H&R Block is a United States tax preparation company with locations in Australia, North America, India and Brazil. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, H&R Block also offers personal finance, payroll, banking, lines of credit and small business services, and mobile and business consulting services. Founded by Richard Bloch and Henry W. Bloch in 1955, H&R Block operates around 12,000 retail tax offices around the world today. They also offer their own consumer tax software along with electronic tax filing and online tax preparation that can be accessed on their website. H&R Block opened a service called Block Advisors in 2016, offering year-round tax preparation for consumers and there are 280 Block Advisor offices.