. "Our farmers are hurting, and these people need some help. I thought, 'Let's give them something that's going to help them.'"

Thanks to that meeting -- and Driver's idea -- the Federation reached an agreement with H&R Block locations throughout Alabama to offer a $20 discount on tax preparation to Federation members.

"What a great idea FOR Federation members BY a Federation member!" declared Area 1 Organization Director Tom Jones who worked to make Driver's idea become a reality. "And it couldn't have come at a better time of the year -- right here at tax time."

H&R Block, founded by Henry and Richard Block, got its start Jan. 25, 1955 just as the Internal Revenue Service began discontinuing its free tax preparation service to taxpayers.

Today, the company they built is one of the world's largest financial service corporations, operating out of more than 12,500 tax offices in the United States and more than 1,300 locations in Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, serving nearly 19.5 million taxpayers worldwide.

Download your member discount coupon by clicking here or visit your local Alfa service center. Take the coupon, along with your income tax information, to any of the more than 250 locations in Alabama for discounted tax service.

"The way we operate, if that coupon comes into the office, it wouldn't matter if you were in Kalamazoo, they'd accept it. That's the way H&R Block operates -- we do what it takes to exceed the client's expectations," said Fred Shelton, office manager of the H&R Block office at Plum Tree Shopping Center in Decatur. "This agreement was actually approved by our regional manager who also oversees the Florida Panhandle and Mississippi so it will also be honored in offices there, too."

To learn more about benefits of membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation, visit www.AlfaFarmers.org/member_benefits.

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