By John Speer
Owner Elaine Linser says the new location for the H&R Block Office at 201, 2nd Ave., Toledo (across from Pamida) features double the previous office space and extra privacy for clients among many improvements.
Along with co-owner and husband Mark, the Linsers and staff will host an open house at the new location this Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and invite the public to tour their new location.
The larger quarters reflect the growth of the H&R?Block franchise here and their second Tama county location in Traer with a 6.2 percent overall and a 42.8 percent jump in new clients for the 2011 tax season.
During the 2012 tax season, which begins the last week of November and runs through April 17, Elaine said nearly a dozen tax professionals along with a receptionist are employed.
History of H&R Block Tama-Toledo and Traer
HRB Original Territory Owner Ray Jiruska who owned the territory from 1968 to 1977, he then sold the territory to Frances Hempy
Frances Hempy then went into partnership with Nancy (Richards) Mitchell, and they were the original Franchisees, opening the office first in a back room of the Pieper Insurance building in Tama, then relocating on Highway 63 in the Hardon Building and then the most recent & well known location was the 110 W 13th, in Tama.
Nancy (Richards) Mitchell sold her half of the partnership to Frances Hempy around 1979.
According to H&R Block contract records in 1984 Frances & Ardene opened a branch office in Traer. Both offices (Tama-Toledo and Traer) were owned by the Franchise Partnership of Frances and Ardene.
Frances Hempy in 1996 sold her half of the Franchise to Ardene Cross who remained the Franchisee until November 2010 when she sold the Franchise too Mark and Elaine Linser
Since purchasing the Franchise Mark and Elaine have moved both the Traer and Tama-Toledo offices to larger more modern offices.
The Tama/Toledo office has more than doubled in size with the addition of much needed parking.
The Traer office previously/originally at 521 2nd Street Traer is now located at 549 2nd Street Traer.
The office is open now and is year around providing business record keeping and preparation services as well as tax preparation.
Among the business services offered are bookkeeping and sales tax and payroll reports.
They offer small business start-up record keeping consultation free-of-charge.
The Linsers purchased and began work to convert the former Pizza Hut location two months ago. The H&R Block Office had been at 13th and McClellan in Tama.
Mark, a design engineer for Emerson Process Management in Marshalltown, put his skills to work to make a plan to covert the building for offices.
Elaine said they were able to do much of the interior work themselves and began by gutting the interior.
The result is a series of modern offices, a comfortable reception area and space to conduct tax preparation classes. The building is a total of 1,920 sq. ft.
Elaine says they are especially pleased to have created a handicap access entrance, handicap parking and restroom facilities. The new location affords triple the total parking area of the former location.
In addition to the Toledo location, the Linsers also own the H&R Block Office in Traer. It was also recently relocated.
Elaine Linser has been associated with H&R Block since 1985 in management and tax preparation.