H&R Block, DOJ Ink Deal Over Web Service Access For Blind

By Ama Sarfo (March 6, 2014, 4:12 PM EST) -- Two H&R Block Inc. subsidiaries will make their online tax services more accessible to blind taxpayers, after inking a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims in a proposed anti-discrimination class action filed in April, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

H&R Block's website, tax filing utility and mobile apps must now meet certain criteria found in an international Web accessibility standard, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, starting Jan. 1, 2015, according to a consent decree. And subsidiaries HRB Digital LLC and HRB Tax Group Inc. must appoint a Web accessibility coordinator, adopt a Web accessibility policy and train...

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