If someone like Peter Hall can heckle “Downton Abbey” star Laura Carmichael, perhaps it’s O.K. now for the rest of us too. Alan Bennett’s new comedy “People” at London’s National Theatre may be a good place to start.
H&R Block Inc. , the biggest U.S. tax preparer, expects to remain an independent company and will step up efforts to win online customers as more returns get filed electronically, Chief Executive Officer Alan Bennett said.
H&R Block Inc. , the tax preparer whose stock slid 18 percent last month, told investors to ignore speculation that it faces a surge in costs tied to its defunct mortgage business. The shares rose the most in more than a year.
H&R Block Inc. director Thomas Bloch , a member of the family that built the biggest U.S. tax preparer, said he won’t seek re-election because of disagreements with Chairman Richard Breeden and “the intense pressure from short-term oriented shareholders .”