Comparisons for tax season performance has been complicated by the extension of the 2020 tax season deadline to June 17 and this year’s to May 17.
Block said its system had prepared 21.6 million U.S. returns for fiscal 2021, an increase of 28.9 percent from slightly more than 17 million in fiscal 2020. The 26.9-percent increase is skewed by the difference in deadlines.
“We drove significant growth in DIY revenue and continued strong growth at Wave,” Jones said. He noted the company is also “seeing positive signs in virtual adoption by our assisted customers and we also saw a great uptake of DIY clients requesting human help”
The average net charge per client fell by about 2 percent year-over-year. But Jones said that was entirely due to most new clients being filers at lower price points.
Block reported net income of $590.2 million from continuing operations for the most recently ended year, an increase of 10.5 percent from slightly more than $584 million a year ago. Revenue for 2021 was $3.41 billion, up 29.3 percent from $2.64 billion
Block is also adding an element of complication by changing the end of its fiscal. Year from April 30 to June 30. Fiscal 2022 will begin on July 1 with Block panning to file a Form 10-QT for the transition months of May and June.
The company ended the most recent fiscal year with 10,675 offices worldwide, down 3.1 percent from 11,011 a year earlier. However that reflected a loss of 103 offices in Canada and 43 in Australia, with those two much less populous countries representing 43 percent of the decline. The U.S. total at year’s end was 9,271, off 2 percent from 9,461.