Stride and H&R Block®: Your Integrated Filing Solution for 2019
2019 is here! Not only is it time to start putting those New Year’s resolutions to work, but it’s also time to start thinking about taxes. We know, one of those might be a little bit more fun than the other. However, that April 15 tax deadline has a way of creeping up on us.
Here at Stride, we are committed to making people who work for themselves more productive and successful. One of the ways we are doing that in 2019 is by continuing our partnership with H&R Block® to make filing your taxes as easy as possible. Wondering how this works and what it means for you? Keep reading for all the important details!
Stride & H&R Block® Join Forces Again
H&R Block has been the trusted market leader in tax filing since 1955, which is just one of the many reasons we are so happy here at Stride to continue our partnership with them.
Last year, H&R Block introduced a new product to their line-up: Self-Employed Online Filing. It is designed specifically for the ~60 million freelancers, independent contractors, and self-employed taxpayers who needed a simple filing solution developed to meet their ever-growing needs. We couldn’t imagine a more natural fit based on the community of independent workers we are dedicated to serving. Whether you use Stride Tax, our free mobile expense and mileage tracking app, or are just another independent worker looking to file your taxes and get back to earning your living, this partnership will help make this your most productive and successful tax season yet.
H&R Block® Self-Employed Online Filing Service: Designed for 1099 Workers Like You
H&R Block’s Self-Employed Online Filing product is designed for self-employed workers who file a Schedule C. You will be asked questions about your income types and various expenses, and then given personalized recommendations. Wondering what kind of support you will get? Everything from standard tax documents to understanding deductions are covered. Specifically, you will find guidance around:
Income from 1099-MISC, 1099-K, receipts, and sales
Business expenses – advertising, legal fees, employee wages, business insurance, cleaning expenses, day care expenses, etc.
Net gain or loss
Depreciation – vehicles and other equipment
Home office – utilities, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, etc.
All H&R Block online filers can get help from an expert, including the ability to chat or screen share with an experienced tax pro. Their tax experts can even review your completed return and file it for you.
If online isn’t your preferred tax filing method, don’t worry! H&R Block offers a variety of filing methods, so you can file the way that fits your needs.
Stride Tax Integration for Seamless Tax Deductions
Our partnership with H&R Block goes beyond just providing you with the guidance described above. In fact, the Stride and H&R Block partnership enables you to automatically import all the expenses you’ve been tracking in Stride Tax all year into H&R Block’s Self-Employed Online Filing product with one click! What does this mean? Instead of manually entering each expense, you can simply import all of your expenses from the Stride Tax app. Not only will this save you time, it will also make sure you maximize all your business deductions!
Even better? Regardless of how you choose to file, it will be an integrated solution. Check out the following three instances to understand how it really works:
Online: Stride tax is fully integrated. As mentioned previously, you can import all your expenses with one simple click.
In-person: You can simply bring a print out of your Stride Tax report when you visit your H&R Block Tax Pro.
Tax Pro Go: A new product solution where you upload all your tax documents, including your Stride Tax report, and your virtual tax preparer will take care of the rest!
Pro tip: Haven’t been using Stride Tax? Don’t worry! H&R Block has plenty of filing solutions, including Self-Employed Online Filing, that will still work for you to file your taxes–you might just have to manually enter your expenses. In the meantime, start tracking all your expenses in Stride Tax now! Next-year-you will be thankful, we promise.
Ready to get started? Be on the lookout for your income statements (typically 1099 and W-2 forms), which should be delivered sometime throughout January, but latest by the end of the month! If you haven’t been tracking your expenses, now is the time to start sifting through your receipts and bank statements to identify your various deductions (and to start tracking your expenses for next tax season with Stride Tax!).
We are so excited to make this your most successful and productive tax season ever with the help of our friends over at H&R Block.